EARLY in December, the RNZAF's No 41 Squadron will fly home its three Bristol Freighter transport aircraft, and they and the squadron will go out of existence for the RNZAF. The story of No 41 Sqn and its Freighters is a unique one; equipped continuously with the type since 1951, the unit has served with them in South East Asia continuously since 1955. Recently, WINGS editor, Ross Dunlop visited the squadron in Singapore to report on the twilight days of the Bristol Freighter in RNZAF service.
A BRIGHT yellow Tiger Moth is one of the main characters in a New Zealand-made full-length film shortly to be released.
Bill Dittmer's ZK-BCZ, which has consistently won prizes for being the Tiger Club's Most Magnificent Moth since he rebuilt it a few years ago, aptly plays the part of a newly-restored Tiger and is used for the bulk of the flying sequences in Tony Williams' production Solo. Also providing action in the first half and at the end is Geyserland Airways' Cessna 172 ZK-DXO, painted to represent a fire patrol aircraft flown around some of the more scenic areas of the pine forests near Tokoroa.
WHILE in the past every Fletcher FU24 agricultural aeroplane produced in this country has been essentially a "one-off" model, each with different customer specifications, Aerospace Industries is now moving towards having one basic production model, which it hopes to have coming off the production line from mid-1978. In the past these "specials" have sometimes been noticeable by the small or large cargo door, and in some cases even without a door, in the rear fuselages, while interior variations such as the instrument layout were the order of the day with every potential customer specifying something different. Other variations were in the type of hopper, hopper box, spray-boom or spray attachments fitted, and even the odd passenger model.
SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, the Civil Aviation Division issued CAIC GEN 22/1977 (Civil Aviation Information Circular —general) announcing the prohibition of the time-honoured practice of using aircraft to clear stock from airstrips (see August WINGS).