Tuesday 16th March Rob Burns and Chris Bromley will attempt in our New Zealand based Thunder Mustang “Tigers Blood” to gain the FAI Word Record for a speed flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Norfolk Island, Australia return. Each leg is 518 nautical miles and over water.
At this stage the weather forecast is good, Chris and Rob will depart early Tuesday morning from Ardmore airfield to Auckland international Airport where they will fill up with Avgas, flight plan, clear customs and depart around 9.30 hrs. Later that day we hope to be celebrating at our Kiwi Thunder hangar afternoon after they touch down at Ardmore around 15.00 – 16.00hrs having cleared customs upon their return at Auckland international Airport.
Unfortunately due to our current weather Rob and Chris have rescheduled the record attempt for this Friday. If they are successful drinks will be on in our hangar from five pm. Stay tuned for progress on the day.
If it wasn't for the water, it wouldn't be that hard! its actually a shorter distance than Ardmore to Mandeville! Best wishes guys - hope it goes well (It should be really boring - you dont want "exciting" in over water flight.....)
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
In our Thunder Mustang Chris Bromley And Rob Burns departed Ardmore today at 08.30 hrs for Auckland International airport where they processed through customs, toped up the gas and flight planed. They set heading for Norfolk Island at 10.04 hrs. Weather conditions in Auckland 8/8 cloud so hoping they get a break as they head North. We anticipate them back in Auckland at 16.00 hrs. You are all invited for drinks at the Thunder Mustang hangar at 14.30 hrs. Photos are on the “Thunder Mustang Face Book Group” of the departure.
As I type this the boys are on their return leg bound Auckland , New Zealand. We are expecting them to touch down at Auckland International at 15.45 hrs and be back at Ardmore 16.30 hrs. I hope they are bringing me some duty free! Great Photos Colin The prop is allways coarse prior to start.
Hope to see some of you later today. Cheers, Simon