"thought to be the only NZ built aeroplane to fly in the UK up till that time" - Odd comment to make, a Fletcher (ZK-DZI) made a trip to and tour of the UK in 1975 after appearing at the Paris Air Show that year.
Would be interesting to hear of what film ZK-DMN was involved with.
Last Edit: May 7, 2010 22:27:53 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Post by Dave Homewood on May 7, 2010 22:56:50 GMT 12
I think it may have actually said it was the only New Zealand homebuilt aircraft to fly there. The forum had a blackout while I was posting this and I had to wait about 15 minutes before I could get it to post, and I probably lost my train of thought.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 7, 2010 22:58:09 GMT 12
Of course, an Airtourer was flown there before the Fletcher too. Was that Fletcher taken by ship? Or did it had a fuel tank installed in the hopper? It would be a very slow, long flight from NZ to the UK.
When DMN came back it was reassembled at Gulf Aeronautics where I worked. As transponders were becoming mandatory at that time we installed one of those and an electrical system to power it. Being the smallest (a "confined spaces specialist") I spent a fair bit of time upside down in the cockpit running wiring, and also trying to bleed the brakes (which were terrible!). Oddly we were told nothing about the movie work the aircraft was supposed to be involved with. It seems strange to send an Isaacs Fury all the way from NZ to the UK for a film when there are plenty of Isaacs Furies over there anyway (even some full size Fury replicas...) I think that there is more to this story somehow.....
The bit about being the first NZ built aircraft to fly in the UK is obviously wrong - there were quite a number of Airtourers, fletchers and the CT4 prototype that had gone before it. Maybe the first NZ built homebuilt? this is actually quite a big thing as Homebuilt aircraft don't always comply with another countries regulations, especially in the UK where they have much stricter rules than in NZ. DMN at that time belonged to Dougal Dallison, a colourful character with a thing for importing unusual aircraft.