Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Nov 25, 2010 23:34:09 GMT 12
Believe it or not, one of the pilots who flew those TEAL Solents into and out of Wellington joined this forum a few weeks ago, as did his son. Captain Geoff White flew one of the RNZAF's Bristol Freighters from the factory in England to New Zealand. Not long after that, he left the air force and started working for TEAL. He eventually progressed to the DC-10 before he retired.
However, I don't know what his nickname is at this forum, but his son is Seafire.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Neat pics of the Islander & her conversion, I remember Airfix Mag featuring a conversion to this from the Airfix Sunderland about eleventy years ago. I'd have loved to have done it but I didn't have any spare Sunderlands lying around then (still haven't) :-[ Steve.
Post by Peter Lewis on Nov 30, 2010 14:19:41 GMT 12
There have been subsequent problems with the conversion of this aircraft. Because the conversion from a Sunderland to air transport operations was not done by Shorts, British CAA got all snuffy and would not let it operate under certification as a Sandringham.