ZK-APU at Whenuapai (Hey, this one doesn't look like all of the others ) .
ZK-ASX is a "not quite an airliner" airliner, it was issued free to the Civil Aviation Administration from the RNZAF on the 26th of January 1949 but was never put into service and was eventually broken up at Rongotai in October 1950.
Another Lockheed product that falls into the "not quite an airliner" category is Hudson ZK-AHY (ex NZ2079) which was transferred to Union Airways as a crew trainer in July 1945. AHY was withdrawn from use and returned to the RNZAF in December 1946. Here is Hudson ZK-AHY at Mangere in April 1946.
It's great to see these Lodestar shots, an underated type in both the RNZAF and civil aviation.
There was an article in the Gisborne Herald during the Metroliner era with Air NZ Link/Eagle Air when a Metroliner on a flight from Auckland to Gisborne (it may possibly have been the other direction) broke the previous speed record for an airliner on that route, making use of a tailwind. The fastest trip by an airliner between the two centres prior to that record-breaking Metroliner flight was held by a NAC Lockheed Lodestar. Obviously the Fokker Friendships weren't fast enough to break the record held by the Lodestar.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Really enjoying this thread Hairy and what a great archive this site is building up. Here's four shots of Lodestars that haven't been shown. The first is taken at Kaitaia where our neighbours (now 90+) flew to often. They still recall their flights as fast and furious. Sorry about the quality but the beautiful art deco style BP fuel tanker is worth recording. The other nostalgia trip these bring are memories of the different engine noises each aircraft type had. You would always know what it was, before seeing it. And planes travelled slower, DC3, Bristol Freighters, Sunderlands, the odd DC4/DC6, Harvard, Devons etc would drift overhead giving you plenty of time to get outside to spot them. The de Havillands always sounded a bit tinny, we preferred heavy metal. Great posting Hairy, thanks.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 9, 2011 15:25:15 GMT 12
Great shots again Marcus. Thanks for those. Does anyone know what year NAC began painting the roof and tail of the Dakotas white? To me that's the really classic scheme with the white on top.
I always find it amusing how the ground staff dressed like ice cream men back then with peaked caps and crisp white uniforms. Keeping your hat on while on the tarmac must have been an issue I guess, especially at Rongotai.
As promised here are, mainly at Whenuapai, some visiting Classic Airliners .
1st up BOAC Avro Lancastrians.
G-AGLF over Palmerston North (sort of).
Now some RAF Lancastrians
VM701 Are what appear to scorch marks on the front of the hangar a result of the Hudson incident?
VM735, 26 November 1956
Now for something a little bit different, Lincoln RE364 "Aries II" with Lancastrian like mods, two Lincolns were modified in this manner (the 2nd being RE367), these conversions were nicknamed "Lincolnians".
And to round out these visiting Avros, York PE107.
Next up will be something a bit different from Boeing.
..................................................Horses racing a Hudson along the runway at Norfolk Island, April 1943...................................................
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 11, 2011 1:08:05 GMT 12
Great photos of some unusual vistors there. The 'scorch marks' on the hangar would not be from the Hudson I don't think. In fact I think it's the remnants of camouflage paint. I think the hangars were painted there, I know they were at Hobsonville and Wigram. Hobsonville had the entire grass airfield painted to look like something it wasn't from the air.