Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 4, 2011 10:59:03 GMT 12
Now that several of the RNZAF Skyhawks have now been removed from storage and have gone on to public display where the experts have had a chance to look them over, I have a question:-
Given that we heard the officials saying that the aircraft were perfectly protected from the elements in the latex covering and that they could be made to fly again with minimal problems... and given the unofficial reports that they had suffered badly in the long term storage with water damage, etc... what is the verdict now?
Have the aircraft come out of the open air storage and latex covering with no issues? Or have they suffered corrosion, water damage, and other problems as a result of the method of storage? What is the verdict guys?
I've only seen '54 and '04 so far. '54 looks pretty good but '04 (and I hear '16 at Omaka) has suffered water damage and corrosion in the cockpits. Apparently that is one of the reasons those aircraft have been selected for museums rather than being sold to Wolf in the US (who intend to fly them).
Subject to change but this is understanding of the Museum list Phil.
05 & 54 to Wigram 04 to Ashburton 16 to Omaka 01 to Classic Flyers 06 to MOTAT (may be 02?) 02 to NZ Warbirds (may be 06?) 09 to Wanaka 13 or 15 to Nowra (they have been offered a choice but not both!)
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2011 14:22:49 GMT 12 by skyhawkdon
you would think the aussies would take 15, it being one of theirs originally.
So was 13 (in their original first batch). 15 was in their second batch but has a combat history in Vietnam so would be my pick. They hope to deliver whichever one they get before Christmas and to reassemble it after Christmas.