My understanding is that they got close, but not quite. 7623 got a bent aileron doing some edge of envelope stuff at Nelson, which caused a stir, and a bit of strife for the pilot, who went on to fly 747's for Air New Zealand!
Originall Instruments, but then became Avionics when the great trade shuffle took place. I joined in 65 and retired in 87. Worked on mainly transport stuff, plus Orions and Friendships. Was on 1 Squadron from December 76 to August 80, so did a bit of tripping around with Andovers, including a Singapore detachment in 78.
Big problem was cracks in undercarriage struts which was going to cost beaucoup bucks to have dies and moulds cast to manufacture at least 10 sets. That's when the bean counters got in the way. It was an expensive aircraft to operate too (extra big RR Darts), but what a performer, tactically. I had many happy hours flying them, including a couple of "please explains?" BTW, who was at Matamata on 26 Sep 79, besides me and an Andover???
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 18, 2008 11:47:41 GMT 12
Sniff, I'd love to hear more about your days flying the Andover. Got any good stories?
I remember seeing an engine being crated up to be sent to the 42 Squadron UN detachment in Tehrain, Iran, back in 1990, and apparently every crevice was being stuffed with the items that the Iranians didn't like, such as cans of beer and dirty magazines, for the RNZAF lads htere.
Thanks for these old photos. Yes compared to today's technology they may lack something but you (and we) have them now. As for myself I stopped taking 'useless' 35mm lens photos 40 odd years ago (my opinion then) thinking that other photos would come along - and they never did - and now there are very few. Any (old) photo is a good photo. ;D Often they can be improved with computer graphics technology if the resolution is OK.