They were used pre and post Kahu for night illumination of target areas and as "targets" for live firing of AIM-9s!
Thanks, i'm not claiming any piece of information in your book to be inaccurate, so sorry if my question came across in that way. However I'm curious as to why the SU-44's were used for that job post kahu and not the ALR-39 dispensers?
Post by skyhawkdon on Jun 22, 2017 10:11:47 GMT 12
It looks good. The Safe Air guys did a good job of converting it back to a TA-4G. Interesting how the canopy is open. Hopefully the birds aren't nesting inside! Wigram recently made the decision to close all of its canopies/windows to stop dust entering the cockpits.
Post by planecrazy on Jun 22, 2017 12:57:49 GMT 12
Interesting, I guess there are reasons for and against having them open or shut. As you can see the single seater has her's closed but quite a few in the Nowra museum have them open. Link below to my visit to Nowra.
Post by planecrazy on Nov 23, 2017 11:02:37 GMT 12
The latest XL 750 to call by was piloted by Pacific Aerospace’s chief pilot who happened to be an ex A4 driver, Chris “Undies” Underwood.
Chris is possibly/probably the last person to fly an A4 in New Zealand delivering NZ 6505 to Woodbourne on the 30/7/2004. Had a great old chat with Chris who kindly answered my many questions and also signed my History of the RNZAF Skyhawk book, here is my rc two seat A4 with the book, thank you Chris!
Note, I put possibly/probably because on page 341 of the book it states "What was probably the last Skyhawk flight ever in New Zealand, took place 30/7/2004, when Chris Underwood flew '05 into storage at Woodbourne,,,,,,,,,,"
Be great to find out if that was in fact the last flight? Thank you..........
Last Edit: Nov 23, 2017 11:04:01 GMT 12 by planecrazy
At the RAeS Canterbury Branch meeting last week we had a former Skyhawk pilot (who frequents this site) enthral everyone with tales of dog fighting F-16s and other amazing tales from his aviation career. Even I learnt a few things!
NZ Warbirds Facebook page posted that link after they'd seen me post it on the WONZ Show Facebook page. Do you follow the WONZ Show page Errol?
In the same way that I follow several FB pages - they are favourites in my browser, which I go to occasionally. So NZW shared RadioNZ without reference to you (unsurprisingly) and I didn't know you had done it first.