The remains of Blackburn Baffin, S1674 (NZ160) is now in the hands of Don and Steven Subritzky. Restoration will begin soon to bring to life this aircraft nearly 74 years after its crash into Little Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsular. The remains which are now at Dairy Flat are the only remnants of this rare aeroplane left in the world and much technical information will be required and has to be found. Anyone on the Forum who has or knows of Baffin Manuals or Drawings, Don & Steve would be pleased to hear from you. We will be updating this post as the restoration progresses. Meanwhile, here are the photos of how it was in 1939 and how it is today.
1939 photos from Don Noble Collection.
More photos of this project to come when it is fully laid out.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 13, 2012 10:46:41 GMT 12
This is indeed the aircraft recovered by Sir Bruce Stewart using his boat, after it force-landed in the sea due to engine failure whilst being flown on a navigational exercise by P/O Wilfred Hopkins and P/O Robert Grant, on the 10th of May 1939.
adf.serials wrongly says it was broken up at Rongotai. It didn't leave Little Pigeon Bay for years as far as I am told. The engine and guns were removed by the RNZAF and the rest was left on a farm, which I think was Stewart's property.
Post by Andy Wright on Dec 13, 2012 17:52:13 GMT 12
Can I ask a stupid question? Is it a bit forward of me to throw out the idea that the forum 'adopt' this project? I know if we're going to donate etc the forum itself certainly deserves it but it just crossed my mind that given how unique this project is and the extreme amount of interest we all have in it perhaps we can become the Baffin Bods or something else along the lines of a supporters group (all with yay/nay from the Subritzkys of course).
Just a thought that has popped into my head without too much thinking it through re logistics etc.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 13, 2012 18:07:20 GMT 12
So you're suggesting a Blackburn Baffin Supporters Group?
The "Baffin Boffins"
As a long dedicated fan of the Baffin I think this is a great idea to both support the project with raising funds or finding parts, and also get the story of the Baffin's rather important service career out there