I have been looking at the code and cannot work it out. Did you copy the "Direct" code under the "SHARE THIS PHOTO"? I think you may have copied a different code?
I really don't know what I'm doing - just ask the wife.... now I'm kinda stuck because I have to work for a living for the next few days... I had a few more photos also but can't see how you managed to get that one posted???
1. From the Photobucket library I clicked the photo. 2. From the SHARE THIS PHOTO menu on the right hand side of the screen I clicked on <IMG>. This flashed briefly as the code was copied to the clipboard. 3. On the WONZ page I clicked on <REPLY> (rather than use the Quick Reply box as I wanted to format text). 4. I used CTRL-V to paste the copied code from the clipboard into the text box. I didn't use the Insert Image button or anything as it wasn't necessary. 5. I clicked on <PREVIEW> to make sure the photo displayed properly, then back to <BBCode> to continue composing the rest of the post.
To this very day, the kid who used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. On the plus side, he makes great Subway sandwiches.
Thats super - thanks heaps for that - when I follow the directions nothing seems to go right so I'm glad someone has managed to get some photos up. I hope nobody minded that there weren't too many plane photos - I have awhile bunch of them too but really I wanted to show how much interest there was from the public ... In fact GAPS is really well supported by most people as I found out a couple of weeks ago when I flew Auckland to Mandeville and back in DPP... I visited the aviation museums at Mandeville Ashburton Tauranga and of course Omaka and I was humbled by the well wishes of those involved in managing the museums I visited. And to be honest I think that the Wings over New Zealand represents the most fantastic virtual museum one can ever imagine! So thanks Dave and all that contribute and support ... cheerio for now from Aus - Roger
Footage of the Avenger in action at Thunder in the Sky, Gisborne 21st May 2017 Shot by Alan Pheasant of the Gisborne Model Aircraft Club who had models on display, really cool to see. You might have to log in to FB to see the footage, sorry non-FB users.. Footage is just under the photo of ZK-AXJ
A SPITFIRE will split the sky over Gisborne in early November when the Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society(GAPS) stages its “First Light Wings and Wheels” show at Gisborne airport.
The November 4 airshow follows hard on the heels of the very successful “Thunder in the Sky” show GAPS staged in May that drew a crowd of more than 1200. The programme of aerial handling and ground displays, including by the Grumman Avenger from Ohakea, thrilled the big crowd that day. “The twin-seater Spitfire operated by Warbirds of Auckland will be our special guest for the November show,” said show spokesman Roger van der Zanden. Supermarine Spitfire TR MK 1X 2K-WDQ (civilian registration) or MH 367 (RAF designation) was constructed in its original form at the Castle Bromwich factory in the UK in July 1943. It was a Mark IX with a Merlin 61 engine. “It certainly is a real thrill to have the ‘Spit’ come here for our show,” Mr van der Zanden said.
The aircraft saw wartime service initially with No 65 Squadron RAF with a first operational sortie on August 15 1943. Its last combat sortie was on 18 April 1945. MH 367 was scrapped in 1948 to be rebuilt in the United States as a twin-seater, using components of several aircraft, to fly again in November 2006. The aircraft first flew in New Zealand in May 2008. It is presented in the livery of Squadron Leader Colin Gray, New Zealand’s highest scoring WW2 ace. The aircraft is one of a few genuine two-seat Spitfire’s worldwide and Warbird Adventure Rides in Auckland offers rides in it. The Spitfire is the iconic British aircraft of WW2 that earned immortality in the Battle of Britain. A Warbirds’ spokesman said those interested in a flight will “live” the experience of the “The Few”, the fighter pilots who won the Battle of Britain. “We guarantee an experience you will never forget.”
Other featured craft The “First Light Wings and Wheels” show will also feature a Percival “Gull” and a Gypsy Moth, both of which featured in the movie “Jean”, about the legendary New Zealand aviator Jean Batten. The Gull started life as a Percival P28B Proctor 1, built in the UK in l939 and began service with the Royal Air Force in l940. It was ferried out to Australia in the 1950s where it was based until it moved across the Tasman to New Zealand in 1999. The aircraft then underwent a rebuild and was converted to a Vega Gull. After 11 years of restoration it finally landed at the Warbirds base at Ardmore in Auckland in July 2011. Jean Batten was one of New Zealand’s pioneer female aviators. Born in September 1909 in Rotorua, she became famous by breaking a number of solo flight records during the 1930s. She died in 1982 aged 73, while living in Palma, Majorca. She is honoured at a number of places around New Zealand including MOTAT in the Pioneers of Aviation exhibit, and at Auckland International Airport where the international terminal is named in her honour. Jean Batten flew a De Havilland DH60 M Gypsy Moth (G-AARB) in all her record flights before 1935. The Moth is a two-seater, open cockpit biplane with a four-cylinder engine. The one coming to Gisborne, while not Batten’s aircraft, is of that era and bears the same registration numbers as the one Ms Batten made famous. Other aircraft coming include Harvards and a collection from Classic Flyers in Tauranga.
As well as the visiting aircraft there will be more than $3 million worth of vintage cars from the New Zealand Rolls Royce and Bentley Club, along with vintage WW2 vehicles.
The Eastland Group will once again be involved in the November 4 event as one of GAPS’ biggest supporters. GAPS president Paul Corrin said the show would be another crowd-pleaser. “The Spitfire is going to be a huge attraction. It has been at least 20 years since we have one of those here, and the pilot on that occasion only dropped in to refuel. “It’s great we are going to have both aircraft and 23 Rolls Royce and Bentley vintage cars here. “We are excited about the day and everyone is very much looking forward to it.” The show will run from 9am-4pm that day and the vintage cars will be involved in a parade through the central city.
Timeframe for the day:
• 9am: Gates open at Gisborne Airport and the aircraft arrive.
• 9am–9.30am: Rolls Royce and Bentley Car parade along Gladstone Road to the airport.
• 10am: - Powhiri.
• 11.30-12 noon: Rolls Royce and Bentley Cars depart.
• 1pm–4pm: air handling displays by the visiting aircraft.
• Admission charges: $10 adults, $5 children, kids under 5 free and that includes entry to the Gisborne Aviation Museum.
• Snacks and refreshments available to buy throughout the day and there will be a live band playing.
Thanks for the post ngirl5 ... yes we have been planning the 1st Light Wings & Wheels for quite some time and now it is looming ever closer GULP! We were a little surprised at the turnout in May for the Avenger visit and this time our benefactor's including the Airport Authority have advised us to prepare for a significantly larger influx - this means notifying CAA doing all the right paperwork etc etc real heads down bums up stuff ... we have been helped heaps by Classic Flyers big thumbs up to them or is it a high five these days?
We are busy trying hard out to make the GAPS hangar more like a place visiting aircraft would like to stay ... as such we have remounted the Lodestar's engines and started on our technical workshop ... once the floor is painted we will place all the machine tools etc into the technical workshop and then We will be much more safe from the general public doing silly things!
The big aircraft are going to be moved forward and the littley's; Auster's and Tiger, will be moved about to accomodate the influx in November.... I have some photos but because I haven't mastered how to post them Mr Homewood is going to for me ... Hope you enjoy them
MMMMMMMM well maybe I am too old to learn ha ha - was hoping the photo would show like everybody else! but if you click on it I think you get the picture
We have been busy doing other things also - trying to get the Museum ready for when the Avenger returns and when we hold our next airshow. We have installed new entrance doors and are building a new entrance area so it looks like a Museum rather than tradesman's entrance ha ha... The power was installed by a local branch of Electrinet and also sponsored by grants - we (GAPS) had to pay about 10% of the overall 20k cost so a big thank you to the Electrinet guys the Eastland Community Trust people and to the kind assistance of the Atkinson Trust ... Really after working in darkness down the front of the hangar for so long its a transformation kind of better than th industrial revolution ha ha
Plus ... Classic Flyers have been really great running a training session for operating the Avenger without breaking her - another one of GAPS members and I will be doing further training session soon - its super to be able to pick up a little of th knowledge that the guys at Classic Flyers have and to think they are trusting us with the old girl ... fantastic
We are currently putting the empennage back onto the DC3 - for us bit of project but eventually we will succeed - The bracketed and associated metal parts re all pretty much buggered so lots of make believe going o there... it will look okay though and not too many people will be any the wiser ... Okay bye for now
Another up date on GAPS for interested peoples ... GAPS has vested its operations into a new Museum Trust - Tairawhiti Aviation Museum. GAPS will continue as a volunteer support organisation for the Museum Trust. This is a big step for us as it is future proofing the Museum - we are all getting a little older and this move was away of safeguarding the Museum from an operational point of view.
I have a question also as we are busy trying to sort out many items collected in the past and perhaps not so relevant to the Museum's future - one of the items we have and do not really need in the museum is a Bristol Freighter passenger pod - we would like it to go to a good home and perhaps trade it for something more appropriate for the East Coast ... maybe a Lear jet? ha ha - if anybody has any contacts or ideas re moving it on let me know...
Next step is to continue planning our next aviation event - scheduled for 19th January 2019 to celebrate the return of our Avenger ... at the moment we are busy trying to get some people trained up in operating the avenger safely and not destroying all the hard work done by the team up in Tauranga! big responsibility there...
Ok thats all for now Cheers Roger
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2018 21:33:24 GMT 12 by rogerzz
THE First Light Wings and Wheels show at Gisborne airport on Saturday drew a bigger crowd than the May airshow and the star of the event, a Spitfire fighter, was a huge hit.
A crowd estimated at about 1500 went through the Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society (GAPS) hangar during the day. “We are certainly very happy with the support today,” said GAPS president Paul Corrin. “It was disappointing that seven of the vintage aircraft we expected, including Havards, a Percival Gull, Stearmans and a Yak were unable to get out of Auckland and Tauranga due to weather. “But the Spitfire was just sensational and put on a beautiful display.” Mr Corrin said they were lucky and privileged to have the aircraft here at all. “It would not have happened without the support of Eastland Group.”
The Spitfire flew nine joyride missions while it was here and Gisborne man Ross McKeague was the first to go up. “This was a 60th birthday present to myself, because flying in a Spit is something I have always wanted to do. I have loved them since I was a kid. “It was bloody excellent, an absolutely amazing experience. The sound of the aircraft from inside the cockpit was just incredible.” The Spitfire was piloted by Frank Parker and Liz Needham from Warbirds in Auckland. “It’s a lovely aeroplane to fly. “It’s like flying a piece of history really and she handles very well, providing you treat her like the grandmother she is,” Mr Parker said. The aircraft, now valued at $5 million, flew many combat sorties during the Second World War. Liz Needham flies Air New Zealand commerical jet passenger aircraft for a living. “It’s the same flying discipline with the Spitfire, but different. “You cannot be in awe of it. You’ve got to get stuck in and fly it. “I have had more than 26,000 flying hours. You have to admire those young guys who flew them in the war with not much more than 200 basic flying hours.” Both pilots said they had enjoyed their time in Gisborne hugely. “It has been a great few days to come here and support the GAPS team and what they are trying to do,” Mr Parker said. “Certainly they have a very impressive facility here. “It was our privilege to bring the Spit to Gisborne for the first time.” The 27 visiting cars from the NZ Rolls Royce and Bentley Club had plenty of attention from the public. “It has been a fantastic trip around East Cape and to be part of this show today has been amazing for us,” said club spokesman Rodney Hutchison from Auckland. “The East Cape really turned it on for us with superb weather, and the people we have met have been great.”
Gisborne’s Grumman Avenger fighter bomber is back and ready for people to see and hear. Gisborne Aircraft Preservation Society spokesman Granville Jones says the Grumman has been returned after a four-year rebuilding programme at Tauranga. She arrived as planned in the early hours of the morning on Monday, October 28. “She was lifted off the trailer and moved inside our hangar. This week some of the people who rebuilt her at Tauranga came through and refitted her propellor so we could give her a run. “We pushed her outside and pressed the start button and with a great cloud of smoke, she roared into life,” Mr Jones said. Although she will never fly again, the Avenger is complete. Her engine is able to run and her wings able to fold. GAPS is happy to invite the people of Gisborne to check her out on any Sunday between 10am and 1pm. “She is your aeroplane, so you are welcome to come and look her over. The charge is only a $2 coin for adults and a $1 coin for children. Mr Jones hopes some might wish to join GAPS and come along and work on its projects. GAPS is also building up to its next air show on January 9. Supplied to the US Navy, this aircraft (NZ2505) has a strong connection with Gisborne. She was the first Avenger to arrive on the strength of the RNZAF when she arrived at Darton Field in 1943. She served as a training aircraft at Gisborne throughout the war. Later she was in use for towing targets and in topdressing trials. After the war, she was sold to Waimato Aviation but was put in a kids playground at Opunake Beach. She next appeared at the Silverstream transport museum in 1972, before being acquired as a source of spare parts for the restoration of another Avenger by the RNZAF Museum in 1987. She was loaned and eventually gifted to GAPS in 1999, who loaned her to Classic Flyers for restoration in 2014. She was returned to GAPS fully restored but not in flying condition. The engine runs and she will be able to taxi and fold her wings.
This aircraft first flew in 1941 and had a role as a torpedo bomber, although it also flew with a 2000lb bomb load. It was developed in America for the US Navy and Marine Corps but was also used by the British and Canadian navies and the New Zealand Air force. It was built with folding wings to serve on aircraft carriers but was used by New Zealand as a land-based bomber. Almost 10,000 were built by Grumman and General Motors. It was powered by a Wright Cyclone twin cyclone radial engine. It carried a crew of three — a pilot, turret gunner and a bombardier/radio operator. It was heavily armed with a turret gun and guns in the wings and under the tail. The Avenger was the heaviest single-engine aircraft used in the Second World War. Famous crew members included future US President George Bush, and film actor and director Paul Newman. The Avenger attracted fame for the wrong reason when “Flight 19”, a group of five of these aircraft, mysteriously disappeared in the famous “Bermuda triangle” puzzle while on a training flight.