To echo Dave's comment, this restoration has been pretty special to me too with this machine's RNZAF and NZ civil history. One of the blogs mentioned the last time ZK-BCV flew here was in 1955 - the only example to do so (as far as I know...) until 2012.
I was chuffed to get to see her in late December & to catch up with Andy. I planned my trip home to Hawkes Bay to include a 5 hour layover in AKL so a hangar stop at Ardmore & a visit to Motat were squeezed in
Great pictures Stew. Great that you were able make time to visit the AVSPECS hangar for a catch up.
Post by Gavin Conroy on Jan 14, 2019 16:50:51 GMT 12
Sure was a great day and amazing to see it fly twice on the same day, says a lot for the quality build. If I am in the Spitfire I always leave the canopy open from start to finish as its easier than trying to open it at 200 knots in case it comes off in flight, its an eye watering cost to replace it which I don't want to be responsible for. It also has a nice seat raising feature so I sit high to help see the aircraft we are flying with as the first few minutes is quite busy for a Spitfire pilot.
Fantastic news to see another Mossie back in the air. A cracking job by the team at Avspecs. Hoping to get a look myself this Friday as long as they aren't too busy.....Now if she was flying.....dreaming
Luxury Guesthouse owner from North Wales GB. If I could Live anywhere else it would be.....go on guess!!
Thanks to my "informant" on your side of the Ditch I was able to make the announcement to the crowd at Evans Head gathered for the first airshow of the year _ I think anywhere in the world - that she had flown only just after it had taken off. Response was clapping and whistling even from my remote location near the runway. Looks Bloody Brilliant!!!!! Congrats to everyone involved....... Now where was that bloody pelican who told Glyn that he would never even rebuild his to static ??