Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 2, 2005 13:59:47 GMT 12
I'm sure I started a thread about this when the forum first began but I can't find it anywhere and it seems to have disappeared!!
So, which aircraft from either the RNZAF or warbirds based in NZ have you spotted in films or TV programmes, or even adverts?
Yesterday I watched the NZ film 'Absent Without Leave' (1992), a true wartime film about a Kiwi soldier (Craig McLachlan) who goes AWOL to take his wife from Wellington to Auckland. In that, the SVAS Harvard from masterton, NZ1033, makes an appearance and proceeds to crash into trees near a farm where the soldier is working. It's quite a good piece of flying, and then when he gets to the crashed plane, there is a great mockup of the crashed Harvard. It must have been another non-airworthy Harvard, but it had a strange, taller canopy for some reason. The most impressive thing about this film was actually seeing how they made Wellington and some Wairarapa town look so authentically 1940's, with so many old vehicles and army trucks. The story itself is a bit weak, but worth a watch though.
Other appearances I've seen: - Harvard and Auster in the NZ film 'Broken Barrier' (1952) - Warbirds Dakota in Eta Ripples advert series - Catalina in Lotto adverts - Grumman Goose in Cold Water Surf adverts - SAFE Air Freighter and RNZAF A4K's in Disney's 'The Rescue'
I'm sure there are many appeareances I've forgotten.