Anthony Galbraith and I acquired the services of an ex RNZAF engineer by the name of Paul Higinbottom. Paul was working for Air New Zealand at the time doing airframe repairs so as we needed some sheetmetal work done on the Austers we approached Paul and he was keen to overhaul our boot cowls and firewalls. Anyway he is now working for Airbus (was Safe Air) and he is off to work on the Draken A4 fleet. Apparently all of them have been flown really hard and are going to go through a Major overhaul (A D-check). Paul has been there before and he mentioned that one day one of the ex-IDF A4s had an ex-RNZAF A4 dive brakes installed......still complete with RNZAF roundel. This wasn't on thought the Kiwis so out with a bit of foam material, made a stencil and proceeded to paint the Kiwi roundel on the other dive brake. Paul then related that it was discovered that this A4 was going to be totally repainted so the painter was told to take a good long look at that roundel before he proceeded to paint over it! Oh and we have asked Paul to take lots of photos too!
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.