Post by planewriting on Feb 26, 2019 16:56:38 GMT 12
Great to see it fly. The video clip reminds me of my times learning to glide at Ardmore. Then were signs at each end of that road warning people about low flying aircraft. Can't remember the exact wording as that was 50 years ago. Came the day when Pawnee CEB came in over the fence complete with top rope and landed. A few minutes later a traffic cop arrives on the scene complaining about the tow rope ring hitting the roof of his patrol car. "Please sir, there are signs to warn motorists of low flying aircraft..."
Post by FlyingKiwi on Feb 26, 2019 18:56:38 GMT 12
I was airborne in the circuit at the time, it was an awesome experience and somewhat surreal to have the P-39 above us in the overhead. How lucky we are at Ardmore to share the skies with these aircraft.
Certainly great news and I guess we are getting to the stage where we expect that to be the case. Does anyone know the movements of this aircraft and how long it might stay in the country before export.
Post by FlyingKiwi on Feb 27, 2019 20:26:37 GMT 12
Looking at that last photo makes me understand why the tailwheel pilots had some difficulty with these when they were introduced, that gear geometry really requires the nose to be very high for the flare, looks like the oleo extends a lot when it's off the ground, and it also doesn't look like it would stand a great deal of abuse.
Pioneer have just a few minutes ago posted up on their FB page that they are planning another test flight for the P-39 "early this afternoon". Probably last chance to see it flying in NZ before it is containerised and shipped off to the US.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
It did two more flights today. Such a beautiful machine and such a unique sound. Unfortunately I seem to have always been in the wrong place at the wrong time to get a really good photo of it over the last week but just seeing it in person has been a great experience.