Post by planecrazy on Jul 10, 2017 21:12:26 GMT 12
Around 3.5 hours north then west of Sydney, NSW, is the small country town of Scone, a town that serves the local farming community. My reason for visiting, Pay’s Warbirds, founded by the late Col Pay, his son Ross now runs the business which provides a number of aviation services. As well as restoring and maintaining Warbirds the family has a number of gems in the personal collection. Ross kindly took some time away from his busy day to have a chat and allowed me to freely explore the hangars.
Harvard in US Airforce markings.
Ex RNZAF P40 NZ3094 had her engine out for inspection which is being performed in house, she is painted up as a RAAF 3 Squadron aeroplane.
One of the first aeroplanes to join the collection CAC Mustang A68-107.
Very pleased to have a look over the southern hemisphere’s only airworthy Hurricane, this machine is maintained but not owned by the Pay collection.
Fortunate to go over to the restoration hangar where there are two Mk IX Spitfires under restoration.
This one is the ex Connie Edwards Mk IX that flew the most hours in the filming of the iconic film Battle of Britain. Ross told me that Connie, who flew the machine during the filming, was shot down over 150 times in this machine during the making of the movie.
This aeroplane will be restored with almost all it’s original parts, only one of the fuselage bulkheads needing replacing as well as all the rivets.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2017 21:22:02 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Excellent photos! What a privilege to have a glimpse into goings-on at Scone. For a several years after Col's death there'd been radio silence on all things Pay, but Ross and co seem to be doing rather well now with some exciting (and surprisingly advanced!) projects. Thank you so much for sharing.
It's particularly great to see NZ3094. I've not seen any photos of it in some time and it's great to hear the engine's being worked on. I'd love to see it return to NZ one day, or even just RNZAF colours, but it's been pointed out to me she has Bobby Gibbes' autograph on one panel. I don't think I could ever condone that being erased or covered!
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2017 8:25:06 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Thank you Zac, yeah a privilege for me as well, I too am a fan of the Kittyhawk and agree it would be great to see any P40 in RNZAF markings. The white banded markings especially look so unique and would make them stand out at air shows.
Re the engine out they found some small amounts of metal in the filters so decided to inspect, lining on the crank shaft bearings were showing wear, new bearings the crank is fine. Ross told me he believed the reason is she is not flown enough!