Dave, Goff's team got no positive response and finally the elections were close. The window of Political opportunity/gain (for them) had closed and they had no further interest in perusing it after that either.
Although the Museum has no 'Rights' to the Sunderland, perhaps it might be a way of redeeming their reputation , preserving a rare piece of RNZAF History and doing something nice for the Chatham's locals after the fires??
Just a thought
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Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 6, 2018 17:13:20 GMT 12
Look, if there is enough feeling and will here regarding the PV-1, why not do something about it. How about we as a group see if we can use the forum strength to bring it home? After all there are some very notable members here, with influence and who know the right people. The RNZAF was obviously willing to help before and so maybe keen again. There are other museums, perhaps the go getters at Classic Flyers would be much more interested in the project than Wigram? Or maybe the AHC? There is also these days something that didn't exist before, crowdfunding through Givealittle. Anthony, the aircraft is worth it - it's a genuine combat bomber of No. 3 Squadron RNZAF, do you think it is worth trying again with the work you'd previously done, but leave Wigram right out of it and bring the PV-1 home? Shit, people are getting behind a project to bring home several massive airliners, the Ventura is a lot more feasible, surely?
A lot of what will be needed to retrieve NZ4522 from Talasea is to work through NZ's diplomatic channels with the PNG Government. PNG like other South West Pacific nations have clamped down on the removal of WWII relics as they consider them to be part of their history, and unless a lot of money changes hands, or there is some reciprocal arrangement with the government of the country wishing to recover a wreck then the exercise can become difficult. My reckoning is that working through diplomatic channels with support of the RNZAF and Air Force Museum may be the best way of getting approval to recover the aircraft. Once that is agreed then the logistics of actual recovery by NZDF resources or otherwise would have to be addressed. Talasea is a little out of the way for normal commercial shipping etc