Post by Dave Homewood on May 6, 2019 14:54:38 GMT 12
Air Force Museum of New Zealand Forum Meet 2019 Air Force Museum of New Zealand Theatre, Wigram, Christchurch Sunday the 1st of September 2019, 10.30am $20.00 Per person
I am pleased to announce I am currently planning another Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet to be held at The Air Force Museum of Zealand Zealand, at Wigram, Christchurch.
The venue will be the Museum's Theatre again, like last year. It is the perfect venue for this sort of event. We will have several guest speakers, who will be announced as they are confirmed.
And the date happens to be the 80th Anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War when Germany invaded Poland.
I can start off by announcing the following guest speakers (with more to come soon), who will be:
- Buck Harrison - Former RNZAF Iroquois Helicopter Crewman, talking about his days in that role with No. 3 Squadron RNZAF
- S/LdrPaul Harrison (retired) - Former RNZAF Telecommunications Trade/Comms Officer, then Public Relations Officer who spent a total of 35.5 years with the Air Force
- Alex Liggett - President of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society in Christchurch, talking about their restoration of the former No. 487 (NZ) Squadron and RNZAF de Havilland Mosquito HR339
- Andrew Love will talk about aerobatics, both recreational and display flying/competition. He will also discuss the South Island Akro Fest 2019 event which he runs, the various classes etc., and screen a short promo clip.
- Barry Lennox will give us a talk on the atomic bombings that led to the end of WWII
- Louisa Hormann - Air Force Museum of New Zealand Archivist, giving a talk on the Guinea Pig Club
- Nathan Bosher - Air Force Museum of New Zealand Safety And Surface technician on how the museum deals with paint schemes, accuracy, selection, etc.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Post by Dave Homewood on May 7, 2019 21:31:28 GMT 12
Paul Harrison has agreed to be a speaker so that is now two Harrisons on the line up. Not sure if they are any relation! Paul spent 35.5 years in the RNZAF with a big chunk of that as the RNZAF's Public Relations Officer. He has also written and co-authored several aviation books.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 10, 2019 11:00:51 GMT 12
I sent out an email to all members of this forum earlier abut this event with all the details, but in the email I accidentally typed the bank account number wrong. Blast!
The actual number is 03 1568 0001262 000.
I had an extra 0 in the email 😲. Please disregard the number in the email and use the above number. I cannot even send another group email now for another 15 hours due to a time lag the Forum insists on.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 11, 2019 11:41:12 GMT 12
I am pleased to announce our third confirmed speaker for this event. He is Alex Liggett, President of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society in Christchurch, talking about their restoration of the former No. 487 (NZ) Squadron and RNZAF de Havilland Mosquito HR339
Post by Dave Homewood on May 11, 2019 12:25:36 GMT 12
And another speaker! Andy Love will talk about aerobatics, both recreational and display flying/competition. He will also discuss the South Island Akro Fest which he runs, the various classes etc., and screen a short promo clip.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 15, 2019 22:17:30 GMT 12
I have another speaker to announce. Those who attended last year and who have listened to the WONZ Show recording will remember Barry Lennox gave a really great talk on his time with Kaman Helicopters. Well he send me the following message:
"I can go on for quite a while about the atomic bombings, the political decisions around the time, the bomb physics, and similar, including opinions about the alternatives to not using the A bombs, and what if the Japanese did not surrender. Also while at Kaman I manged to attend a fascinating lecture by Paul Tibbets and Tom Ferebee , (pilot and bombardier respectively) of the "Enola Gay" They were both in their 80's, but Tibbets especially, was very fit and healthy. We also went to the Trinity test site in New Mexico a couple of years ago, and have some interesting pic from there."
This sounds absolutely fascinating and so I have added Barry to the line up. I have to say I have never had so many speakers confirmed so early in the planning. it's really shaping up to be another crackingly good event. Get your tickets now!
I'll look forward to Barry's distation. I owe my life to Paul Tibbets as the dropping off the bomb saved my fathers life. He was being prepared to "work" in a Japanese coal mine when it all finished. He was a civilian prisoner in Sumarta (indonesia) as a part of the Dutch East Indies. He was only 16 at that time . He never bought anything Japanese.