I would like to have been standing where you were for that last picture ! The next morning we set out for home , calling in on Palmy to see the Spitfire which was there for a while about the middle of the day , which was an added bonus . At a guess there were more people visited the Spitfire than were at the airshow . While there I noticed , under a carport type structure attached to a building apparently off limits to us , there was the fuselage of what I guess was a Metroliner or Bandirante . It was painted gold . Does anyone know anything about this ?
Post by Peter Lewis on Apr 26, 2010 20:06:56 GMT 12
Dr Dave's Bandeirante. Was ZK-REV with Rex Aviation and Tasman Pacific. Dismantled at Wellington as spare parts for shipment to Singapore, fuselage to Massey, Palmerston North then to Br Baldwin, Milson
There was discussion and a photo on another thread here somewhere.
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
Wonderful photos as usual Gavin, thanks for posting!
Some time back Dave was asking about the Old Bill style buses that TVAL has at their airshows. My dad has talked to Gene DeMarco about them and found out they are another exmple of TVAL's skill and attention to detail. They first got a replica B-Type London bus that was previously at the Tauranga District Museum, then Te Puke auto barn before that closed. That replica was on a built on a original period Dennis chassis, but I'm not sure if the troop carriers have had the chassis fabricated or newer chassis used. TVAL then built the replica troop carriers using the other replica as a start point, though looking at photos, they appear to have improved on the accuracy and detail.
I think having the buses and their test bed truck add another dimension to their shows, and can't wait to get down for one.