Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 2, 2016 15:43:14 GMT 12
Thanks htbrst. I don't think that was from the same airshow.
I have done a major update to the Air Force Day 1964 entry on my Airshow Archive page, thanks to Peter Layne and Brian Lockstone kindly providing me with the AHSNZ entry in their journal all about it.There were a LOT of aeroplanes there taking part!!! See here
I'm an amateur observer and found this site accidentally looking for information on the Vulcan bomber. My eyes lit up when I read of the air pageant at Ohakea in 1964 and the visit by the famous Republic F105 Thunderchiefs. My father knew the squadron leader at Ohakea, Doug Dallison, and my family had the pleasure of being invited to a 'dry run' for the air pageant. I was about eight or nine at the time. On the day we met an American airman by the name of George Simler (I think he was a Colonel at the time) and he let me sit in his F105 Thunderchief. I will never forget that as long as I live. I still can't believe how small that cockpit was. Somewhere I have some photos from that day. My late father, who was an avid 8mm movie buff also recorded the event and I have since found that film. I believe that one of those F105s broke the sound barrier that day. It was the talk of the town. One also proceeded to destroy a small hut (no doubt built especially for the event), with real ammunition, out in the middle of the grassy expanse near the airfield. I have to say that beat any of the fake pyrotechnic displays that I've seen at the Avalon International Airshows I have attended over the last 15 years.
During this period Doug Dallison brought George Simler to our house in Hautu, near Turangi, and my father took them trout fishing in the Waiotaka and Tongariro Rivers. During our time in Hautu we saw a fair bit of Doug and his family, as they had a weekender on the shores of Lake Taupo. He and dad liked nothing better than going deer stalking in the middle of the night and drinking whiskey and milk into the wee small hours. I also recall watching a RNZAF Harvard land on a small farm that dad leased down by the lake. Doug got out, a pack, a fishing rod and a .303 in hand. The Harvard took off and he came to stay for a few days for a bit of R & R. Highly irregular of course, and I'm sure it would have been frowned upon, but this all happened so long ago I feel the need to share it. Doug was a true character. Those were the days.
My name is Michael Simler, I am the youngest son of General George B. Simler, who was the former CO of the 18th TFW, Kadena AFB, Okinawa. At the time this event took place my father was a Colonel and had taken the first 105s into PACAF. Prior to his taking command of the 18th TFW, he was the CO of the USAF's Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, NV where he was directly involved in spinning up the F-105 program. He would lead the 18th into Vietnam to fly its first missions, which at the time were done covertly i.e. "We took the Wing South!"
I have a picture of my father being interviewed by the press after the flight, he is standing next to his 105 and has a beer can in his hand. Here is some information on his career:
Post by heinytheliney on Apr 16, 2021 8:54:28 GMT 12
I was part of the 100 Sqdn. groundcrew with the Victors. That visit to NZ sowed a seed and I have now been here since 1978. Now officially a Kiwi! I just realised I have been demoted. I actually reached the dizzy heights of corporal - but then so did Naploeon and Adolf Hitler!!