Post by planewriting on Apr 11, 2020 23:46:16 GMT 12
it does have Auckland Aero Club on the cowling too. I'm thinking that it is Ardmore judging by the hangars. There were several of this type from Word War II days and some remain to this day, including those used by the Aero Club and the Auckland Gliding Club.
C180 BUF definitely at Ardmore circa 1963 outside the nearest hangar to the Auckland Aero Club office. Can't tell you who the cars belong to though owing to the 57 year time gap since the photo but they would have been owned by some of the engineers.
Post by gooneybird47 on Mar 13, 2021 14:10:45 GMT 12
Wow, these pictures bring back memories, if only I had a camera or even a note book. My Dad was the Stores Manager for Rex/Rural Aviation and most Saturdays I had free range around Bell Block Airfield. I had flights in anything that was being test flown after maintenance at the hangar. We flew down to Christchurch several times for school holidays with our grandmother in 180/185 on delivery or after maintenance flights. From 180/185 through to Airland/Fieldair DC-3 and Lodestars I was lucky enough to get a ride. There is a picture of me in Paul Harrison and Brian Lockstone's A Century of New Zealand Aviation. Taken in 1964 at Bell Block sitting on the ground by an NAC DC-3, I am all of 9 years old. I remember the Rex/Rural annual meetings and Dad always arriving home late. Back in those days a lot of New Zealand's aviation seemed to involve a lot of alcohol. At an early age I tried to obtain one of the hangar cats new kittens. Momma Cat and I had a discussion over this, she won and I needed several stitches.