Thought this photo may be of interest. It is from the Ted Harvey collection and shows the factory at Rongotai in full swing producing RNZAF Tigers. Note, NZ1477 on the right, that looks like its ready to go out the door for test flying.
DHNZ relocated to a large brand-new building next to the Aero Club when the airport was re-developed. The building still exists and is occupied by Vincent Aviation, Aviation Radio and others, although I think the hangar on the end is a subsequent addition to the original building.
From memory there were the WAC hangar (set back), the "Governmant Hangar" that seemed to have the Andrews A1 as the sole resident most of the time and then the DH hangar that was later renamed the Manthel Motors hangar (used to store new Holden cars. Also from memory, the structure of this hangar became very rusty as the metal was left bare metal!
Great photo Shamus. My missing collection of Wings Magazines (from 1932 - 1950) had some fantastic wartime pics (adverts) of DH production.
Post by markrogers on Sept 4, 2017 22:29:58 GMT 12
Awesome photos. It's big and roomy inside! To think that this became the terminal and it was supposed to be temporary yet it went on for many years and I used to walk through it with hundreds of other people...I remember the roof and looking up at it as I walked by.
One of the nice things about all of this is purely personal - I'm getting to look through boxes of photos that I haven't looked at for some years and find some gems that tie in with various threads on this forum. Also interesting to see the captions transcribed on them and being able to increase our combined knowledge of our own aviation history.