I definitely remember the mass parachute drop from the Argosy, and the single dot passing all the others on the way down ... he ended up in the mudflats fortunately, and I think they sent the hovercraft out to get him.
Also have vivid memories of the flames from the F4 tailpipes as they hit the throttles for take-off, and Mirages in high speed passes frightening the hell out of people who hadn't seen them coming.
Those RAAF Mirages were one of the best display aircraft ever! Typically French, a bit of flair and a flick of wrist, like a fine wine! The F4 on the other hand represented sheer brute force over aerodynamics, like an overproof Bourbon.
I've had a search of the AHSNZ Journals and four members reported some 420 aircraft attending. None of the four members reported the show, so the editor had to search the newspapers for details on the display. He did report the interesting visitors however.
two Vulcans, I wonder which was the one that flew the display?
I dunno if it's any help, but I've seen a picture of XM612 in the static area surrounded by people taken on the day. That aircraft took part in Operation Black Buck during the Falklands War and still survives at the Norwich Aviation Museum.
It amazes me how they never used to paint the jets back in the olden days. Paint adds speed and protection.
Really? So what was the point in having B 17s, B, 24s, P 47s etc in natural metal, Surely they would want all the speed they could get, or was my aerodynamics instructor way off the mark.
Paint also adds weight. However if I recall correctly the reason they stopped painting athe B17s for example was the war was going in out favour so it was considered un-necessary, plus perhaps the weight saving meant a bit more fuel? As to the jets maybe they liked the shiney? ;D
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 23, 2012 11:59:43 GMT 12
The paint that a lot of aircraft were painted in was called Speed Silver for a reason. When the Mustangs were brought out of storage the first one was test flown bare metal and then the S&S guys painted it, and it was tested again, with an added 30mph on the top speed, so I was told by S&S painter Bill Fitzharding Jones, who did the job. The slick of the paint cuts down the drag that bare metal causes. Back in WWII they were using matt paints which would have made little difference to speed and they were not expected to be around long, but postwar it was semi-gloss and gloss and the jets sat in all weathers for years.
Then again maybe sitting in rain was never an issue for these Australian jets?