Thanks for that, I've grabbed some paragon ones before they disappear but then thought I'd better check just in case I needed the 200 gal ones. I recently picked up a copy of Brendon Deers first book of Military Wings & the photos in there with the tanks & double decker missiles would make for an interesting subject. Steve.
Image from the F. C. Eichbaum personal album collection. "Annual Camp Scenes. Ohakea 1955." A member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force standing amongst a group of scrapped de Havilland Mosquitos - Circa 1955.
Men chopping the wing root of Oxford NZ1349. Unknown location. Mosquito fuselage behind - Circa 1955.
Unreal to see those pics of axes being weilded on those lovely old airframes.
If only they had the slightest inkling of how revered such aircraft would become in a few short years, how valuable they'd become, and the monumental efforts that would go in to recreate them again . . . . . . . .
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 21, 2011 11:23:56 GMT 12
Some people reverred those aircraft even then. The Oxford seems to have been a very much liked aircraft by many instructors who flew them. I met one ex-RNZAF pilot, Gordon Jenning, who flew the Oxford for two and a half years as an instructor and he raved about it enthusiastically and said he just loved flying it. In 1945 Air HQ sent him to be a fighter pilot and he flew Corsairs on No. 14 squadron on their last tour of the war and then in Japan, completely against his will. He hated the Corsair and the Warhawk, and he simply longed to go back to his favourite Oxfords. Others have told me how much they liked the type too. It's surprising we didn't see some enter the register with aeroclubs and as private machines, there were plaenty of parts and people who could fly and maintain them. Sad that so few have been saved.
Many thanks to all for showing these awesome photos! Some were positively painful but some did show them at their finest. I never knew there were still so many photos out there of these superlative aircraft! -I really look forward now to seeing the Mosquito flying once again!