Continiung to delve onto my stash here are four more from a trip I took my Box Brownie on in Dec 62. These were taken in the Hangar at Harewood that was used by the Aero Club and private owners. It later was used for International departures and then by Mt Cook Airlines. I never contemplated while on this visit that I would end up working in this hangar for 12 years until it was demolished and Mt Cook (the countries oldest airline) ceased to exist seperate entity and we were all given our marching orders
Here are another 3 from my Box Brownie trip. First is of the the last of the aircraft that were in the hangar, Puss Moth ZK AJN scan0218 by Neville Mines, on Flickr The second one is also taken at Harewood where the Deepfreeze area is now (they don't use the army huts now though!) scan0026 by Neville Mines, on Flickr The last one was at Wigram (with a Devon in the background) scan0069 (2) by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Superb shots there Shorty. What's that twin in the Harewood hangar?
That is Lockheed 10 Electra ZK-BUT of Trans Island Airways (Brian Chadwick's company). The aircraft was damaged in a groundloop at Christchurch and after a period of storage was shipped to Auckland where it is displayed at Motat, painted as ZK-AFD.
What a great collection of classic light aircraft!
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Last ones for tonight Starting with a classic light aircraft at Wanganui in 1968 and finishing off with something a bit heavier getting a facelift at Whenuapai scan0012 by Neville Mines, on Flickr scan0021 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 7, 2008 9:46:40 GMT 12
That photo at Wanganui of the de Soutter (?) ZK-AGL looks like it is inside one of the wartime RNZAF perimeter hangars/shelters that sprang up on the larger wartime stations (Harewood for one) and some dispersed fighter stations like Fairhall.
Was that hangar moved there from Ohakea or somewhere? Was it erected during the war at Wanganui? Or is it not one of them at all and dates from postwar?
Again, great shots, and thanks Bruce for clarifying the Lockheed 10. I thought it was but wasn't certain.
Two more shots of visitors to these shores. First a C-54 9056 (or perhaps 9055) of "The Air Transport Command". This photo was given to me and I always thought it was to do with Deep Freeze but with those markings it obviously isn't. In the background is a Corsair so where and when I don't know but obviously before 1951. scan0018 by Neville Mines, on Flickr Next shot is a R4D at Wigram in 1958 either coming or going to the ice. With a guy with a cine camera on a tripod it was obviously something special but nobody is wearing polar type clothing. Under the number on the nose there was a scroll painted with the name "Wilshie Duit" . scan0019 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
This time it's a more uncommon visitor, again at the Deep Freeze apron at Harewood it's a C-97 020858 of the Utah Air Guard.The background scenery has changed a bit since these were taken. scan0020 by Neville Mines, on Flickr The USN hangar is still there. scan0027 (2) by Neville Mines, on Flickr Take note of the security fencing surrounding the area. scan0028 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Date is bit of mystery, clues are the current control tower is there but so is the Airwork hangar, sorry I can't remember what year I took these and without delving through 5000 negatives I can't even ascertain if I was still using the Brownie or if I had graduated to a 35mm.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 7, 2008 16:01:59 GMT 12
Shorty, that C-54 may have been part of that military air link that acted a bit like an international version of SATS flights late in the war, regularly bridging the gap between NZ, the USA, Canada and Britain. The RAF used at least one Liberator on it (previously Churchill's personal aircraft) and the USAAF also contribute large transports. I don't recall all the details but I think there was some info about it on Chrispnl's excellent Whenuapai 1945-65 thread.
Well while I'm into the heavy metal how about some from the other side of the pond? Starting with 3 shots at Wigram of the Avro York MW 295 "Ascalon II". Most of the Yorks were retired in the early 50s with the exception of Ascalon II (MW295), which was the sole example of its kind and soldiered on with FEAF as part of the Communications Squadron, RAF Changi, until 1957. It is also sporting four stars above the name. Visible behind it is a C-54.York 1 by Neville Mines, on Flickr York 2 by Neville Mines, on FlickrYork 3 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Another York to visit NZ was the RAAF's sole example MW 140 from the Governer Generals flight. Seen here at Ohakea between 1945 and 1947. Normally it had the GG's gold, crimson and blue crest under the cockpit windowsYork 4 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
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If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Finally in this lot another Operation Deepfreeze pair at an open day at Harewood in 1962. Notice the colour scheme of the R4D is different than that on the earlier shot of one that I posted scan0033 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
This time I have some NZ Spitfires/Seafires for you. First up a Seafire at Hobsonville (note the Catalinas behind it. I think this is one of a flight that was on board HMS Theseus (?) and flew around the region. I dont think it is the ex HMNZS Tamaki one that ended up at the TTS. Seafire by Neville Mines, on Flickr This is the TTS one when it was in "Rotten Row". The guy in the cockpit is Barry Adlam whom I last heard of as a F/S at Woodbourne in the early 80s. The aircraft had been used by the S & S part of 1 TTS and at this stage was overall silver and coded A*CF (for AirCraft Finishers?)Again a Catalina float is visible behind it Seafire and Barry Adlam by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Finally we have the Christchurch Brevet Club example being lifted down for the last time on its way to Wigram and thence to Woodbourne to have the moulds made from it. TE288 removal by Neville Mines, on Flickr