They are so cool! ;D (well the scrapping of NZ4114 not so )
It amazing what you get to see in those photos, the one that really piqued my interest was the photo (colour) of the rear of NZ4115 and the camera hatch open (just aft of the rear of keel). I was only looking at the inside of that just recently.
Considering how by 1972 there was a world wide surge towards preservation, especially in the UK with the establishment of Duxford as part of the IWM, I wonder did the scrapping of this aircraft cause some concern around musuem circles? Or did it simply pass unnoticed?
Somewhere at home (although it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack), I've got the NZ Wings magazine in which the scrapping of NZ4114 was reported. I seem to recall it was all quite matter-of-fact with no other comment at all or any sign of concern over it being cut-up.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Imagine what could have been done with that Hastings, the cockpit to MOTAT and the rest converted into a Halifax. A pity they scrapped it.
Couldn't agree more, the RNZAF's lack of foresight certainly was impressive when it came to aircraft destruction. They seem to have moved from the extreme negative end of the aviation preservation spectrum to an extreme positive position overnight with the establishment of the RNZAF museum?
Imagine if there had been more positive press instead of negative comment about Motat over the years what else might have been saved during those critical 60's and 70's. The restorations being completed now show that 99% of aircraft preservation is simply saving airframes and parts of the scrap man.
Keep those great photos coming Dave, it certainly is a treasure trove you have there.