Thanks for posting the latest set of the flying boats at Meola Rd. These must be some of the earliest in the series and I'd guess taken about 1969. They truly portray aircraft preservation in the raw. There was a real struggle against vandals and the elements. the only facilities obvious a barbed wire fence, no power or water laid on. Auckland's main rubbish dump still in operation and filling fast at the other end of the property. The main resource was a heap of enthusiasm but they were able to muster a pair of ex forestry quad fire tankers and help from Jim the Council bulldozer driver to provide traction power. Nearly 45 years and still a work in progress but many of the dreams from those days have now been fulfilled.
Here is one of the Corsairs being picked up from Asplins at Rukuhia (I think the second Corsair)
And the MOTAT hangar at Ardmore I assume
Maybe not, but if you flip photo 4 above (it’s projected here in reverse) you’ll see the same truckload earlier in the day at Asplins. They are the wings and engine off Corsair NZ5612 presumably collected during the same expedition to Hamilton in 1971. They may well have arrived at MOTAT on the same day and mistakenly became the foundation of this persistent myth.
Post by planewriting on Jul 28, 2021 12:03:06 GMT 12
Some comments on these pages, which I have not previously seen. "(I think the second Corsair)"; looking at the aircraft you will see NZ552 on the rear fuselage. That ties in with my record of NZ5527 as being components in storage with R E Jowitt. Whether or not that is accurate or current I don't know but it does tend to identify the photographed aircraft. I knew the late Barry East through the Aviation Historical Society. I called on him at home once. I knew I was at the right place when I spotted the complete tail section of Lodestar ZK-BJM sitting on his front lawn. There wouldn't have been many front lawns boasting such a structure... It was eventually attached to Motat's Ventura NZ4600. ZK-AMQ was TEAL's fifth Solent (a Mk III) second hand example acquired in 1951, after the original four (Mk IVs) were purchased. It used to do the Coral route when ZK-AMO was out for maintenance and was broken up in 1957.
The persistent myth being.... ? Second set of Ceres wings?
The legend is that there were two pairs of Ceres wings collected from James Aviation with ZK-BPU. These photos show a pair of Ceres wings on the ground under the fuselage and a second set of wings (Corsair) loaded on the truck behind. I’m just suggesting that whoever started the rumour had the right quantity but got the types of wing and where they came from wrong.