A mate of mine is a sales rep who does quite a bit of travelling around the South Island. Anyway, to cut a long story short - he rang me this afternoon to say that while he was on the road this morning not far out of Wanaka, he passed a large truck that was carrying what appeared to his eyes to be the Hurricane - in a disassembled state and covered in plastic!!!!
At first I thought he was pulling my leg - but he's 99.9% sure that what he saw was actually what-he-saw. While I wouldn't necessarily trust him to be able to differentiate between an F-14 and an F-15 - he certainly does know what a Hurricane looks like.
Post by DragonflyDH90 on Feb 9, 2013 8:25:29 GMT 12
The other thing is if it were going to a collector somewhere else in NZ chances are it would fly there, by the information that it has been disassembled I would guess it is of overseas somwhere. If going to a museum it would be a very, very expensive purchase for static and I certainly can't imagine it as a lone airframe as it was a fairly big drawcard at the new museum in Wanaka.
Sad news indeed and very covert to avoid public backlash I would guess.
When I last saw it, in the new museum at Wanaka, I did a double take. It didn't look like what I remembered. I kept going back to it and my wife remarked the same. It looked like (and this is going to sound weird), someone had replaced the original with a good but not great, mock up. It's perplexed me ever since. Had it got that tired?
The Hurricane is the unsung hero of the Battle of Britain and one of the most versatile fighters of World War II. It was the first eight gun monoplane fighter to be produced by Britain and the first fighter to exceed 300 mph. Test flown on November 6, 1935, the Hurricane was exceptionally manoeuvrable with tight turning radii and excellent gun aiming stability.
From the outset of World War II, the Hurricane proved its mettle. Thirty squadrons underpinned RAF Fighter Command successes. Hurricanes served in France before and during the German Blitzkrieg, were prominent at Dunkirk and in the closing stages of the Battle of France. A squadron was based at Narvik during the last stages of the Norwegian Campaign. Aircraft from this squadron were lost when the carrier HMS Glorious was sunk. Hurricanes were the nemesis of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and were particularly effective against the Messerschmitt Bf110 heavy fighter.
This replica plane has been kindly supplied by Sir Peter Jackson.
Had no idea that replica existed. But then, who really knows what else is ferreted away out there, apart from multiple Lancasters stored in multiple containers. I looked over under and around that Hurricane at the time. Did my head in.
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Whilst the Hurricane is blowing strongly on this thread, perhaps it's a good time to come up with the relatively short, but definitive list of those who flew it here. From first flight, to date. I know Steve Taylor flew it towards the end. Can we assemble a list? Stu Goldspink? John Lamont. Did Keith ever fly it?