The AFC acquired the relatively complete airframes of two Me 110s as well as the incomplete remains of a third. If I can recall correctly these were stored at RNZAF Wigram. One of the airframes was on display at the VE Day 50th Anniversary Airshow held at Wigram in May 1995. I believe that the 110 on display at the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin is a restoration of one of these airframes.
All the more reason to enjoy what we have in the scene now, remember what was fondly, and never take any of it for granted.
Whenever anyone asks me what my favourite aviation experience is, seeing Ray Hanna in the Spitfire on the Saturday at the 1992 Wanaka show is right up there. It's a privilege to be able to say I saw it, and some of his other Wanaka appearances, including an awesome post-show display in the Spitfire as people were heading to the carpark at the end of the day.
Post by ngatimozart on Feb 20, 2013 20:48:09 GMT 12
I made it to one Warbirds over Wanaka and that was in 2008. That was the last NZ display by the F111 and I'd seen a few over the years. I saw the Polikarpovs and a Sopwith Camel flying. Plus the Spits, Hurricane, Corsair etc. Being a Biggles fan when I was a kid seeing the Camel fly was brilliant. Time, like the sea, is a fickle mistress and things change over time. Aircraft come, aircraft go as we have recently discovered, so I treat each display I see as special because who knows it might be the last time we see that particular display and really appreciate the efforts of those who work to provide that display for us.
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