Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 26, 2013 14:59:18 GMT 12
Wing Commander Barry "Patch" Nelson flew the McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk with the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1987 through till 1997. During that time he served with both No. 2 Squadron and No. 75 Squadron, and he flew as No. 2 in the premier Skyhawk aerobatic display team Kiwi Red. he also went on numerous overseas excercises with No. 75 Squadron, and he remembers the famous jet fighter very fondly.
In April 2013 Patch was a guest of honour at the Fun & Sun Airshow at Lakeland, Florida, in the USA, where Draken International - who now operate ex-RNZAF Skyhawks and Aermacchis - hosted a special tribute day to the RNZAF. In this interview Patch looks back on his Skyhawk days and reports on the event in the USA that has marked a new lease of life for the jets.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 30, 2013 17:22:47 GMT 12
Here is a full film of the Sun & Fun 2013 Black Diamonds display, the team that Patch flew with during their practice:
I can see what he means by very close formation. Awesome flying.
It's interesting to contrast this to a kiwi air display. This US team seems to have it's own specially recorded and choreographed music, and also a Barnum and Bailey ringmaster for their commentator, rather than the more subtle kiwi style.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 7, 2013 19:09:06 GMT 12
Stewart, you were right, sorry but Al Marshall pointed out he had the same issue as you, so i looked again. When you said you'd clicked to listen I thought you meant on the player. But that works fine. it was the download link below that I'd mucked up, and have now fixed. So you should be able to hear it now. Sorry!