Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 19, 2013 10:11:04 GMT 12
I have just got off the phone wih Paul McSweeny at Pioneer Aero Ltd., who gave me some news and permission to post it here.
The Hawker Tempest that was under restoration and was owned by Eric Hertz, who was sadly killed in an aircraft accident at Easter with his wife, is now being put on the market.
There is a strong desire to see this aircraft remain in New Zealand and to fly here, as Eric had planned, and a New Zealand-based syndicate is now forming with the intention of making a bid to buy the project.
If you have a genuine interest in joining this syndicate or helping them in any way possible, please make contact with Paul at Pioneer, on
Also Sought: Currently there are only four or five living members of No. 486 (NZ) Squadron known around NZ. However Paul and the team are also keen to make contact with any family members of No. 486 (NZ) Squadron members who're no longer with us. So if you are or you know any sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, neices, nephews, etc of a 486'er, can you please point them towards Paul McSweeny, thanks.
In other news Paul also said that Eric Hertz's Staggerwing has already been sold, and for the short-term, and probably the long-term, will remain in New Zealand too.
So come on guys and girls, if you ever wanted to get involved with a syndicate that owns a famous, high powered WWII fighter aircraft, now is your chance. Let's make it happen that this aircraft stays in New Zealand and takes to the air again soon!
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 19, 2013 14:00:45 GMT 12
It is not Pioneer putting the syndicate together, they are just the initial point of contact for the syndicate, taking any enquires. And if the syndicate comes together, then they of course will resume the restoration.
Spread the word about this, link the Pioneer website to your Facebook and whatever, let's make it happen.