Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 19, 2005 17:52:00 GMT 12
In the March 1980 issue of NZ Wings, DJD (whom I'm sure was David J. Duxbury) has revieved the then-new book 'Pacific Aircraft Wrecks' by Charles Darby.
In the review DJD mentions "A smattering of survivors from the interwar decades also sit silently on abandoned airstrips - a Ford Trimotor, Junkers 52/3M, Fairey IIIF, Handley Page W.9 and a Boeing 40H (not all illustrated)"
I wondered, have any of these been recovered or attempts been made? Especially the Fairey IIIF.
That book is so rare, I have tried to find a copy but have only seen one, in the Cambridge Library. I went in recently after many years of not seeing it, and checked their catalogue. No longer available so someone must have bought it for a song in their bargain ex-rental bin. I hear it's worth a fortune. Even when published it was $23.95 retail, which was a lot in 1980.
Someone in Canberra (who shall remain nameless!) once said to me that he reckoned that within 10 minutes of Charles taking the photos of the wrecks he'd discovered, he had a hacksaw out and was chopping big chunks off the same aircraft to take home with him!