Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 25, 2006 15:38:22 GMT 12
Here are some more photos from my trip down south, which included two seperate visits to the RNZAF Museum at Wigram. I hope you enjoy the images.
Harvard NZ1050 still stands proud at the gate of the once hallowed base, though she's not looking quite as smart as when we gave her those colours she wears. Mind you, that was 13 years ago this month, so the paintjob must have been a good one.
If you wonder what's actually on the former base now, here is a sign with the list of businesses
The pilots in the Atrium, representing a pilot of the Bleriot era, one from WWII, one from the 1950's/60's jet days, and a Skyhawk pilot of the 1990's. The latter, on the right here, looks distinctly like Air Marshall Sir David Crooks, doesn't it? It must be moulded from his face. Good job too as he was a huge force in establishing the museum.
The gorgeous Tiger Moth
Cpl John Harris, S&S, still driving his Skyhawk
An unusual view of the Vampire
The Bleriot, a type I really gained an appreciation for after taking this photo when i was at Wanaka. It's amazing to think the replica here is in the museum, and the real thing was flying!
The Walsh Bros flying boat engine, which you might have seen on another thread I began called RNZAF Museum Ephemera. I'd love to know how this survived so long.
A tin of Airman cigarettes, a type that I have several adverts for on my website's RNZAF Advertisements page
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 25, 2006 15:45:01 GMT 12
Under restoration - the Oxford. The workmanship on this aircraft is superb. The RNZAF Museum has this on loan from a Canadian Museum, where they have ten years to restore it, and then 20 years to display it, so 30 in total. However the man working on it said they hope to negotiate later to keep it here forever. I hope so after the amazing work they're putting it, coverting it back from Consul standard.
This first photo shows its bomb bays well
The P-40E has advanced a lot since i last saw it. It too is gorgeous.
I am very interested... I was at the Museum two years ago last, and I have about 300 pics, some inside the Catalina... But, the Bristol freighter was locked up due to abestos leakage, but since then has been cleaned out and displayed a month or so back, I believe?