I'm all for Tuimato! Thinks I shall be taking a few bottles back across the ditch with me. Available anywhere? Perhaps I can get Uncle Tom to have the Tui guys at Masterton's Wings over W to have a stand there and hand out sausage rolls!
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 10, 2016 10:44:15 GMT 12
I am much more looking forward to seeing the new extension to the Aviation Heritage Centre. The sneak peaks I have seen look fantastic. The build up to this airshow is starting to get very interesting too. News will start rolling out soon I understand.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 17, 2017 12:05:29 GMT 12
17 January 2017
‘GOLDEN AGE’ AIR RACE AN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR AT YEALANDS CLASSIC FIGHTERS 2017
Art-deco styled aircraft from around the world take to New Zealand skies this Easter
Blenheim, NZ: One of the eagerly anticipated and arguably, most stylish races scheduled to take place at Yealands Classic Fighters is the ‘Golden Age’ Air Race. Amongst the art deco styled aircraft is a rare and tiny Comper Swift, one of just a handful of flyable survivors worldwide which has just been restored by JEM Aviation at Omaka and will be heading home to Sydney after the airshow. Coming all the way from Sweden will be a de Havilland Puss Moth, a plane type that was seen here prior to WWII however, there have been no NZ based survivors remaining in flyable condition since the 1950s.
Other art deco gems expected to appear are an Australian registered, Beech C-17B 'Staggerwing', a stunning polished metal Ryan STM, a Waco ‘Taperwing’ and a recently completed Chilton monoplane with a further possible art deco entrant from the USA. Another fresh restoration is a 1934 Fairchild F-24C8c which was imported as a wreck about eight years ago and meticulously restored by its Omaka based owner, Trevor Collins.
Graham Orphan, Yealands Classic Fighters Chairman says “We’re absolutely stoked with the range and variety of glamorous aircraft from the Golden Age that we’ve been able to bring together. It will be a totally unique assembly of stylish airborne exotica from an age long gone!”.
The 'Golden Age' of aviation is usually considered to be from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s and many of the aircraft of the era featured streamlining which became part of the art-deco styling typical of the day. In many cases, this style treatment went on to influence the motor cars, motor cycles, locomotives and even children’s prams, which embraced the tear-drop shapes of the 'spats' or 'wheel pants' used to streamline the aircraft of the day.
About Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka: Held every alternate Easter the airshow is the main fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, located in Blenheim, Marlborough NZ.
I think the theme was announced in CW and on a poster/ad a few months ago but you're right - we don't seem to have touched on it in the thread. I think I saw it in an MWA newsletter.
A Puss Moth? How cool!! I'm very excited to see that, as well as the Waco (which I've only seen static) and Charlie the Ryan. And the Swift, what a cute little thing. And TC's Fairchild...it's all good!
......but there's not such thing as global warming is there?
Donald Trump is going to fix that isn't he?
While he's making America Great again!!
Seriously though, I'm looking foward to catching up with you again at Masterton and Blenheim. You never know, we might find time for that beer somewhere. Just don't trash your ankle beforehand again this time.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!