Thanks for the link, there are some awsome photos in there
If you check out the photo looking from the engineers compartment (rear of flight deck) you can see that it had been painted in a dark green colour over the original RAF type cockpit green (for want of a better name)
Also for those wanting to build the only decent Sunderland we have today (Airfix) you can see the photo (3rd from left) where the porthole clear window Plexiglas has been removed and you can see the difference in "Opening" portholes ands non opening portholes.
The Airfix kit has the portholes at the "opening" hole size easily, remedied with some 5mm styrene tubing which has the correct (within .00mm) inner diameter for all porthole transparencies.
Check out my Sunderland build here so as not to detract too much from the Chatham thread
Travel journalist Jim Eagles has recently visited the Chatham Islands and has written a series of travel articles about his visit. The New Zealand Herald has been gradually publishing the articles in their regular travel supplements, and the article published today is about the Chatham Islands Sunderland flying-boat. The article is accompanied by two photographs, one showing the remains of the foward fuselage (including the cockpit), and the other a historic colour photograph of the Sunderland being hauled ashore in 1959.
The article hasn't yet appeared on The New Zealand Herald's website (although two of the other Chatham Islands articles by Jim Eagles have), but they tend to not upload travel articles to their website until a couple of days after they appear in print, anyway, so hopefully it should appear online within a couple of days.
In the meantime, an accompanying photograph gallery (featuring eight images, including the two published with the print article) is online at the NZ Herald's website....
That is so awesome to see- Thank you for sharing that blog.
I noticed the dark green paint on the fuselage interior, my Dad ended up with a bottle of that somehow (surplus to requirements??), and he painted the interior of a model Sunderland, he built for me when I was a wee lad. Still have the Model in my collection. Actually I think from memory, he ended up with a bottle of the Medium Sea Grey used on the upper Sunderland wings ect. And yes my Sunderland ended up with that grey painted on it.
It would be interesting to know if the RNZAF Museum would be willing to part with the forward nose turret of this aircraft which they currently hold. It is great to see that something is now being done to preserve this airframe - well done to all those involved with this initiative. :-)
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If I could add my tuppence worth, regarding VT-NED. I was responsible for training the Airframe techs at NEPC in Madras, India in about 1994. The framie type course was a 3 week module run by Air New Zealand. They were a new type for India what a rigmarol to get their ratings (I spat the dummy with the Indian CAA ,one of their assessments was all about hydraulics (no hydraulics in F-27) another about the JT8 gas turbine. It was a 50 degree C day so when I saw this DGCA guy I lost it!!! It was also where I came across the TU 95 Maritime. The sound of those x4 Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprops made your whole body shake. A final point is/was that the F-27's NEPC bought were ex Air Wisconsin.
Good morning folks - I served apprentiship at Shorts Belfast on Sunderlands etc. - from 1952 -1958 - this inc the CONVERSION - from a std. MK V to the RNZAF spec. - the RNZAF boats are not std. MK V - as anyone who ever worked on them or flew them would know . We ripped out the radio operators timber table / bulkhead + R1155 / T1154 - and retrofitted with modern remote pilot operated Collins U.S.A. H.F. + V.H.F. T/R s - mounted in modern a.a. rack out system - from memory the radar ops. stn. was left as was the flight engineers and nav stn. We also fitted 2 x D.F. loops + 2 x H.F. antennae masts - you can see them in yr shots - a std MK V has only one of each - see the shots of the 2 x R.A.F. MK V in U.K.
I have received the following information from Bill Cowan, who rang me last week saying he'd read the quoted post and it has a lot of misinformation in it. He asked me to post this (the scan he refers to was of the original post):
"Afternoon Dave. Ref my phone call last week or so. See the attached scan regarding the RNZAF Sunderland MK V radio fit. Not sure what plane 1 is about but he is completely wrong. The photograph shows the Signallers station in the RNZAF MK V. All the Radio fit was British Marconi except for the VHF which was a TR1936- also British made.The Sunderland Marconi rig consisted of the following.
One AD107 MF Transmitter.
Two AD107A HF Transmitters
Two AD94 HF Receivers
Two AD7092A Automatic Direction Finders
One AD401 Intercomm system
One Morse key
As I mentioned I was a Signaller on these Aircraft for 3 years and did some 1500 hours on them. We normally had 3 Sigs on a crew as we operated the Radar and Sonar receiver as well. The Radar was also British being the ASV MK 6C plus a Rebecca DME was also fitted in the Radar Station. I then spent 17 years on Devons, Hastings, Bristol Freighters(10 Years on B-170's!) Dakotas, DC-6s and P-3s. Except for the DC-6 and the P-3 the other aircraft all had variations of the Marcaoni radio set up but not as comprehensive as the Sunderland, which made life a lot easier for Signallers going from type to type. From my perspective the Marconi gear was much better than the US gear in the DC-6 and P-3.
Rgds Bill Cowan P.S. If you have any queries let me know"
This photo shows the equipment as described by Bill Cowan, The plastic is for the rain leaks
The Morse Code key is still there on right side of table.
Of Note is that the table in the RNZAF signaller suite is not the same as in the in an RAF Sunderland Mk V.
If you look at a copy of The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats in the Appendices there are drwings from A Mk V manual. Look at the wireless Operators station drawing, note the desk, quite different from the RNZAF one
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Nov 9, 2013 21:28:56 GMT 12
• This Town (TVNZ, Saturday 9th November 2013) is an episode about the Chatham Islands and as well as footage about Air Chathams, it also includes footage towards the end of the episode about the Sunderland flying-boat being restored at the Chatham Islands, as well as footage of RNZAF Sunderlands operating to and from the Islands.
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