It's 30 years since I started my license and Stratford... I know it's a couple of weeks away but is anyone here looking at heading down for the day from Hamilton / Te Kowhai by air (or closer than 100Km from Hamilton since SD is 270Km from me)? Happy to share gas / cost etc. I have accommodation if needed so to and return dates are flexible (and I'm sure my 88yo Mum would be happy to see me )
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Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 29, 2017 10:20:12 GMT 12
A welcome day of fine weather at Stratford. They must have friends 'upstairs'.
Earlier in the day, before most of the crowd arrived, even the mountain popped out to take a look.
Most of the locals took the opportunity to be active. One of the newest was the Monnett Sonerai ZK-SNG, painted up in the correct colour to keep cool on a sunny day.
As usual, a dig around the hangars came up with one gem - the reclusive Phoenix Luton Minor ZK-FSU.
The Ravensdown Cresco ZK-LTH returned from work and, after a brief hiatus, gave a demonstration on how it earns its living. Quite a rare sight to see this at an airshow these days. Well done guys.
For most of the crowd, Ditch harding and his Spitfire replica ZK-SPT were the star of the show. After a flypast on arrival from Wanganui, the Spitfire landed and the locals were given the opportunity to inspect.
Then a few more low-level passes before it went back home.
All in all, a nice local aero club open day. Well worth flying two hours there and two hours back.
Nice Peter I only just got home... still editing out that beautiful bright sky but that will have to wait as today's wx is just too good to be here!!! It was also a chance for me to be "son of the year" to my Stratford Mum lol.
Obviously Stratford has a place in my life... born there... and you always remember where you did your first solo!
There are a gaggle of Sonerai's being created here. I was lucky and very thankful to Wayne Richmond for sharing his with me later in the day. I also flew with John Richmond in his Zodiac CH601UL. On the field, there are the 601UL (ex-Stratford Sport Flyers trainer), CH601XL (new SSF trainer) and a CH601DH Speedwing.
Ditch Harding dropped in from WG with his Supermarine Spitfire replica and did a few passes.
I saw this Delta Hawk test-flown about 1988-1989. It's been freshened-up and looks great.
Ditch... still rocking after over 35,000 hours of air-time lol
Local tow plane.
A couple of NP Yaks
Local T51 was static-only but is on the SSF flightline.
All up, an awesome day out. Thanks SSF. And yes - good to finally meet you Peter Lewis
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