Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 7, 2017 14:19:47 GMT 12
The Wings Over New Zealand Show proudly presents Episode 134 - another audio and audio/visual optional episode, featuring RNZAF Skyhawk historian and author Don Simms.
Don gave a fascinating presentation at the Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet held on the 30th of October 2016 at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, in Christchurch. Don is a guide at the museum and he's also well known and much respected in the Wings Over New Zealand community as he has been a Moderator on the WONZ Forum for many years. He is also co-author of the 2011 book SKYHAWKS: The History Of The RNZAF Skyhawks.
He gave a detailed talk on the history of the RNZAF Skyhawks from the process the RNZAF and Ministry of Defence went through to select the type for service, through its early career, its mid-life upgrade, and later service as the Kahu version. He talks about the purchase of the Royal Australian Navy's Skyhawks to bolster the New Zealand fleet, and about the deployment of No. 2 Squadron RNZAF to NAS Albatross at Nowra, NSW, in Australia. Don covers various exercises the A-4K's took part in and the various nations they trained with. And he details the highlights and lowlights of the Skyhawk's career in New Zealand, from the RNZAF's 50th Anniversary celebrations to the various crashes and losses of the type.
Don backed up his talk with 170 photo slides, which he has kindly provided to the Wings over New Zealand Show to accompany the audio recording, so you have the option of either listening to the presentation in an audio-only format as usual, or following the link below to a Youtube version with all the photos as seen during the original Forum Meet talk.
I second the tip to watch this on the Tube. There's a lot of photos from Don's book but also some new ones and others which aren't in the book including the brilliant message on the final bomb tossed from a RNZAF A-4K.
Essential viewing for anyone even vaguely interested in our old Skyhawks. The included info by Don on the F-16 deal, its costs and benefits should really be much wider knowledge to the NZ public - I'd hazard a guess that 99.9% of Kiwis have no idea of just how amazing an offer the Yanks were offering NZ and just how much we lost by binning it.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 9, 2017 23:14:38 GMT 12
I hope this video and the other one with Ross Brodie give a little bit of an idea of the great presentations we get from speakers at our WONZ Forum Meets too. You get much more being there, so don't miss out on coming to the next one!