Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Oct 4, 2017 22:43:20 GMT 12
Presumably they aren't planning to fly it there. Attempting to land a DC-8 at Wanaka would be rather interesting.
I've flown into Wellington from Sydney twice as a passenger in an Air NZ DC-8-52 and the aircraft used up the entire length of Wellington Airport's runway with lots of reverse thrust being used to slow the airliner down to taxi speed.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Is the airport authority that determined to recover what I assume to be accrued storage charges? That $50K would go a long way towards transport and shipping. Has anyone tried to bring some political pressure to bear to waive the charges and gift the airframe?
Has anyone tried to bring some political pressure to bear to waive the charges and gift the airframe?
Paul Brennan has mentioned a few times that he'd been in touch with Brazil's embassy and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to work out a "cultural exchange" involving the DC-8. Based on what I've read and seen online he and his team have been very active behind the scenes.
Given the reputation the museum at Wanaka has among enthusiasts I'm skeptical about the two working together to preserve the airframes, but they will need to put them somewhere.