Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 17, 2007 15:56:34 GMT 12
Bruce mentioned to me the other day he was going to Tauranga Airport today for some flying practice, so I tagged along with him and while he was aloft I took a look around the excellent Classic Flyers Musuem there.
Here are some photos:
A visitor from Ardmore, or new resident?
The Stearman was going up and down all day taking rides
Looks very interesting. I had a look on their web page and sub scribed to their information updates and seem to be getting the quite often. They seem very pro active. Catalina must be quite a daunting task!
Hunter looks as though it would take a bit of getting used to where all the controls are!
Thanks for those pics Dave, they have added quite a few display items, including the fabulous overhead models in the cafe, since I last visited. The models on that Hunter wing makes me wonder if the Hunter has adopted some kiddies. "Can we go flying now dad?".
Bruce, nice parking dude
I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.
Post by skyhawkdon on Nov 18, 2007 19:54:07 GMT 12
Great photos Dave - thanks so much for sharing them. As one who is unlikely to get to Tauranga in the foreseeable future it is great to be able to see the progress of the museum. What a great collection. Given that they have a M113 on display (I thought they had all been chopped up bar a few kept for the Army Museum??) I wonder how hard it would be for them to get a Skyhawk in due course? Lets hope they have already written to CAS asking for one "on loan" until they are sold At least they can offer indoor storage which is more than the RNZAF can! ;D
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2007 19:54:56 GMT 12 by skyhawkdon
Fantastic photos there Dave and there have been changes since my last visit a short time ago. The Cafe / bar was a great venue for an hour or so after the last Tauranga Show while we waited for the traffic to go. Anyone going next year we can all meet there after the show if not before?
The work they have done on that Heron is remarkable. Compare my photo taken at North Shore on 5th June 2005 with Dave's photos taken recently.
Does anyone know what happened to the other fuselage in the back ground?
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 19, 2007 13:10:31 GMT 12
Given that they have a M113 on display (I thought they had all been chopped up bar a few kept for the Army Museum??)
The M113 belongs to the Waiouru Museum and is on loan, just like the one that MoTaT now has. The Army still owns them, but the public are getting to see them around the country which is great. Motat's one still drives so I assume the Classic Flyers one does too.
The seats in the Heron looked really comfy too for their era. I'd imagine that they'd be much quieter and less rattly than a Bandit to fly in too.