Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 30, 2005 13:53:24 GMT 12
Today we passed the 50 member mark, with the joining of a few people from the UK. Welcome to you and all the new recent members. We have a real international mix now.
I decided to add a new board here where if you wish, you're welcome to discuss any world topics of aviation, mainly past but also present.
The more relevant discussions such as the RNZAF's Allies, like the RAF, USAAF, USN, USSR etc are welcome here. Also stuff about current and past warbirds around the world, and museums, memorials etc outside of Australasia.
Any airshow stuff is more welcome in the airshow board please, where you can discuss any airshows around the world, even Legends.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 7, 2005 18:02:00 GMT 12
This forum has now been renovated, as it was not attracting the clientelle. We have turned it into a pub with an aviation theme. Here you can sit and chat with your mates about airshows, museums, warbirds and all sorts of aeronautical ephemera from all around the globe, so long as it does not fit into the NZ and Aussie themed boards.
We have many foreign members now who join up and then lurk. Well, this is your invitation to come and join in. NZ is the world's greatest destination for foreign travellers, but you can experience a little of life here without leaving home, by logging into our Olde English "Red Lion" Pub (named after a famous Aviation pub at Duxford in England).
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 20, 2005 10:20:09 GMT 12
OK, so none of you lot are drinkers, so the Red Lion pub has been closed.
This board now goes by the title of Distant Skies. The topics are the same, but as the pub was opened for an expected influx of refugees from the Key Historic forum due to a mass walk out there, and then didn't eventuate as they've gone elsewhere, the pub that was created for them to banter in is closing its doors. Feel free to keep us updated with foreign aviation happenings though on the Distantr Skies board here
Well, I'm back, after five weeks touring overseas. It's still a bloody long way to Heathrow! We left Heathrow on Wednesday night 31st May, and arrived back in Wellington on Friday afternoon the 2nd June. Work that one out!
I'm a Frequent Flyer with Qantas, mainly because we went on a similar trip a few years ago and it was offered free [FF membership], and besides, the Qantas network is more extensive that that of ANZ.On reflection, I think The Red Rat in-flight service has improved considerably in the last four years, although I perhaps gained some brownie points by supporting an 'awfully nice' attendant [that's an observation, not a critique] in his altercation with a very rude woman in the seat behind me. Because of a flight early the next day with BA to St Petersburg, we overnighted at a brand new hotel on one of the approaches to Heathrow. I mean, on the approach; the rooms have triple glazing, so you can only watch as silent 747s float literally just past your window. The attached photo of a Qantas 747 landing was taken from the front step of the hotel! I loved the view, I could watch for hours. Heathrow is a very, very busy airport, believe me. Onwards the next day on a BA flight, Airbus 320, to St Petersburg. I've flown a number of times on various Airbus aircraft, and personally I find them much better than the Boeing equivalent. There's a helluva lot more seat-room on a 320 than on a 737. Four days later it was a Czech Airlines A320 from St Petersburg to Prague, and again three days later from Prague to Paris. Lovely food on CSA; quite different from the normal plastic fare. Three days in a Paris hotel, then a rental car from Charles de Gaulle airport [i would have to return it there so I was being logical in collecting it from the same point! and off to Northern France to visit the graves of two family membesr from WW1. It is quite stunning to see just how many cemeteries there are from that dreadful period.I took some comfort from the fact that our three are lying next to a number of Aussies of the same age. Then it was back through France to Normandy; Rouen, Caen, St Marie Eglise, [where they still have a parachutist suspended from the tower!]. Driving in France is a matter of mind control I found. You really have to concentrate, especially at roundabouts! French drivers seem to be quite laid back actually, unlike the mad bastards we meet every day in NZ.Then it was back to the airport for a BA flight, again on the trusty A320 to Heathrow. Visited RAF Marham, but no Tornado photos unfortunately 'cos they weren't at home. Some business in the sand I gather. I did see a Typhoon do an overshoot however. Picked up another car at Heathrow, and had to promptly forget all that mind control required in France. Traffic on the M25 is absolutely horrendous. I will never, ever,again complain about traffic on the Hutt Motorway. Driving in NZ is a paradise by comparison. Two weeks meandering around Cornwall and Kent, then back to Heathrow for that long drag south, London, Bankok, Sydney, Wellington----sheesh!!!