Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 30, 2018 8:41:15 GMT 12
OK, we're now locked in for dates on this. It's all go.
Saturday 30th of June 2018 WONZ Forum Meet at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram 10.00am till 4.00pm And Guest Speakers will include: - Special Guest Bryan Cox - WWII Corsair Pilot and Legendary Instructor and Author - Special Guest Philip Stewart - WWII Spitfire Pilot - Barry Lennox: former RNZAF Engineering Officer, then GCSB, before working for Kaman on the Seasprite project - Errol Martyn: Air Force historian talking about WWI aviation - Michelle Sim: Air Force Museum Communications Manager talking about No. 1 Aerodrome Construction Squadron - Andy Love: Organiser of the South Island Akro Fest - David C. Fedors and Paul Newton: NASA SOFIA Boeing 747 Research Pilots!!
$10.00 per person payable in cash at the door, but please email me to confirm your attendance so we have an idea of how many are coming. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a Forum Member, just someone interested in aviation and history. *Whilst well behaved older children who love aviation are more than welcome, it would be a long day for toddlers and babies who may become restless and disrupt the event for others so courtesy is asked please.
Sunday 1st of July 2018 Bryan Cox's Tiger Moth flight at Rangitata Island Aerodrome, South Canterbury We have fundraised to reunite Bryan Cox with Russell Brodie's beautiful Tiger Moth NZ1443 which Bryan flew during his training 75 years ago. Bryan will fly NZ1443 again with pilot Andrew Love. It will also be a chance to see the eclectic collection of aeroplanes on the airfield, and some other aviation activities.
This will be free for visitors to attend, and all are welcome, so long as an adherence to normal airfield safety practices is maintained. It should prove a fun day out for families and enthusiasts alike. perhaps bring a picnic lunch.
Email me now to go on the list if you're attending either or both days, at email@example.com
Post by Dave Homewood on May 3, 2018 13:29:07 GMT 12
I have emailed the Canterbury Brevet Club, RNZAF Association (Christchurch Branch), Ferrymead Aeronautical Society (Denys), the Royal Aeronautical Society (Christchurch Branch), and No's 17 and 38 Squadrons Air training Corps to let them all know about these two events. Are there any other groups in Christchurch or South Canterbury who you might suggest being informed?
Looking forward to meeting everyone. I have notified a few prominant local aviators about it as well as the Flying Club out at Rangiora, so hopefully we get a few flying in as well. Russell never needs an excuse for a fly-in at Rangitata Island.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 14, 2018 12:16:51 GMT 12
A big announcement - I have just added another fantastic speaker to the line up. Mr Philip Stewart QSM, mid, aged 100, was an RNZAF pilot during WWII and went on to fly Spitfires in Britain through the war.
He flew 300 operational sorties in 370 operational hours, and he served with No 91 Squadron (Dec 1941-Feb 1942), then No. 129 Squadron (Feb 1942-Apr 1943), then No. 616 Squadron (Apr 1943-Oct 1943) and finally No. 1 Squadron (June 1944 till the end of the war). I just spoke with him on the phone and he'll be a terrific speaker!
So get your Spitfire questions ready for Philip, and your Kittyhawk and Corsair questions ready for Bryan! Seriously, Spitfire and Corsair pilots are now very thin on the ground in New Zealand so the opportunity to meet these two men and hear them speak is rare indeed.