What a great selection of excellent pics Dave. Amazing to see how much progress has been made on these two historically significant aircraft. I was interested in the cockpit shots of the Mossie and the very pistol cartridges. In 1973 when I was at Wigram on a course I heard that John didn't have any cartridges, so I got some fired ones from the Air Traffic Controllers and the "cracker stackers" and during some leave paid John a visit. The empty cartridges were my entry fee for a look over his collection and the chance to sit in the mossie cockpit. A most memorable day. I wonder if those are the same cartridges?
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 11, 2021 12:39:52 GMT 12
One of the real highlights of the trip to Omaka was attending the "Gloria Lyons" Easter barbecue hosted by John Saunders and Mike Nicholls in John's hangar. With the amazing ex-RNZAF Curtiss P-40N Warhawk "Gloria Lyons" almost completed after reassembly, the opportunity was taken by John and Mike to gather all those who'd been involved in the project, plus the Smith family who own the aircraft, and guests like myself, to mark the occasion. John made a brief speech thanking all those who contributed to the project, and people were welcome to hop up into the aircraft. Even 90 year old George Smith, brother of the late John Smith who'd rescued and preserved the aircraft, managed to get in too. Brilliant stuff, thanks John and Mike!
Post by planecrazy on Apr 11, 2021 14:29:56 GMT 12
Great photos Dave, tell a real story, must be amazing to see her in real life!
A question on Gloria Lyons, in RNZAF service most P40Ns were painted all green?
The blotches on the wings trailing and leading edges are only visible as the top coat has worn out and the blotches have hence shown through? Am I correct in saying RNZAF P40s did not wear a scheme with these botches around the mainplane?
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Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 11, 2021 15:10:43 GMT 12
The blotches were applied in the Curtiss factory, but it does seem that they were sprayed over with Olive Drab when the P-40's were assembled in New Zealand. I'm not 100% sure on that but the blotched don't appear to show up in the wartime photos of NZ3220 or any of the other P-40's we operated. However I did recently see a photo of an RNZAF P-40 with the blotches on the rudder, and I assume it was a recent replacement with a new spare part and was awaiting repainting.