Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 17, 2019 15:48:27 GMT 12
Wings Over Britain
The Wings Over New Zealand Show will be heading to the UK in June 2020, to record a special sub-series entitled "Wings Over Britain". This will be in a similar style to the 2015 "Wings Over Australia" sub-series, and will involve me, the show host, travelling around the aviation museums, warbird collections, war memorials, airfields and airshows recording interviews with interesting aviation people along the way.
This is very similar to the highly successful and popular Wings Over Australia series that I made with James Kightly in Australia in 2015.
The plan is for me to interview pilots, aircraft owners, veterans, museum curators, historians, and others involved in the aviation scene in Britain, and whilst I'll be unfolding their stories and the history of their particular areas of interest, a key focus of the tour and series will be on remembering the New Zealand contribution to the air defence of Britain in WWII, as well as in WWI and even the present day. There are so many great stories to be told, and so many episodes just waiting to be recorded.
During WWII New Zealand aircrew members served in RAF Fighter Command, Bomber Command, Coastal Command, Transport Command, Ferry Command, Training Command, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and many other key roles. It is said that at least one New Zealander served on every operational squadron of the RAF during WWII, and it's a fact that by 1945 one in every four aircrew members of the Fleet Air Arm were Kiwis. The New Zealanders served in big numbers in the Battle of France, and were the largest number of non-British airmen serving in the crucial defence of Britain in the Summer of 1940. Next year marks the 80th Anniversary of that battle, so the Kiwi contribution will be covered in WOB.
As a bonus, on the way back from Britain Dave will also be attending the world famous EAA Airventure airshow at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, so there will also be the Wings Over Oshkosh episodes from there too, hopefully.
It's planned that the Wings Over Britain and the Wings Over Oshkosh sub-series's will be a mix of both audio podcasts and short films. They will be released through the Wings Over New Zealand Show site subsequent to the tour.
To make this series happen, Dave needs your assistance. Can you please donate towards the costs of making this series, which will cover some of the costs of travelling around the UK, food and accommodation, and other expenses that arise. Any help will be hugely appreciated. There is a pending Givealittle page to donate here which should go live soon:
And failing that, there is also PayPal which you can find directions for here rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/14936
I will be in the UK from the 19th of June through to the 18th of July, so this should result in a lot of great episodes. If members in the UK wish to help out with offers of places to stay and local guiding/transport, I'd like to hear from you, as this trip will be conducted on a very tight budget so every couch to crash on will help so long as it's near the places I plan to go. I have a few places lined up already from great people too.
Some of you will recall I tried to get this happening for this year with the hope of also covering the D-Day 75th Anniversary in France, but it just did not come together at the time and the plan was cancelled. Well now it is on again, and I am very pleased to announce I have sponsorship to help make some of this happen from the fantastic folks at Aviation Tours NZ. It is brilliant that they have come onboard to support this. Please check out their upcoming tours at their site here: www.aviationtoursnz.com/
And also sponsorship from the New Zealand Bomber Command Association Trust who are very keen to assist in making this series happen: