Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 1, 2020 13:31:09 GMT 12
It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce the inevitable news that due to the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic, my "Wings Over Britain" tour and series will no longer be happening in June and July 2020 as I'd planned. I am absolutely gutted, I have looked forward to this amazing opportunity for so long and I had so many plans in place. But there is just no way that the trip and the resulting series can happen now.
It looks like New Zealand is going to be in lockdown for several months. And of course events I had planned to attend have either cancelled or will cancel any day now; museums and other places I planned to visit are now closed for the duration; and the people I hoped to visit and interview are in lockdown isolation. And another huge factor is the New Zealand economy has tanked big-time, and therefore the currency exchange rate is now bloody awful against the US Pound and US Dollar, so that is the final nail in the coffin even if I could have gone as the trip would be unaffordable.
The plan is now to postpone the trip for a year till mid-2021, and I just hope that by then this global disaster will be well and truly over and international travel is again something we can do freely. My special thanks to Melanie Salisbury of Planes Trains & Autos - Aviation Tours NZ who has been helping me every step of the way to understand the situation with flights, etc. Mel is going to help me re-book for next year and I really appreciate her amazing support at this time. Thanks to all the other people who were onboard to make WOB 2020 a success - I hope we can actually make it happen, same time, next year.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 18, 2020 13:59:15 GMT 12
Well... had the world not been turned upside down by the virus... I would have been boarding the plane today at Auckland Airport to fly to Britain. The best laid plans of mice and men... I had so many great visits and interviews lined up for the tour series, and was looking forward to seeing so many people, places and aeroplanes. But it is not to be. However I hope that in a year's time things will be different. Wings Over Britain will happen, I will get there and I will make the series, somehow, some day. So to all those who'd graciously agreed to be part of the Wings Over Britain series, I look forward to seeing you all hopefully next year.
I managed a visit to East Kirkby recently to see the place where my cousin (dad’s cousin) finished his tour of duty. F/O NZ416191 Gordon William Burness DFM ( AFC 1945). Very poignant seeing a night taxi run of a Lanc and Mosquito, and the lads are well remembered. It is definitely worth a trip so hopefully you’ll get there next year!
They are something special. The sound of those Merlins, especially in the dark, really do give you goose bumps, and when you imagine that sound multiplied to the numbers that were running in the war years and all the losses, it’s a very humbling experience. I wasn’t able to get inside (one day I must), but because of my family connection they let me climb the gantry on the outside a get a few photos through the cockpit window.