Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 9, 2023 16:00:35 GMT 12
James Kightly of Australia joins Dave via Zoom to discuss the plans for the upcoming Wings Over Britain tour that Dave is undertaking later this year in late June and through July 2023. They discuss some of the places that Dave hopes to visit and the stories that will be recorded for the upcoming WONZ Show sub-series “Wings Over Britain”.
They also look back and reminisce about the similar sub-series that Dave and James recorded in November 2015, “Wings Over Australia”, and highlight some of the episodes recorded in that series that people can still access and listen to.
James also announces his new role with Vintage Aviation News, and how they will be supporting Wings Over Britain with promotional updates as the tour progresses and the episodes roll out. Thanks for the support Vintage Aviation News!
Post by Dave Homewood on May 18, 2023 9:02:33 GMT 12
Time for a bit of an update.
Firstly, thanks so much to those who made donations to the now-closed Givealittle fundraiser, I really appreciate that, as every little bit definitely helps.
The planning for the Wings Over Britain Tour continues, but I have already lined up some terrific people and places to visit and record episodes with.
They include: - S/L Mark Sugden who is the Officer Commanding the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Dan Ellin at the International Bomber Command Centre - Katie Campbell, Rob Jones and Frank Hopps of Fly Navy - Samantha Hart, Allan Winn and Andrew Lewis at the Brooklands Museum - Katie Edwards at the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum - Sarah Carr of OFMC, daughter of Ray Hanna, sister of Mark Hanna - Dave Gledhill, a former fighter pilot, author and BBMF volunteer who runs a Tornado simulator - Ian Thirsk at the de Havilland Museum - Ross Boyens, NZ-born Falklands War Harrier veteran and Red Arrows pilot - Andrew Panton at East Kirby (maybe)
There area load of others who I plan to see and interview too, they are just not quite locked into the schedule at this stage yet. But it is all coming together well. I think maybe I am not going to get to do everything that I want to do, but the trip will be jam packed with great museum and collection visits and interviews.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 25, 2023 13:09:00 GMT 12
Hi Ando, yes it is a shame, but unfortunately I cannot fit in everything. I am already dropping a few things off my list that are just too much to fit in, restricted by time and budget, and the energy levels I will have while there. Maybe I will have to go back in a few years' time and try to get to Midlands Air Festival then.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 23, 2023 15:55:53 GMT 12
Just one more sleep till I depart for Auckland Airport tomorrow and board an Air New Zealand flight to London, and the beginning of the long-anticipated Wings Over Britain Tour. I have so many great places and people lined up to see, I cannot wait! The excitement is fever pitched now!
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 28, 2023 5:30:54 GMT 12
Well, it's all go. This afternoon Kieran Lear and I visited Ross Boyens, a Kiwi who flew RAF Harriers in combat in the Falklands War, and was in the Red Arrows. I interviewed him, and that kicks of the Wings Over Britain series recordings! I will try to get it edited and released soon.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 30, 2023 18:04:52 GMT 12
Four episodes of the Wings Over Britain series have now been recorded. As well as the episode with Ross Boyens, as previously mentioned, there are shows featuring The Fleet Air Arm Museum, part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy; plus Navy Wings, and now Brooklands Museum have all been added to the list of places where recordings have been made. Watch this space for release of edited shows soon.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 1, 2023 6:47:15 GMT 12
Wings Over Britain Begins!
WONZ 276 - Wings Over Britain: Ross Boyens is now online. Ross is a Kiwi who joined the RAF in 1972. Among other things he flew Harriers in the Falklands War, flew in the Red Arrows aerobatic team, and he ejected after accidentally shooting his own plane down.