Unfortunately I do not have any photos to show. The most memorable time for airshows was January 1966. 1st January was at Kaipara Flats. Bill Peterson did a demo with AZL and landed there afterwards. Didn't know at the time that I would be based there 3 years later. 8th January Bill did a demo at Taupo. The following Saturday we were called at a late time to go to Opotiki to do a demo, landing at Whakatane first. The next Saturday nothing happened. The following Saturday, (Anniversary weekend) Bill took part in the opening airshow of Auckland Airport. That was a fantastic day. Our boss, Ossie James kicked himself for not filming two groundloops by NAC DC3s. They both tried to exit the runway too early, having too much speed at the time. The following Saturday Bill slipped on the ladder after refuelling at Ardmore and broke a bone in his foot. He was off work for 6 months. When he came back the only thing he could not do was set the parking brake. I had to do that for him. Did not take long to come right.
Post by planewriting on Apr 14, 2020 18:04:19 GMT 12
If my memory serves me right, the two NAC DC-3s which ground looped were ZK-APK and ZK-AQP and I have an idea an RNZAF C-47 did something similar. Comments anyone? While typing this I recognised a uniqueness concerning the two NAC aircraft. These were the two NAC DC-3s bearing a second N Z civil registration. When the first eight aircraft were released from the Air Force to Air Department (ZK-AOD - ZK-AOK inclusive), comprising 4 passenger and 4 freighter aircraft it was soon decided that only three of each were required. Therefore, ZK-AOG (freighter) and ZK-AOK (passenger) were cancelled. Very soon after it was realised that the decision was wrong and so they re-emerged as ZK-AQP) freighter and ZK-APK (passenger). I doubt if that mix-up in 1947 had anything to do with their own little act at Mangere 19 years later but a good story all the same. The reason the Air Department was involved, rather than NAC, was because the allocation was made before NAC officially came into being, which eventually occurred on 1 April 1947.