From Pioneer FB (we all had our fingers crossed for this, right?) "NEWSLASH". At late notice and with the kind permission of #militaryaviationmuseum the SBD that has recently arrived at Pioneer Aero Ltd will, all things being equal, be on display at the upcoming warbirds-on-parade this coming Sunday (4 June 2023) here at Ardmore, New Zealand. If you wish to see her before we start restoration this is your chance.
Check out nzwarbirds.org.nz/warbirds-on-parade-2023 for more details about the air show.
4814 SBD-5 Bu36175 - ditched Lake Michigan, off carrier USS Wolverine 4.12.44 - NMNA [National Museum of Naval Aviation, now National Naval Aviation Museum - ZY], NAS Pensacola FL 9.94/21 ("B-22" recov. from lake 14.9.94 by A&T Recovery Inc; hulk stored NAS Pensacola, stripped for parts) - Gerald Yagen/ Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach VA: arr. unrest. 3.21/22 (planned to be moved to Auckland NZ during 2022 for airworthy restoration)
Last Edit: Jun 4, 2023 11:32:07 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Very interesting watching the video splitting the upper half of the fuselage. Interesting how they did this for the Dauntless (and the P40), I wonder if it was a way to speed up construction? Or just another method aeronautical designers used.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.