Yealands Classic Fighters 2021 - CANCELED Jun 23, 2021 18:01:27 GMT 12 ZacYates and chbessexboy like this
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 23, 2021 18:01:27 GMT 12
'FOXY' - The Golden Age DH.83C FOX MOTH
Omaka is home to 'Foxy' a de Havilland DH.83C Fox Moth, one of the great aircraft types from aviation's 'Golden Age'. Built in Canada, this aircraft was purchased new by the Marlborough Aero Club in 1947 and after a lifetime of adventures around New Zealand, it was acquired by local enthusiasts Paul and Pip Hally and brought back to Omaka.
Foxy will be in the sky at Yealands Classic Fighters this Father's Day weekend and is also available for joy flights, a fantastic way to see the beauty of Marlborough from the air in style!
To learn more about Foxy and to book your tickets click here.
THIS WEEK'S GUEST AIRCRAFT
Graham Bethell's P-51D Mustang Photo: Gavin Conroy
A perennial favorite at New Zealand aviation events is Graham Bethell and his magnificent North American P-51D Mustang ZK-TAF. Graham has been displaying this aircraft at events around New Zealand for most of the last two decades and this classic fighter is always a crowd favourite in its RNZAF Territorial Air Force colours.
The RNZAF acquired a total of 30 P-51D Mustangs from an intended order of 370 examples. With the end of WW-II the remaining order was cancelled and the 30 examples delivered went on to serve with the four TAF units based in Otago, Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland.
Today there are four Mustangs to be found in New Zealand, two of them in flying condition with a third underway to return to flight. We look forward to welcoming Graham and ZK-TAF back to Omaka! To read more click here.
ON THE GROUND.....
Model 'T' Ambulance
'First footing it' at this year's Yealands Classic Fighters will be a newly completed vehicle that is actually a recently arrived part of the resident airshow 'motor pool'. In an amazing act of cooperative effort, this excellent vehicle has emerged from an idea to generate a rebuilt Model 'T' ambulance by corralling all of the old Model 'T' spare parts from the garages and sheds of members of Marlborough's Vintage Car Club community, and pooling them to produce a running chassis. The members of the VCC dug deep and found everything needed to assemble a chassis, axles, wheels, engine gear box etc, etc, and put it all together as a running vehicle.
It was then passed on the the Classic Fighters Airshow props team members to work their magic, building an ambulance body along with mudguards, canvas roof etc to produce the vehicle you will see in action in the 'Great War scenario' this show weekend.
PARTNER OF THE WEEK
Classic Aircraft Photography
Someone who has been supporting the Classic Fighters Airshow since its early days is Gavin Conroy, whose company Classic Aircraft Photography Ltd has gone from a passion driven hobby to a worldwide success story due to Gavin's drive to access the most significant aircraft on the planet and capture them in the air, presenting them in his unique style.Gavin's enthusiasm for heritage aviation is palpable and contagious and this comes through in his imagery that now appears in magazines, books and calendars around the world.
That stunning imagery has also been provided to the Classic Fighters Airshow to be used in our promotions work, such as posters, the airshow souvenir programme and in all of the on-line vehicles. Gavin provides this at no cost and with a smile! There is no question that this helps convey our message through all of these communications channels to help the public at large decide to come to our event. So here's a shout out of appreciation to Gavin and Classic Aircraft Photography!
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