Here are three shots for those with long memories, first copied from a rare Dufay coloured slide is NZ 104 at Wigram, also a shot of the initial assembly of NZ 110 at Hobbie and Vincent NZ 338 also probably at Hobbie. My grandfather was the PWD clerk of works for the building of the hangar at Hobbie with the cantilever doors that NZ 110 is in.
I don't know who took these photos
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Here are another couple of pre war photos. First is NZ 107 of "B" flight from Wigram seen at Rongotai in 1937.
second shot is NZ 106 being pushed out of the hangar at Hobsonville. With the "flashes" on the spats it's pre war but I can't be closer that that, given that some of the cowls aren't fitted it may be after initial assembly (?). Nice shot for details though, also give an indication as to the size of these huge birds, also good to see that the erks are wearing their F/S caps. Must be Auckland, the guy not being sheltered by the wings is wearing a raincoat!
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 14, 2008 20:03:50 GMT 12
Fantastic shots. That first one is from later than 1937, I would think it might be the June 1938 airshow at Rongotai perhaps. Baffins (as seen in the background) didn't enter service till March 1938.
Re the flashes on the spats, they were not exclusively prewar. I have a photo of four airmen who joined up early to midwar and they're standing next to a Vincent/Vilde with the spat flash. I was surprised to see it but obviously some were not overpainted.