Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 10, 2009 13:40:43 GMT 12
Yes, Wigram in 1993, with Sir Tim Wallis's F4U-1 and P-40K. I believe from memory the pilots were Keith Skilling in the Corsair and John Lamont in the Kittyhawk, calling in one weekend for a top up. The chap on the left is Flight Sergeant Alan Woodley of the RNZAF Musuem as it was. To fit it onto the header I chopped off at extreme right another P-40K pilot, Phil Murray, who was the unfortunate who had this aircraft suffer an engine failure a couple of years later.
Post by Radialicious on Oct 10, 2009 20:49:31 GMT 12
Those were the days! They stopped into Woodbourne on the same visit. The Corsair and P-40 display that Keith and John did were show stoppers. The line astern part of the display could not have been closer. I remember Keith saying that he knew when John was in position behind him because he could feel the buzz from the P-40 propellor through his rudder pedals!
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 11, 2009 19:43:29 GMT 12
I remember seeing them do the original fourship display with the Corsair, Kittyhawk, Spitfire and Mustang at Wanaka in April 1993 at the opening of the NZFPM. Forerunner to the later Brietling fighters. Those were indeed great days in the warbirds scene.
For future reference, I'll embed it here too. Montage of: Bomber Command Memorial, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Field of Remembrance, Passchendaele: The Belgians Have Not Forgotten (Fort Takapuna). Bronze figures, Passchendaele: The Belgians Have Not Forgotten.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 12, 2009 8:58:59 GMT 12
As Armistice Day has now passed I have once again added a new forum header. This time around it is the Swordfish replica that is situated at the Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. I have chosen this subject because it has recently become one close to my heart. I am working on a film project, recording the stories and memories of New Zealanders who joined and flew with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War. I have had a lot of support from the very nice people of the FAAM of NZ and the NZ FAA Association. I thought it would be nice to give their museum a little plug. Their museum is situated within the MOTAT 2 complex at Western Springs, Auckland.
The veterans I have so far interviewed have come out with an array of extremely interesting stories and memories about their joining up, training, learning to fly, flying on second line squadrons, carrier life, flying operationally and in combat and much more. I have found it a fascinating project and interesting that so many areas cross over into the same knowledge of history I have of the RNZAF, but how much more of it is all new to me as I'd never really looked into the FAA very deeply before. This film work I am doing will eventually become a documentary with the intention at this stage of release on DVD, and I'm told it will be the first time anyone has done such a film about the New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm, and probbaly the last too. if anyone here has suggestions, contacts, photos, film footage, documents or artifacts or anything else they can offer towards the project, I''d be very grateful.
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 6, 2009 14:54:37 GMT 12
Hard to say who the pilots were, apparently about 50 pilots had a go on it during its time flying in NZ. More likely however to be Bob Mckay that did the display flying in it. It's interesting to see the Corsair is still in Pacific markings.
The meteor flight on 16 Sept 1950 was a flight from Ohakea , where it had been in long term storage, to Whenuapai. Its last public appearance was at the Otago Centennial Air Show at Taieri on 21 February 1948 . My guess is that the photo might have been at its first appearance at Ardmore on 15 February 1946 at the farewell parade to No.14 Squadron who were leaving for duty in Japan.
That is just a calculated guess I would imagine that there may still have been some F4Us with barred roundels .