Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 6, 2009 21:29:47 GMT 12
I seem to recall reading that the last flight of the Meteor when it transitted from Ohakea to Whenuapai was in fact an Ohakea Open Day, so it was done in front of the public. But I strongly doubt that the P-40 and Corsair would have been active by then anyway.
When they Meteor toured NZ after it's arrival, did any other aircraft accompany it?
When No. 14 Squadron was reactivated almost all the Corsairs had been put into storage apart from a few at Wigram I believe, and those that went to Japan were pulled out of the Rukuhia storage depot. So this may be one of them before it was repainted.
That Corsair must be running on pretty low revs, otherwise he'd have to have the flaps down full and dive brakes deployed to stop him passing the Meteor and P-40, and leaving them both for dead. ;D
My guess is the Corsair is one of the later F4U-1Ds that the RNZAF received, judging by what appears to be rocketstubs under both wings and the white/gray centre section paintwork. Weren't some F4U-1D Corsairs used by the Fighter Gunnery School post-war for a short while?
All RNZAF FG-1Ds (and apparently some F4U-1Ds) were delivered in all over Glossy Sea Blue.
Some FG-1s were used by the Central Fighter Establishment, first at Ardmore and then moving down to Ohakea from 1946 until March 1947 before going to storage at Rukuhia. Sone of the aircraft were NZ 5610, 11, 18, 31, 34, 57 and 58. Were they still wearing Pacific roundels? NZ 5531 and 5526 were with CFS at Wigram in natural metal until 1946.
Does anyone know the serials and dates of the last Corsair and P-40 flights within NZ?
Perhaps NZ5648 which didn't leave CFE until April 47?
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 15, 2009 13:46:37 GMT 12
You will notice a new header today which may not be instantly obvious, but both the cartoon and the 'Christmas Greetings' come from a card that was printed by and for the memebrs of No. 3 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron in I believe 1942, for use to send home to family and friends. It depicts a kiwi with Lockheed Hudson wings and tail featehrs which i reckon is really neat. Due to the portrait rather than landscape nature of the card I sampled the top part off and have put it on the right, and the bottom half I put on the left, but the bottom end was very grubby so i have cleaned it up with one colour taking out the multi-coloured cardboard look which didn't match too well side-by-side.