The Forum Headers Sept 15, 2015 14:47:52 GMT 12
Post by mit on Sept 15, 2015 14:47:52 GMT 12
So would they have been fit out with all the training equipment for Nav training in the UK or did we do that here? Actually while I think of it did our Avengers arrive as complete airframes or partly complete? Reason I ask is I've seen photos of "RNZAF Avengers being assembled" so curious how much was required to make them complete?
The equipment was special order from the factory for the RNZAF requirements in four different configurations, Navigational trainer, Signals trainer, Communications (passengers config) and VIP. The first two airframes were odd ball Doves, 1801 was the Factory demonstrator ZK-AQV,a Mk1 Dove with 7 passengers seats, this was followed very quickly by a Mk2 NZ1802 built for the RNZAF fitted with the 5 seat "VIP" seating.
In 1950 the order then followed for 10 Sigs and Nav Trainers, these were flown out, by Feb 1952 15 more Communication airframes where ordered. In Oct 1952 that order was increased to 18 airframes. The first four aircraft from this second order were also flown out, but word came through that there was a delay in the Marconi Radios and the rest would be delayed from England. This is what made the decision to ship the remaining frames out to NZ.
A magazine article of the first DH104 in the factory (NZ1804?)