It did occur to me after I had posted this on Apr1 how dodgy its going to look. There is a bit more to the story but in fear of creating alot of attention, more will be told as things progress. If we are unable to bring it out then the position will remain confidential. I'd rather not say yet if it has been located or not but as time goes by and I can say more I think everyone will see the bigger picture. I hope you guys understand. We have been in contact with a heavylift helicopter operator and are currently seeking financial support to make use of it being a private operation. I personally wouldnt dare attaching the Corsair to the sling on that hell ugly flying bucket of scrap because as you say, earths gravity will send it into outta space. So I take it no one has any photos? bugger
Sorry mate, I forgot to have a look through all my Corsair photo's......will do it this weekend.
I am going to Wigram the week after Easter as I have taken the time off to look through their Auster T7 stuff for my rebuild. I will take a look through their raft of Corsair photos for you, unless you have done that already?
Gentlemen, you are too disparaging re the Kaman heavy lift machine. Like the C130 (only a face that a mother would love) this machine was speficially designed for heavy lift, precise removal of large trees etc. It has a lifting performance outstripping most helicopters. See my article on one visiting Paraparaumu in Aviation News late last year. This helicopter is ideally suited to retrival of a downed aircraft in a tight bush clad location
Post by grgrimmer on Sept 26, 2009 10:30:54 GMT 12
I'm the author of "TRACED ...yet still missing!" and I've just come across this site. I have a website www.findlostaircraft.co.nz and on that website you will find more information about this missing aircraft including the image that I found on an aerial photo taken in 1947 of what I believe to be NZ5517. I worked out how to overlay this photo over Google Earth and once it is on there, you can go into "3D mode" and get an idea of the terrain, and you can also measure objects with reasonable accuracy. The object measures out correctly in all aspects to that of NZ5517. I have been into the site twice (along with two different friends - different one each time) and have so far found nothing conclusive. The reason for this is due to a huge learning curve, in that I now believe that we have been looking for a complete aircraft, whereas I now very much doubt whether there is a lot left of it - (sorry to disappoint all you fellows that think there is a complete aeroplane that can be lifted out by helicopter). Everything in the area of that bush is covered in moss and is very damp and I'd say that even aluminium sheeting would have corroded away to virtually nothing by now. Either that, or the aircraft has broken up and been moved further down the mountain by heavy snowfalls, or even become buried - who knows?.... I believe that most of the reason why a lot of missing aircraft in NZ have been never found is due to the secretive nature that people keep placing on possible sightings and information, etc., and also the lack of co-ordination of this information when it is brought forward. If we can get over this obstacle, then collectively we can all work together to bring finality to these mysteries and this is why I developed the website and also published the information in my book. It's very easy to sit in the home comforts and dream of pulling long lost aircraft out of the bush, but in reality it is a real hard slog! The search for NZ5517, I have handed over to the "Reefton Volunteer Search & Rescue Group" and Geoff and Sally Collis are co-ordinating the next search. They have the prior experience, knowledge, and equipment needed to carry out a successful search. There has been so much interest shown of people wishing to go on the next search that they now inform me that they will have to put a "cap" on the numbers. Presumably, (FLYBOI) we are talking about the same searches, because if we aren't, I'd certainly like to get together and compare notes.
Post by courthouse on Jan 30, 2012 14:59:58 GMT 12
A most interesting photo in the book "Missing by Chris Rudge
In relation to the NZ5517 mystery, there is a photo of the flight leader with his two wingmen. The photo was apparently taken on the 12th of November 1944 at Westport airfield (the day after NZ5517 disappeared) -but look who else is in the photo -and why was this person there?.
I'm surprised no one has cottoned on to it by now.