On a Mk XIV that would make it very late- or post-war, wouldn't it?
Yes. Always had a soft spot for the blue on blue roundels of that scheme. Will make a nice colour palette in formation with -SPI and -WDO should the occasion happen
I understand there was some discussion earlier in this restoration programme that considered painting the aircraft in the late or post war 'Silver' (known as RAF High-speed silver or Aluminium) similar to the Whenuapai 485 Wing Spitfire, however the SEA scheme won out.
Doug's Spitfire got airborne this morning from the Drury airfield mud under the expert control of Craig Walker - The short low level VFR transit to Ardmore airfield went without a hitch (although surprised a few early risers) and the touchdown again was quite gentle.. Now safely tucked up in its own hangar and away from those pesky gliders...!
Doug's new (overhauled) 'Packard Merlin' V12 for his Spitfire at Avspecs waiting to be fitted. Doug explained that his current engine is due its 'top overhaul' so will go back to 'Vintage V12's' in the States (See: www.vintagev12s.com ) for that and by having a replacement engine he can continue to operate and his original engine once returned will be kept as a spare.
Post by nuuumannn on Sept 20, 2013 22:07:11 GMT 12
Looking forward to seeing NH799 flying; have a real soft spot for the XIV; it was the game changar in the ETO. Now we have Spitfires that served in Europe, North Africa and the Med and SEA represented, what we need flying in this country is a Seafire.
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2013 22:11:20 GMT 12 by nuuumannn: Why the hell won't it let me change the word "changar" to changer; I've tried four times now!
Posted on the 'NZ Warbirds Association' FB page yesterday (Saturday)
"A welcome sight indeed, Ardmore based Spitfire TR9 is back in the air again after having been fitted with a newly overhauled Packard. Missed that awesome sound".
(Photo - NZ Warbirds Association)
"Spitfire rides sell out well in advance"
A ride in a 70-year-old Supermarine Spitfire may be noisy, uncomfortable and horribly expensive but none of that matters, it seems, for some aircraft passengers.
Flights being offered around Wanaka the vintage aircraft have sold out, seven months before the aircraft’s scheduled visit, according to flight operator Frank Parker.
The flights, costing approximately $3750 for half an hour are scheduled to take place during a new ‘Rides Day’ event on Easter Monday following the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.
Frank and his wife, Liz Needham, are both highly experienced warbird pilots. They recently started a business at Ardmore Airport near Auckland taking rides in the Spitfire, a P-40 Kittyhawk and a Harvard. Frank said it was now possible to do this due to a law change by the Civil Aviation Authority allowing adventure tourism flights to be taken in ‘non-standard certificated aircraft’.
The Spitfire is owned by Auckland-based pilot and businessman, Doug Brooker. The aircraft completed nearly 90 combat missions with three different squadrons operating over Europe during WWII.
Frank said about 60% of the bookings for the Wanaka flights were from overseas visitors, many of them Australians. “Because of the cost we tend to attract the pure enthusiasts...individuals with the interest, desire and money to do this once in a lifetime experience.”
There are a few slots left in the Kittyhawk, at $2500 a ride.
Rides Day is a separate event to the biennial airshow, but is being facilitated by the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust.
Event manager Mandy Deans says: “It is part of the airshow’s aim to encourage people into aviation careers and to try and get pilots into warbird flying. There were relatively few new warbird pilots coming into the scene at present.’’
Rides are also being offered in Tiger Moths, a Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft, a range of helicopters and light fixed-wing aircraft as well as classic warbirds such as the P-40 Kittyhawk, P51-D Mustang, Harvard, Strikemaster, jets and a Yak 52.
Post by skyhawkdon on Sept 23, 2013 18:20:00 GMT 12
The Air Force Museum had the first of their new "cockpit experiences" yesterday with tickets for a 5 minute session (at $30 a pop) in the Spitfire selling out well in advance. It will become a regular monthly feature and next month is the P-40's turn. Other types will follow. Contact the Museum if you are interested in "booking a seat".