The cloud base may not have been particularly high but the spirits certainly were on Sunday the 7th of May as the historic Wigram Airfield came alive with the sound of WWII aircraft.
Organised by the Alpine Fighter Collection the event was well supported by the New Zealand Warbirds Association, Confederate Air Force, the Catalina Club and many owners of period airplanes and military vehicles.
Issue 5 ( 1995 #2 April - June )
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Kittyhawk Survivors Downunder
Pacific Aircraft Kittyhawk restoration facility
Flying the Spitfire Mk XIV, Recollections of a Fighter Pilot.
John Sincair's 1936 BA Swallow
Australians and New Zealanders operated P-40s in many theatres, most notably the Pacific and North Africa. The Air Forces of both countries each took on charge a wide variety of models of the series, the total for the RAAF reaching 848 whilst the RNZAF operated 297 of the type.
Over the past decade the P-40 population has at least doubled with over twenty flyable or soon to be flyable examples scattered between Australia and New Zealand. It is also envisaged that this number is to increase even further in the not too distant future.
Issue 4 ( 1995 #1 January - March )
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Ghosts from the Jungle
Tiger Moth Air Race
Bullocks, Avros & Boeings
South Westland Air Service Celebrations
So You Want To Get Into an old Aeroplane
Ashburton Aviation Museum
Wings & Wheels - The Archerfield Show
On entering the hangar, a first reaction is to rub your eyes in disbelief and step back to survey the sight. Having done a double take the reality of the scene sinks in to allow you to take full stock of the astonishing sight that has unfolded before your eyes.
Encapsulated within the confines of the hangar and standing together in advanced stages of reconstruction are the unmistakable and not too disimilar shapes of two Douglas A20 Light Attack Bombers.