Classic Wings Downunder deals with Classic aircraft in our part of the world, so it's a great pleasure to publish these exerts from Ventura Publications new book about the pilots who flew and fought in the Second World War.
The second book in Ventura's Classic Warbird Series "Spitfire-the ANZAC's" is based around the service careers of eight Australian and New Zealand pilots who served on Spitfires in WWII.
Issue 14 ( 1997 #3 July - September )
Aeronautical Treasure Hunting
Filling in the Gaps
Cowra 97 Fly-in
Perhaps as many as 700 Spitfires served in this region during the Second World War.
Few remain. Even fewer are in flying condition.
We take a look at the survivors, the projects, and the future prospects for the Spitfire Downunder.
Issue 13 ( 1997 #2 April - June )
The Russians Are Coming
NZ Warbirds Fly In, Omaka
Guido Zuccoli - A Tribute
The Harvard Downunder - Part II
P-40 Progress in Pictures
Westport, NZ Airshow
AAAA Fly In, Mittagong
Easter was the weekend selected by the members of the New Zealand Warbirds Association for the staging of their annual fly in. The venue chosen, Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim.
As things turned out, both the date and the location combined to produce an outstanding weekend of flying fun.
Issue 12 ( 1997 #1 January - March )
So You Want To Get Into An Old Aeroplane
The "Golden Goose"
Creating an Aviation Museum
The Harvard Downunder Part 1
Turning The Tide
A Return to China Lake
The Great Tiger Moth Air Race
Western Australia Tiger Shoot
It is something of a privelage to bring the first Harvard trainer into New Zealand since the Second World War. This came about as a result of a discussion between Graham Orpan and John Kelly about the impending sale by tender of South African Air Force Harvards.
The upshot was, we despatched a tender to Pretoria in time for the June 19 deadline, after which we promptly put it out of our minds, only to receive a fax within a couple of weeks telling us we'd been successful........