This month's listing of Warbirds continues the three part series begun in the September 1980 issue of WINGS. Part Two includes the aircraft built between January 1940 and December 1945. Dominated by United States designed and manufactured aircraft, the listing serves to illustrate the advances made in aircraft construction and performance under the stimulus of war. Of the thirty two aircraft listed only six types have examples currently airworthy — the Auster, Tiger Moth, Dakota, Goose, Widgeon and Harvard are still represented in the air. Three of these still fly commercially over thirty seven years on — Dakota, Goose and Widgeon. Four types are potentially airworthy — Dominie, Carvair, Cub and Ryan STM. The majority rest with museums in silent salute to the aircraft's contribution to war and peace. Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology (MoTaT) at Western Springs has New Zealand's largest collection of Warbirds with twenty two types represented. The majority are displayed at the museum's Sir Keith Park Memorial airfield site at Meola Road. See WINGS March and April 1978 for additional information on the museum's aeronautical exhibits. Other significant collections of static warbirds are to be found with the RNZAF Museum at Wigram and with the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society in Christchurch. The biggest private collection has to be that of John Smith, Gardiners Valley, Mapua. John has two Kittyhawks, a Mosquito, Harvard, Tiger Moth, Hudson, Mustang and a large collection of components. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
PRESENTED BY WAY OF AN APPETISER I81FOR A FORTH-COMING BOOK ON AERIAL TOPDRESSING IN NEW ZEALAND BY WINGS ASSISTANT EDITOR JANIC GEELEN IS THIS AGALBUM OF ASSORTED AIRCRAFT. AFTER A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF YEARS RESEARCHING INFORMATION AND COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AERIAL TOPDRESSING IN NZ, HIS BOOK — THE TOPDRESSERS — IS TO BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR. AS ALWAYS, WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE TASK OF ILLUSTRATING SUCH A BOOK, THE PROBLEM ARISES AS TO WHAT TO LEAVE OUT WITH REGARD TO THE NUMEROUS PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTED. FEATURED HERE ARE SIX THAT DID NOT QUITE MAKE THE FINAL RUTHLESS SELECTION. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
LAST month was quite a month. Receivership appeared to be the order of the day. Ron Connell's RCS International was placed in receivership by Broadbank, followed by the not entirely unexpected news of NZ Aerospace Industries being placed in the same position by major debenture holders, the ANZ Banking group. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
New Zealand has a rich and varied collection of aircraft more than 25 years old — in part a reflection of the country's isolation but also a tribute to the skills of ground engineers in servicing and rebuilding the veteran aircraft over the years. WINGS intends featuring these aircraft types in a series of three Directories. This, the first of the series, emcompasses the aircraft constructed prior to and including December 1939 as an Antique listing. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
On August 16th, thirty one years after Aircraft Service (NZ) Ltd joined the pioneers of aerial topdressing, a reunion is being held at the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland for ex-members of the company and its associate, Auckland Aviation Services Ltd.
In the accompanying article WINGS associate editor Janic Geelen traces the history of the company — a company that eventually changed its name to NZ Aerospace Industries Ltd. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Further to the first part of the homebuilt directory in the December/January issue this month's listing concludes the homebuilt aircraft types either flying or under construction in New Zealand. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
The De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth will forever hold a cherished place in New Zealand agricultural aviation memories. Few are the Ag pilot pioneers who cannot flick through several dog eared and "super" stained pages of Tiger Moth entries in their log books. Some 214 of the fabric covered biplanes, predominantly military surplus, combined to lift an estimated one million tons of fertiliser off New Zealand farm strips and onto thousands of acres Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE Fletcher FU24, perhaps the best cost-effective agricultural aircraft in production today, was originally designed by John Thorp in California against specifications drawn up in the ealry 1950's by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Department. Pioneer aerial topdressing advocate, E.A. Gibson, remarked at the time that although the FU24 conformed to New Zealand requirements as regards to size, payload, and performance it did utilise an all-metal construction and tricycle undercarriage, which were features unfamiliar to operators at the time. However, extensive trials and some 22 years' of service with numerous operators have shown the soundness of the FU24 design concept. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
WHILE in the past every Fletcher FU24 agricultural aeroplane produced in this country has been essentially a "one-off" model, each with different customer specifications, Aerospace Industries is now moving towards having one basic production model, which it hopes to have coming off the production line from mid-1978. In the past these "specials" have sometimes been noticeable by the small or large cargo door, and in some cases even without a door, in the rear fuselages, while interior variations such as the instrument layout were the order of the day with every potential customer specifying something different. Other variations were in the type of hopper, hopper box, spray-boom or spray attachments fitted, and even the odd passenger model. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THERE can be few people with an interest in New Zealand aviation who have not come across an agricultural aeroplane bearing the red and black insignia of James Aviation Ltd. This company, formed more than 25 years ago with three Tiger Moths and a lot of hope, now boasts the largest fleet of commercial aircraft in Australasia, and its 53 aircraft, 13 helicopters and more than 200 ground support vehicles
account for some 30 per cent of all the fertiliser and lime spread from the air in New Zealand.
In last month's WINGS agricultural aviation specialist Janic Geelen began the story of the use of heavy aircraft in aerial top-dressing in this country.
In this month's concluding instalment we pick up the story in 1965, and cover the increase in the DC-3 fleet and the gradual demise of the remaining Lodestars Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE use of large machinery on a farm has always been on the minds of most New Zealanders. For some reason a large and impressive looking piece of machinery is always better than a rather smaller unit designed to do the same job.
It is little wonder then that New Zealand farmers, brought up with the healthy "the bigger the better" attitude, advocated the use of large aircraft for aerial top-dressing. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |