EARLY in December, the RNZAF's No 41 Squadron will fly home its three Bristol Freighter transport aircraft, and they and the squadron will go out of existence for the RNZAF. The story of No 41 Sqn and its Freighters is a unique one; equipped continuously with the type since 1951, the unit has served with them in South East Asia continuously since 1955. Recently, WINGS editor, Ross Dunlop visited the squadron in Singapore to report on the twilight days of the Bristol Freighter in RNZAF service. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
The initial part of the new programme got underway some 18 months ago when all advanced pilot training was transferred from Wigram to No. 14 Squadron at Ohakea where, for the first time, all RNZAF pilots now receive jet training as part of their normal flying training. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
At the beginning of September NAC introduced a nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander into its fleet to fly on services into Northland, alongside a similar aircraft of Mount Cook Airlines. The move was a contradiction of NAC's policies of the past few-years that it would not be involved in any way with light twins. Earlier this month, WINGS editor Ross Dunlop flew on the Northland operations of both NAC and Mount Cook Airlines to see what they involve for the airlines Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
IN LAST month's WINGS we detailed the story of the P-51D Mustang in service with the RNZAF, and something of their activities with the Territorial Air Force squadrons between 1951 and 1955.
In this concluding part of the story, we look at what the Mustang was like to fly, its
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TWELVE months ago WINGS reported on renewed moves to find a replacement aircraft for the Dakotas and Bristol Freighters of the RNZAF's medium range transport fleet. At that time emphasis was on obtaining such new aircraft as the Friendship, Fellowship or the DC-9; now, the spotlight has moved onto a batch of surplus RAF Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk l's which are being withdrawn because of cutbacks in the British defence budget. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE NORTH American Mustang has a unique place in RNZAF history as being the only aircraft type in the inventory to be used almost exclusively by the non-regular elements of the service.
Although they were brought to this country in 1945, it was to be another six years before the Mustangs went into service as the mounts of the then recently-reconstituted Territorial Air Force, and they saw only limited service with regular units.
DOUG ROLSTON wants to fathom helicopter accidents. To get in and do something about reducing the number of them.
That's the guiding spirit behind his position as instructor/manager of the Rotorua-based Helicopter Training Ltd, the only aviation company in New Zealand to concentrate solely on helicopter flight training. Doug Rolston is concerned at this country's helicopter accident rate —last year it was about 15 per 10,000 flying hours (except spraying) — which he reckons must be among the highest in the world. But he sees no real reason for it. "The hazards here are no worse than anywhere else in the world, so it must be a lack of commonsense, or training, or something:" he says.
PRIOR to the introduction of the A-4K Skyhawk into the RNZAF in 1970 and their new role of close air support, there was established the subsidiary role of the FAC — the forward air controller who flies low and slow over the target directing the fighter-bombers in their attacks.To find out more about the FAC role, WINGS editor Ross Dunlop last month joined No 14 Squadron's FAC Harvard detachment which was working out of Waiouru.
Last month the RNZAF selected a small group of aviation journalists to go flying in the new BAC 167 Strikemasters of No 14 Squadron at Ohakea. One of those invited was WINGS editor Ross Dunlop. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
AS THIS month marks the second anniversary of the introduction into service of the RNZAF's fourteen McDonnell-Douglas A-4K and TA-4K Skyhawks we thought it an opportune time to take a look at what offers in the model world for this aircraft. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |