In another recent gifting the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has gifted a 2 seat DH 115 Vampire T 11 to The NZ Warbirds at Ardmore:
Saturday, 1 October 2022
Recently the Air Force Museum of New Zealand gifted a single seat DH 100 Vampire to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust:
Thursday, 29 September 2022
As with Ron Hintz who also built a his own helicopter, Alf Crowe also built other flying machines. The first that I know of was the Bensen B 8M gyrocopter ZK-HBV (c/n PRA /83/2) that was re-registered to A H B (Alf) Crowe of Feilding on 11/5/67. It crashed at Feilding on 24/3/68. It was presumably rebuilt and re-registered as ZK-RAC on 5/9/74 and it was cancelled as Withdrawn from Use on 30/4/82.
Meantime over at Ardmore was Coromandel based Force Aviation's latest EC130T2 ZK-IEC4, which was imported new in 2021.
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Noted today by Scott Cowley departing Hamilton for Ardmore was the Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain RP-C8186.
This is ex ZK-NSP c/n 32-7552069 which was cancelled from the NZ register today 28-09-2022.
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Alf Crowe was a well known aviation identity around Feilding, and in the late 1980s/early 1990s he built a homebuilt helicopter:
Can anyone else shed any light on this helicopter?
Further down the road near Te Kuiti was R44 ZK-IWH which has recently acquired a smart new paint scheme. This was imported new in 2004 and acquired by Rotor Work in 2017.
And inland at Kopaki was the company's sole AS350B2 sprayer ZK-HAN2. This was imported from the US in 2013 and acquired by the company in 2014.
Monday, 26 September 2022
Sunday, 25 September 2022
The Hawera Aero Club held a lunch flyin today, and around 70 visiting aircraft turned up along with Jordan Elvy and Simon Hills. Most of the aircraft have been covered on the blog previously but one that stood out for me was Brad Raven's Cessna 170B ZK-JCG3 which is based at the Norfolk Road airstrip near Inglewood:3 (c/n 20357) was built as N2205D, then it emigrated to Australia where is was VH-YAR and VH-WRT4. It arrived at Ardmore in August 2019 for Jim Gemmell of Whitianga and ownership transferred to Brad Raven on 13/1/22. It has now acquired a period Cessna scheme and really looks the part! Brad Raven also owns another Cessna 170 - the 170B ZK-OCC.
Friday, 23 September 2022
Last November I passed through Geraldine and posted some photos of some magnificent metal models noted in the McAtamney Gallery and Design Store in Talbot Street, Geraldine (main street).
On Tuesday last I spotted some more of these detailed metal models in the Gallery window.
I am uncertain what scale these are but, in the photo, above you can see Carolyn's hand holding the tail of the Mustang.
I would guess that the smaller Spitfire and Mustang would be about 1/72nd scale.