Sunday 30 December 2012

2012 - A Vintage Year, The Vintage Aviator, Masterton (2)

Continuing with my posts from The Vintage Aviator Armistice Day airshow at Masterton, here are some of the foes:

A couple of Albatros's taking off for a raid...

Albatros D Va ZK-DVA was a revelation when it first was introduced in 2009.  With only 2 original D Va's in existence - both in museums and not flyable, no-one had expected to see an example flying again, but The Vintage Aviator amazed the vintage aircraft community by building a flyable one that was completely original in every detail.  Now they have built and flown four of them, each with original 15 litre! 6 cylinder Mercedes D 111 water cooled motors which produce 160 HP.

ZK-TVE is The Vintage Aviator's fourth Albatros, and it was a unique sight that could only happen in New Zealand to see two of them flying together.

Fokker DR 1 Triplane ZK-JOC was one of 3 Fokker Triplanes flying on the day.  All the seven New Zealand DR 1's are replicas with radial motors.

But The Vintage Aviator Fokker D VIII's are powered by original Oberursel rotary motors which have been made in house by The Vintage Aviator by reverse engineering an original motor.  How amazing is that?  Photo'd above is ZK-FEV.

The D VIII was called "The Flying Razor" because of its single wing.  Photo'd above is ZK-FES.  I guess these 2 flying together with Oberursel motors would also be a unique sight in the world.


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