Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Top to bottom are:
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The pilots of these machines put on a great display of mock dogfighting, and generally showing their aircraft off to best advantage.
Top to bottom are:
Fokker DR 152
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Two items of note during the Tiger displays were the ribbon cutting where one aircraft chases the other and tries to cut one of the ribbons attached to the lead aircraft. The other was the mass takeoff and flypast of 6 Tigers. See below.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
First is the ugly one. ZK-AMW is an Aeronautical Corp Aeronca 100 Ultralight. Its engine is a massive 36hp [wow!]. Apparantly it still holds the record for the lowest powered aircraft to cross Africa. You could probably run faster :-) Oh yeah - that ugly thing sticking up is part of the aircraft. Having said all that, it would probably be fun to fly anyway!
Anyway, the rest of them are:
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
It's ugly [though not the most ugly - there's a worse aircraft coming in a later post], extremely noisy and has a rather less than impressive fuel endurance [it was shipped to Masterton in a crate...], but apart from those issues, it's a fantastic aircraft to watch [and listen to]. This was also the first time the aircraft had been seen in the North Island.
Monday, January 22, 2007
The L39 flew with various Eastern Bloc forces and the Vampires flew with a number of Western forces, including New Zealand. In New Zealand, the Vampires preceeded the A4 Skyhawks.
I would have like more photos of it flying, but I only got one clean and crisp one - the rest were blurred.
I strongly suggest you visit the syndicate's official website (www.kiwithunder.com) for all the details on this awesome machine.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
While we were waiting and organising a Percival Proctor V vintage aircraft arrived, picked up a couple of passengers and left. Shortly after that, I was in the back of a C172N and off to Masterton [about a 30 minute flight]. Below are two photos of the Percival Procter, one out the back of the C172 of Wellington International Airport just after takeoff and downwind at Masterton prior to landing [oops - there's a load of reflection in this photo!].
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I came away with almost 200 pictures from the day, of which I have kept just under 180 so far. Over the next few weeks, you can expect to see some of these pop up in this blog. I'll trde y and arrange them in topics which may make sense, but that in itself will take time.
Meanwhile here are a few samplers from throughout the day. They are, from top to bottom [apologies if I get a description or two wrong!]:
Fokker D.VII [World War One era -thanks Whitehawk!]
Two North American Harvards taking off
Polikarpov I-153 "Chaika" [Russian WWII fighter]
Two P40 Kittihawks and a Vought F4U Corsair
de Havilland Vampire
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A couple of days ago, I thought that it had arrived, with an absolutely gorgeous day - hardly any cloud, barely a breath of wind, and the airport reporting 18 degrees at around 10:30pm (yeah - it was hot!).
Needless to say, with weather like that it was bound to change, and it has. Last night I spent the evening listening to the sound of aircraft executing missed approaches and diverting to other aerodromes. It is kinda weird being able to hear a B737 going around somewhere up there, but not being able to see them!
This morning, the fog is even worse. Wellington Airport is reporting the following on the ATIS [Aerodrome Terminal Information Service]:
wellington information bravo
issued at 1818
expect ils/dme approach
runway conditions damp
conditions below circling for all aircraft
surface wind 190 deg 7 knots
visibility 400 meters
present weather fog
cloud overcast 100 feet
dew point 13
reported 2000' wind 360 deg 02 knots
on first contact with wellington tower or control notify receipt of bravo
Needless to say,there is NOTHING happening here...