Saturday, January 3, 2015
Now at the Stratford Aero Club which I might add will be 85 years in a few years.
We have a fair bit of History around the place.
Below is The Warbirds Plaque who now has a mate as got round to putting up the Army Plaque
The big Prop Memorial to First Flight instructor
That's him below
First Women Stratford Aero Club pilot
Well he did some winning
Now ya might remember Matt Newton flew in with his Ercoupe last weekend
Well the above is the old Man flying in a wee while back in the original
Below is the Opening of the Aerodrome in 1937
This one is showing the Swamp it used to be.
This one show's the Opening a grand affair by all accounts
One of the first licence's in NZ and Taranaki
Those who served and still are.
One of the Club Members in Action in the Pacific in WW2 and then flew home and landed the Avenger at Stratford the Heavyist plane to do so at the time.
Anyone who inherits a Sticker pops it on here a good selection
YES we are Proudly a RAANZ affiliated Club
Clubs first Aircraft
Now this is how Aviation in Summer should be with an appropriate plane
Our Trophy Cabinet and Music system
Now while having a tidy I found the Original Club Visitors book started 1953 and now back in service.
The notice board and information center
The Model we would use if training Commercial pilots which we don't anymore we do recreational only
So don't get much work these days
The ever changing Photo wall
The Bar Legendary in it's day but modern day trends does not see as much action these days.
The Propellor that landed at Stratford once upon a time attached to a Warbird & the 747 Captain flying it failed to reconize the need to lower the Landing gear to avoid the reduced span to his Propellor
Which is way we got his
We carry a full selection of CAA literature
This leads to the Instructor Facilities
Also Fire response capable
We also have a good selection of reading Material.
Kiwi Flyer being the best locally produced Read
we have the CAA vector mag on hand also
The SAC state of art Operations Center
Wayne & Craig with a then new SSF
We do unfortunately as I dare say most Clubs do have a Memorial Wall.
Below some of the past members and Aviators that have headed for the Western sky