Thursday, April 6, 2017
Okay Wayne has been snapping away with his Camera on the Trip down south to the RAANZ National Fly-in so here they are enjoy.
Below doing the Cook Strait thing heading south.
Oh there's a Gary.
Strait not looking to bad.
SNW & Wayne on the Ground Kaikoura.
Followed by Al & Big Yella
Closely followed by SNG with Gary.
Great spot Kaikoura go visit Great bunch in the Whale Watch will even make ya a Coffee.
Then Don Appeared on the Horizon.
Great line up shot.
Then on the ground at Rangiora
Alan giving his Propeller a Massage after the long flight.
Camp Stratford at Rangiora
I tell ya Springfield is the place to go look at ......
The gathered throngs....
Camp Stratford looking pretty tidy......
That's the CRAC club house a reclaimed Lockwood type structure they got at a relatively good price.
From reports is pretty darn fine.
Another view of camp Stratford.
Heading to Ashburton to check out there Awesome Aviation Museum (Or Springfield ya never know)
Approaching the Rakaia River
Al and Big Yella cruising.
Al maneuvering to get in with the lads by the look of it.
Bugger where they gone then.
Certainly sticks out.
On the ground Ashburton although not looking it's usual sunny self.
Take note you go pro types that's Don's nifty camera platform he has his IPhone mounted top of panel so can see and turn it of and on at will as you would have seen in his video's great idea.
Yeah man made it :0)
SNG & Gary looking slick as always.
Now it's been couple years since we were down in Ashburton and bugger me the lads are well on there way to finishing this WW2 Control Tower. Looks bloody Awesome.
That's a MIG in there .... there is a story to as well ....Sit back make yaself Comfortable it goe's like this.
Guy in gthe U.S of A was selling said MIG lads rang him up to see what the deal is they explained who they were and what they do. Anyhoo the gentleman concerned after hearing where it was going said he would call them back. He did and advised they could have the MIG since it was going to Museum they said they would pay for freight he said would let them know. Mean while time went by and then they got a call from the Port can ya come pick up ya MIG please.
They dude donated it in the end and freighted it down to Ashburton all free of charge as he knew it was going to a good home.
How do I know this that's what they told me when there last time.
Ya gotta get here awesome place.... everything is near immaculate.
Ye Harrier similar story to the MIG and they have an ex RAF Harrier pilot living not to far away.
The MIG cockpit still under restoration but looking fine.
Looks like Al giving it the once over.
The gear they have in this place is mind boggling and some pretty rear stuff as well.
That's the Pearce Flyer hanging there and below it is the Canberra forward fuselage.
The Air Macchi. I actually tried to get a Skyhawk or a Macchi for Stratford but alas they were only giving them to Museums.
The Percival was just coming to end of Resto when last there Looking Awesome man they do nice work these guys.
Ye Airtruck one Bruce Aitken was well known for flying these about the place.
Good assortment of Hughes gear the with Vampire to the left.
Bet ya didn't know they had a Gloster Meteor F8 I think it is down there man it's big takes up some room.
Nice Devon as well this only got 16 hours on it.
Harvard and Venom
The most sophisticated Skyhawks ever to exist the KAHU. Little known fact these puppies were the only Machines to shoot down an F-111 (on Excercise in OZ)
Great and interesting shot of ye Harvard.
Hunter Trainer Cockpit and behind Canberra Cockpit.
Bit to be going on with but it will be immaculate when done.
Don getting ready for Duck Shooting season.
There awesome DC-3 behind.
After tinkering around Ashburton they dropped into Loburn Alley on there way back to Rangiora.
This is where Ivan Campbell makes the Spitfire & Mustangs....
What a fine looking bunch.
The amazing Hangar
Looking Amazing as only a Mustang can.
Gary checking it all out. Think Wayne said these where all V6 powered versions.
What a Hangar look at all that neat Aviation stuff.
If that don't look like a spit will eat my hat. Very near scale.
What a play ground ah I mean work place.
Even a Tiger
The man himself.
Nice very nice.
This one has a Jabiru 8 Cylinder in it ....
Gary Trying out one of Ivans other products the world renowned Kevlar Flying helmet made to look like ye olde style flying helmets.
Oh looking like he means business.
Don trying the puppy out. They are made to only to fit your Head and are custom made.
Wayne trying it out but he already got a Brain Keeper.
Looking the part tho.
Now AL I reckon should get one suits him in a Bulldog John Wayne sorta way.
Surprised he gave it back......
G'day Mr Civil Aircraft Blog Man great work keep at it.
What a scheme.
Piperstril I think
Lads getting ready to bug out for Rangiora.
The Quaint lil Campbell Cottage.
The equally impressive Hangar
Team heading out.
Very nice looking Baby Great Lakes or as Wayne said absolutely Stunning.
Quite a Crowd gathered at Loburn Alley.
Ye Alpi Pioneer 300
That'll be a Pober Pixie
With a Skyfox Kitfox IV
Back at Camp Stratford Sunday getting ready to head North.
Lets get the Tent back in the plane exercise.
The Three Stooges with there Water wings on.
Must have been a hoot they look happy with there lot.
Back in Kaikoura heading North looks like planning meeting in process.
Armed and ready to fire.
Trucking up the Coast heading SD
That will be a Gary way over there.
A bit closer.
That's it team