7D and descendant (A77) go to the airshow!

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7D and descendant (A77) go to the airshow!

For all those with a love for the endless skies, and those still with us who remember when these fine old birds dressed in warpaint and went aloft at the hands of their pilots to do or die. May we always respect their contributions.

With George very much in mind, also.


Supermarine Spitfire Tr IX: Two-place training Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX

No Commonwealth aircraft is more recognisable than the Spitfire, from the Mk I produced in 1936 it went through development to Mk XXII, and served in most theatres of the Second World  War.  The incomparable Rolls Royce Merlin powerplant produces a sound best described as a 12 cylinder symphony.  The Tr IX may not be as familiar to airshow visitors as the single seater but this conversion to a 2 seat trainer is none the less as stunningly beautiful as its better known stablemate.

Only one example is flying in its wartime guise, painted to represent an Anson flown by a New Zealander and shot down two days after war was declared.. Painstakingly rebuilt from an Australian civilianised example over a period of 10 years by Bill and Robyn Reid and a large band of helpers near Nelson, it first flew again in July last year.

The world of Wings Over Wairarapa 2913 was made exciting and a bit of a standout!  With the only flying de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber in the world confirmed to attend Wings in January it was obvious the show would be a winner.

Visitors to the show were given a once in a life time opportunity to see this unique aircraft fly, especially alongside 12 other de Havilland aircraft ranging from an early World War I bi-plane to the Vampire Jet,was something the organisers were absolutely delighted to be able to do.

For those of you who aren't as well acquainted as some with the Mosquito it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in World War I and the only one to be constructed almost entirely of wood. Nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder" it first flew in November 1940, and was faster than the Spitfire with a top speed of over 400 mph, meaning bombing missions were dramatically shortened, lessening the risk to air-crew. Its versatility meant it was also used in other roles including day-time tactical bombing, high-altitude night bombing and photo-reconnaissance. Around 6,000 Mosquitos rolled off the British production line; others were built in Canada and Australia. Around 80 ended up in New Zealand and were used by the RNZAF. At the end of WWII the Mosquito had flown more missions, dropped more bombs and claimed more enemy 'kills' than any other variant.

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