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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:43 am

Man the Kiwis know how to do it when it comes to old planes.  Check these out.  Lord of the Rings producer Peter Jackson has a huge collection of WW1 aircraft at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.  They have some amazing aircraft there.















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Post  Davenz13 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:28 am

Oldenginerod wrote:Man the Kiwis know how to do it when it comes to old planes.  Check these out.  Lord of the Rings producer Peter Jackson has a huge collection of WW1 aircraft at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.  

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Whatdaya mean "old planes". That's our current air force DAMMIT!
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:50 am

Sorry. I should have realised when I spotted the "state of the art" Hurricane. lol!
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Post  Kim on Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:08 am

All Fantastic....particularly the full-size Butcher Bird !!!!!!!!!!
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Post  andrew on Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:55 pm

Thanks for posting those great pics. I did not know that a flying 262 existed.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:38 pm

andrew wrote:I did not know that a flying 262 existed.
Ah, you just don't know what might be lurking around those islands to our south east. Thumbs Up I plan on hopping over there one day for a look.

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Post  Davenz13 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:47 pm

Oldenginerod wrote:Sorry.  I should have realised when I spotted the "state of the art" Hurricane. lol!

In all serious Rod a few years back the navy used three of them (Hunter, vampire/venom and a czech jet trainer I think)to test their new surface to air systems because the air force didn't have anything suitable. The demise of the skyhawks was not only a sad phase but a complete debacle as millions of tax payers money squandered putting them into storage, then putting them outside in specially made weatherproof fibreglass casings that weren't weatherproof, exorbitant sales consulting fees for no sales, bringing thing back up to flightworthyness to sell, still no sales, more consultants fees, giving some away to museums etc ( I think one went to Oz). I think they finally managed to sell some at a massive loss. What a fiasco.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:14 pm

At least the aircraft were saved. You should see what happened to our Aussie F-111s. They wouldn't even donate them to any museums, but scrapped the lot. Such a tragedy. Sad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80OadL7f8Lo

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Post  Davenz13 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:40 pm

Yes I've seen that clip before as a sort of add for the company disposing of them, burying them . The funny thing is in about fifty years time someone will go through all the hassle of getting clearance to dig them up and restore a couple of them.
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Post  dinsdale on Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:03 am

andrew wrote:Thanks for posting those great pics.  I did not know that a flying 262 existed.
Do a little Googling and you'll find that you buy a new one!!  A company in Germany is building from original plans, but with newer engines.  There's video of one flying on YouTube.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:40 am

I go all weak in the knees when I see pictures like those, especially when I see that old WW1 era bomber (Vimy?) above.

At lunch I usually watch old movies on TCM and by chance "Today we live" (1933) with Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper was on. Familiar story, a couple of guys chasing a girl, but the flight sequences featuring aircraft of the era were quite good, not Spielberg but well presented for the time.

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2288.htm

They actually flew the old Handley Page bomber with close up sequences that gave you a chance to take it all in.



They also took scenes from "Hell's Angles" that featured the Fokker D-7 with it's unmistakable top wing and tail section. I’m well on my way to cobbling together this mis-matched and broken Cox D-7 that I’m working on, constructing parts from plastic sheet as I go along.



It’s quite colorful, but I can’t believe that Cox ever intended it to be a serious flyer.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:22 pm

I want to give credit for my original photos I posted.  Gavin Conroy from Classic Aircraft Photography has a website here.
Heaps more beautiful pictures to drool over.

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Post  dinsdale on Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:12 pm

rsv1cox wrote:I go all weak in the knees when I see pictures like those, especially when I see that old WW1 era bomber (Vimy?)  above.

At lunch I usually watch old movies on TCM and by chance "Today we live" (1933) with Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper was on.  Familiar story, a couple of guys chasing a girl, but the flight sequences featuring aircraft of the era were quite good, not Spielberg but well presented for the time.

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2288.htm

They actually flew the old Handley Page bomber with close up sequences that gave you a chance to take it all in.



They also took scenes from "Hell's Angles" that featured the Fokker D-7 with it's unmistakable top wing and tail section.  I’m well on my way to cobbling together this mis-matched and broken Cox D-7 that I’m working on, constructing parts from plastic sheet as I go along.



It’s quite colorful, but I can’t believe that Cox ever intended it to be a serious flyer.  

My Grandfather (on Mum's side) was the head honcho in the woodwork shop in the factory where the Vickers Vimy were built during WWI.  He was seconded from Oz back to Britain (where he came from originally) specifically for the job.  I wish I knew all the details about his history, but alas it'll be hard to trace now.  Somewhere in all the junk I'll inherit one day are original photos of him and Vimys in all levels of construction.
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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:57 am

That would be wonderful to see. I love those big old WW1 bombers. Can you imagine hanging out in the nose of one of those behemoths flying over the countryside. Cold
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