Classic Wings Magazine
03/19/2017 at 22:44. Facebook
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR....

Well after a slow start we had a great Summer Flying Day yesterday here at Omaka with lots of interesting aircraft getting airborne through the late morning and afternoon. Bill Reid had the magnificent Avro Anson Mk.I out and flying several times, occasionally accompanied by the two or three Nanchangs that were actively practicing their...
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Classic Wings Magazine
03/18/2017 at 01:56. Facebook
THUNDER ALLEY

It would be hard to find a more unusual colour scheme for a P-47 Thunderbolt than this odd mixture of camouflage with individual embellishments including the red and white nose cowling. The P-47 remains one of the least represented of the US front-line WW-II fighters to be seen at flying events around the world, sadly, although there is some encouraging progress being made on...
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A RETURN TO THE TROPICS!

Back at the Classic Wings hangar, next door neighbour Noel Kruse's immaculate Ryan STM always brightens our day when its polished flanks are brought out into the sunlight for a fly. That sunlight however has been replaced by spotlights for its present assignment standing in for Murray Miers' Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection Spitfire Mk.XIVe at the Omaka AHC's...
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Happy International Women's day!
TAKE A LODE OFF....

There has been a striking number of classic aircraft produced by the genius of Kelly Johnson and the team at Lockheed. The P-38 Lightning was unconventional but brilliant. The P-80 Shooting Star helped launch the jet age for the USAF whilst the T-33 trained young jet pilots in many countries and for many years. The elegant Constellation revolutionised air travel for a...
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A SHAGBAT BY ANY OTHER NAME.....!

The Supermarine Walrus was certainly not the prettiest aircraft to go into service during WW-II. In fact quite the opposite was true you'd have to say, especially mindful of the fact that the same company was also responsible for that most elegant thoroughbred of fighters, the Spitfire. What is even more remarkable is that the acknowledged 'father of the...
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CLASSIC FIGHTERS - ONE DAY GOLD PASS TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Many people have been awaiting the release of the one day Gold Pass tickets to the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow coming up this Easter. If you're someone who has always wanted to see a sky full of Fokker Triplanes, or a V-1 'Doodlebug' launched and flown, or see a 'magnificent men air race' or a grand parade of 30 warbirds, you...
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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR....

We have had a busy day here at Omaka, starting with an airfield covered in lovely old flying machines, all here as part of the Tiger Moth Club's southern safari. Some 20 or so elderly aircraft enjoyed the Omaka grass for the night before making a leisurely departure around noon. On the field were about a dozen Moths, mostly Tiger Moths, but also...
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'WHAT'S NEW......IN THE HOOD?!"

I'm sure most readers would have seen this image before but it is worth taking a minute to enjoy it as the Mustang is positioned for the camera above the English countryside in this great WW-II period colour photograph.
P-51B Mustang 42-106950 of 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, shows off its 'Malcolm Hood' blown canopy to good advantage here. For...
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WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING....

This image shows one of a number of Mitsubishi A6M series 'Zero' fighters captured by the Allies during the Second World War. Evaluation flights were carried out at a number of centres during the conflict. We have written previously in Classic Wings magazine about the 'ATAIU' (Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit) that evaluated captured Japanese aircraft at...
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ANOTHER STUNNING OMAKA SUNSET

We are lucky to get some great sunsets through the seasons, but this time of the year in particular, we get some utterly cracker vistas, and so it has been these last few days. It's hard to take your eyes away when the heavens are painting portraits like these!
HAWKER HANDYCRAFT

Often referred to as the prettiest biplanes ever built, Hawker's series of glamorous RR Kestrel powered fighters, bombers and trainers of the 1930s are usually pictured with their rakish fighter lines decorated with bright silver wings and 'acres' of smooth polished aluminium. The aircraft pictured here in trainer yellow and serving as a tech-training aid in this instance...
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You don't have to guess where we're going to be this Easter!
Look forward to seeing you all there :D
Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka 2017
RAZOR BUBBLE!

Well here's something you don't see every day. A P-47D 'Razorback' featuring a 'Malcolm Hood' style half-bubble canopy in place of the standard glass-house style glazing usually found on high-back Thunderbolts. The caption suggests the aircraft was flying an Air-Sea-Rescue role and it's assumed the packages suspended from the wing hard-points relate to this duty. The faired...
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THOROUGHBRED IN PROFILE

I have always loved this clean, crisp and very 'period' looking photograph of a Spitfire Mk.IX. It is however not a wartime photo at all. Most enthusiasts would immediately recognise the 'AI' squadron codes as those spurious letters applied to aircraft from Guy Hamilton's fantastic 'Battle of Britain' movie production which was being filmed 50 years ago. For many...
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TWIN MUSTANG REVISITED

Having a distinct romance with the split-personality Mustang, so have been looking for an excuse to post another photograph. For those who missed our recent P-82 / F-82, I'll repeat here my earlier notes on this impressive type!
Although it first flew in June 1945, the end of hostilities saw the Twin Mustang mothballed for a period however the need emerged for a long...
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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE HANGAR....

Here we see Omaka's resident de Havilland Devon belonging to Mit Brereton being towed from its hangar to the JEM Aviation workshops for its annual health check. Dick Veale is the driver of 'Colin', JEM Aviation's recently restored Fergie tractor which is proving to be a very capable aircraft-tug! (Note Ryan Southam in the background preparing the Classic...
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THE ONLY WAY TO ARRIVE AT AN AIRSHOW....!

There's nothing better than arriving at a major aviation event in a significant historic aircraft. There are now just a handful of seats remaining on the Pacific Trailways DC-3 tour that will take its guests right into the heart of the epic Yealands Classic Fighters airshow being held at the Omaka Airfield, Marlborough, NZ, over the Easter weekend....
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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR....

We've seen some great activity around the field and around the hangar over the last couple of days and including today when the skies above Omaka reverberated to the sounds of Allison V-12 and Pratt & Whitney radials yet again.
As can be seen from the accompanying photos, the former SAAF Harvard #7660 originally imported by Classic Wings'...
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