Classic Wings Magazine
02/24/2017 at 19:09. Facebook
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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Classic Wings Magazine
02/22/2017 at 09:45. Facebook
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!
Classic Wings Magazine
02/21/2017 at 00:37. Facebook
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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SPITEFUL FOR A REASON

This is an aircraft that really does not get talked about enough, in part because it never reached volume production but also because it lives in the shadow of its 'Supermarine superstar' forebear, the immortal Spitfire which shares so much of its looks. Had the onset of the jet revolution not come when it did, the Spiteful and its naval development, the Seafang, may...
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YIKES IT'S A SHRIKE....!

It sure looks like a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver but the colour scheme suggests otherwise. The combination of this livery, plus a three bade propeller, and a lack of arrestor hook give the identity of this aircraft away as a Curtiss A-25A Shrike. This variant was also built without the folding wings of the SB2C series which did away with unnecessary complexity, weight and...
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BREWSTER'S BARREL

Well it's great to have a break in the traffic over the festive season to enjoy time with family and friends, but it's also great to be back in the office and in the hangar getting stuck into the myriad of fun and exciting things we're privileged to be involved with in the world of heritage aviation. Within the next week or so we'll do an update of activities around the...
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DESERT DERELICT

This Junkers Ju 52 has certainly seen better days. The Allied vehicles passing in convoy seem to suggest changing fortunes at a now abandoned Luftwaffe airfield. Here we see the big tri-motored transport which had perhaps come to grief in a landing accident, subsequently being salvaged for useful parts like the engines, tail surfaces, ailerons etc, and then torched with a...
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CLASSIC WINGS!

Well the time has come to shut down for the year, although we will have some staff operating from the hangar and offices for most of the festive period as we have joy-flights continuing and the next edition continues to receive attention.
We hope your 2016 has been a good one with more ups than downs. For us the dominant activity was our involvement in the...
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TEN DAYS IN CHINATOWN

OK that sounds like the title of a cheap novel or a 1970s Kurt Russell movie perhaps, but it is what it has felt like at the Classic Wings hangar over the last week or so as our neighbour, JEM Aviation attracts these machines like moths to a flame! Whilst many in the heritage aviation world associate JEM Aviation with aircraft like the Fw190, Yak-3 & -9, and the P-40 and...
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MUSTANG FIRST FLIGHT!

Heartiest congratulations to Peter Gill on the completion and successful test flight of CAC Mustang A68-199. The aircraft was last flown as long ago as 1978 - nearly 40 years ago. Test flight was carried out by Nick Caudwell with 80 year old restoration engineer Peter Robinson in the back seat, whilst fellow Mustang operator Judy Pay flew chase in her T-28B Trojan....
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CROWDED CARPARK....

Further to our recent post about the oh-so-impressive North American P-82 / F-82 Twin Mustang, we just had to run this photograph of nearly completed examples parked out on the ramp at the NAA plant at Inglewood, California in 1948. Despite having been developed and flown during 1945, operational deployments did not begin until 1948, so these machines will be approaching...
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SPROUTING WINGS

It's been a busy week back at the Classic Wings hangar! In fact two long-term, local project aircraft have sprouted wings in as many days! The first was Trevor Collins' ('TC's) stunning 1934 Fairchild F-24C8c. This aircraft was acquired by TC in the USA several years ago as a derelict wreck. After an infusion of lots of new woodwork, new fabric of course, engine overhaul etc.,...
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