BENT WINGED BOMBER

I don't think anyone gets tired of seeing photographs of the Luftwaffe's most instantly recognisable combat aircraft, the Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka'. This series of robust aircraft began the Second World War with an extraordinary rate of success in its primary role as dive bomber, leading the invasion charge through the low countries of western Europe. It went on to feature...
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BENT WINGED BOMBER I dont think anyone gets tired of seeing photographs
Mark Corbett
Bruce Matthews
Steve Normington
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WARBIRD AUCTION COUNT-DOWN - LAST DAYS!

Well there's only a few days to go before five lucky new owners are going to take home one of a selection of vintage and warbird aircraft that are part of the on-line auction being hosted by Liquid Assets on behalf of the Australian Government. This great photo by Glenn Alderton shows one of the available aircraft, Harvard VH-USN, taken when it was...
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WARBIRD AUCTION COUNTDOWN LAST DAYS Well theres only a few days to
PIXEL Profiles
Alice Lammas
Chris Sharples
HOLLYWOOD'S HELLCAT HERO

This great period photo remembers a highly accomplished aviator who was an up and coming Hollywood film and TV actor during the 1930s. Los Angeles born Wayne Morris had the looks, physique and stage presence to be chosen as the title character for the 1937 film 'Kid Galahad' with Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. After acting in the film 'Flight...
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HOLLYWOODS HELLCAT HERO This great period photo remembers a highly accomplished aviator
George Roylston
Kenneth Engle
Carson Powers
This magnificently preserved fighter is perhaps the world's best known P-40 since it has survived the ravages of time from post-war sale in 1946 through to the present, always lovingly cared for by the Maude family who've owned it the entire time. George Maude could not have been more correct when he stated that at least one of these aircraft should be preserved in original condition. So when...
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This magnificently preserved fighter is perhaps the worlds best known P40 since
Ethel De Aardvark
Gary Morden
Christopher Soltis
This magnificently preserved fighter is perhaps the world's best known P-40 since it has survived the ravages of time from post-war sale in 1946 through to the present, always lovingly cared for by the Maude family who've owned it the entire time. George Maude could not have been more correct when he stated that at least one of these aircraft should be preserved in original condition. So when...
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This magnificently preserved fighter is perhaps the worlds best known P40 since
Andres Sini
John Warden
Matt Willis
Airacobras for Africa.....

Well actually, more likely for the Pacific, or for training duties in the USA, although several USAAF units operated from North African based for a short period from February 1944.
Whether you love it's nose wheel and car doors or hate them, the Bell P-39 was still a stylish fighter of the day. Its record of service in combat may not have been exceptional in...
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Airacobras for Africa Well actually more likely for the Pacific or for
Jason Sanders
Bob Tadlock
Richard Shoop
ALADDIN'S CAVE OF WARBIRDS!

Another aircraft that is soon to change hands in Brisbane, Australia, is this North American T-6 Texan which, like the Yak-3 discussed last week, has become available by on-line auction via Liquid Assets. This aircraft is actually an SNJ-5 built for the US Navy (Bu90624). It was imported into Australia in 1985 as one of the first non-New Zealand sourced examples to...
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ALADDINS CAVE OF WARBIRDS Another aircraft that is soon to change hands
Peter Duynstee
David Atkins
Scott Mathie
HE 111 - WELL HOLED

This unfortunate Heinkel He 111 has certainly been thoroughly holed by gunfire, although one has to wonder how much of this occurred in the air, and how much after it came to rest, half on its belly. Based on so many photos of occasions like this seen in the past, you get the impression the wreck is either in a very remote place or it could not have been sitting here for...
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HE 111 WELL HOLED This unfortunate Heinkel He 111 has certainly been
Phil Grainger
Philip Andrew
Charles Ira Goodale
FORGOTTEN FIGHTER

It was the first example of a WW-II Russian fighter ever to venture south of the Equator and it's been in hiding for the last decade - but that is all about to change! This Yakovlev Yak-3 was originally brought into New Zealand for the Alpine Fighter Collection in 1994. In 1999 it was sold through Classic Aircraft Sales Ltd to Australian interests and was flown at shows...
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FORGOTTEN FIGHTER It was the first example of a WWII Russian fighter
PIXEL Profiles
Sergey  Vekhov
Stephen Veneziale
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR.....

Congratulations to local restorer Trevor 'TC' Collins (right) here at Omaka, on the first flight of his F-24C8c in many decades. Trevor, who had previously restored a Helio Courier and spent many years flying it around New Zealand, located the forlorn Fairchild in the USA and shipped it back to Omaka for restoration which he has quietly carried...
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MEANWHILE BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR
Philip Bailey
Clint Mesman
John Gnt
JUICY LUCY!

It seems that a disproportionately large number of colour images of P-47 Thunderbolts were taken during World War Two, compared with almost any other combat aircraft type. That's not a complaint of course since we can never get enough colour images of any of the combat aircraft of the period.
In this view, P-47D-26 42-28229 'Juicy Lucy' of 313 FS, 50 FG, 9 AF, is being re-armed in...
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JUICY LUCY It seems that a disproportionately large number of colour images
Terry Rogers
Philip McCarty
Darryl Hilbig
EPIC CLASSIC FIGHTERS!!

Well it has been an exhausting few months, leading to intense weeks, working to get the latest Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow delivered over the Easter weekend. As airshow Chairman, co-commentator etc. and a few other more forgettable roles, I don't get time to stop to take photos much, but I have a few special memories from the show week, taken by various people,...
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EPIC CLASSIC FIGHTERS Well it has been an exhausting few months leading
Craig Anderson
Anthony Portelli
Alistair Marshall
THOROUGHBRED TRIO TO REUNITE....

There has only been one occasion when three Spitfires have flown together south of the Equator since the war era. That was at the 2015 Classic Fighters airshow at Omaka Airfield, Marlborough, New Zealand, as seen in this image captured by Errol Cavit. It's exciting to report that these three machines will come together again in the skies over Omaka next...
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THOROUGHBRED TRIO TO REUNITE There has only been one occasion when three
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Craig Matheson
Geoff Lanham
MACCHI REMEMBERED

It can be easy to forget some of the significant fighters of WW-II, simply because we never see them at airshows and seldom see them anywhere else. The Macchi MC.200 is a case in point as shown in this great period photo (hard to tell if this is original colour or added later, but it presents the aircraft really well). The type first flew in December 1937 and from all...
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MACCHI REMEMBERED It can be easy to forget some of the significant
Philip Andrew
Moreno Testi
Frank Stansell
Not long to go and all of these months of work will come to a head this Easter with the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow here at Omaka. Already the airfield is coming to life with aircraft being prepared for the show, first flights looming, sets being built and the just-arrived Yak-3U 'Steadfast' already nearly assembled after less than a single day's work by the Team Steadfast guys from...
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Joe Fricano
Barry Tod
Chris McCracken
FRENCH JUGS

This is a great period image of some French operated Republic P-47 Thunderbolts apparently based somewhere in North Africa. We would love to hear from anyone who can fill in some of the details behind this photograph.
In the meantime, we must ask the forgiveness of our Classic Wings readers, that our entire staff are immersed beneath the organisational weight of the rapidly...
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FRENCH JUGS This is a great period image of some French operated
Cyril Defever
Russell Furzer
Andrew Walker
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!

Well....they're already here! It's always a blast to open a shipping container housing another exotic aircraft. This time our arrival is a temporary visitor in the form of the record-breaking Yak-3U 'Steadfast' which is here to participate in the Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow here at Omaka Airfield over this coming Easter. Already the airfield is starting...
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John Leathers
Frank Huddleston
Jeffrey Banks
THE GROWL OF THE GRIFFON

There's usually a lot of heritage aviation activity around Omaka Airfield on most days, but coming up to an airshow it gets really busy, verging on hectic!
Amongst the various activities over the last few days, we have seen (and heard!!) a few engine runs by Jay McIntyre in the CFFC Spitfire Mk.XIVe. As many will be aware the carburettor had never operated to a 100%...
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THE GROWL OF THE GRIFFON Theres usually a lot of heritage aviation
Craig Matheson
Stephen Murray
Adrian Henderson
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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MEANWHILE BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR
Paul Vigeant
Frank Feldmann
Richard Hubbard
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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THUNDER ALLEY It would be hard to find a more unusual colour
Kyle Bernard
Andy Bass
David Atkins