In contrast to the de Havilland DH-112 Venom that roared through the afternoon sky, this powerful little plane was designed for another purpose. Short take off's, towing and the ability to fly so slowly, these are the strengths of this strong little Polish plane. Produced from the early sixties till 2006, is a testament to the success of this design.
Part two? After Saturdays surprise, on Sunday I tagged along with Pieter and family to spend Sunday in Wanganui at the vintage weekend. With the promise of a DC3, a steam train and people in costume, we thought it might be a bit of fun.
The Douglas Dakota DC3, was scheduled to fly between 12 and 5pm, so we decided our first stop would be at the airport. Lucky that we did, because the Wanganui Aero Club was putting on a little, un-advertised airshow. To our surprise, the Venom we saw the day before was parked on the airfield ready for refueling. Soon we found out it would be leaving at 1pm, hopefully it would put on a brief display as it left.
One of the joys of going out to RNZAF Ohakea Air Base is that you never know what is going to happen next. From fighter jets, to diverted passenger planes when one of the larger airports in New Zealand has an issue. Yesterday we went out to see an Airbus A350 which had been diverted to Ohakea from Christchurch due to fog. But while we were there we saw the de Havilland DH-112 Venom being fueled for take-off.
With eight of the last fifteen days having highs over twenty eight degrees, the Manawatu is looking a little brown. The only respite in the heat has been the thunder storms that have ranged across the landscapes from time to time. Last Saturday, we watched as four separate waves of thunderstorms surged towards the west coast.
With a hot summer, comes thunderstorms. When the day starts out humid, the temperature soars to 28 by 10am, and thunderstorms watches are issued, you know you could be in for a stormy day. Too soon the sky went dark with the first wave of thunderstorms, and the thunder begins to shake the clouds. A heavy downpour did little to drop the temperature, and even after the rumbles continued. All this before 1pm?