One of the features of ANZAC day for me in the Manawatu, is the flypast organised by Brendon Deere. Every year we head out to Ohakea, usually bathed in warm autumnal sunshine, to see the planes leave and return. This year the flight was made up of Brendon's Supermarine Spitfire IX PV270, (flown by Falcon 5, SQNLDR Sean Perrett RNZAF), flanked by two RNZAF Beechcraft T6 Texans (flown by Falcon 2, FLTLT Alex Joel RAAF and Falcon 3, FLTLT Dan Pezaro RNZAF).
Continuing our feature of the aircraft that flew in the Brebner Print Memorial Flying Displays at the Art Deco weekend in Napier, here is the North American AT-6C Harvard IIA, known as NZ1053. Powered by a P & W R-1340-AN-1 Wasp engine, this classic soars through the air with grace. Initially used as an advanced trainer during World War Two, this classic has been wowing the crowds for decades.
Over the weekend a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 aircraft conducted low-level navigation training in New Zealand. This included a stop at Ohakea Air Base. In the beautiful summer sunshine, as big planes often cause, people gathered to watch. As it began to depart, two young boys borrowed our step ladders for a moment, peering at the large aircraft through a hand held telescope. Soon enough the jets began to wind up, and the plane gathered speed. Camera's clicked and excited boys squealed with delight, as the big four engined jet climbed into the Manawatu skies.
The second plane we will feature from the flying displays at the art deco weekend in Napier, is the 1943 North American AT-6C Harvard IIA NZ1057. On the Saturday we photographed the display, NZ1057 performed a lot of the solo elements of the display, drawing ooh's and ahh's from the crowds below. All the while that trademark growl of the engine filled the sky as the planes powered through the air.
Last weekend we made our way to Napier to enjoy the fun and beauty on show at Art Deco Weekend in Napier. One of the feature attractions, is the planes that make their way to be part of the flying displays. Over the next few posts I want to present the images we captured of the talented Roaring Forties Display team. But rather than show all the plane images at once I thought it would be more fun to show this team plane by plane.
So for this post lets start with the beautifully presented North American AT-6D Harvard III, NZ1065. This is a great example of this classic air trainer, painted in the Red Checkers colour scheme it once represented New Zealand in.