The de Havilland DH 112 Venom was a British postwar single-engined jet aircraft developed from the de Havilland Vampire. It served with the Royal Air Force as a single-seat fighter-bomber and two-seat night fighter. The Venom was an interim between the first generation of British jet fighters – straight-wing aircraft powered by centrifugal flow engines such as the Gloster Meteor and the Vampire and later swept wing, axial flow-engined designs such as the Hawker Hunter and de Havilland Sea Vixen. The Venom was exported to Iraq, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela.
So often those spectacular moments pass by us without us even noticing. It's no wonder really, our lives are busy, and there are many things that demand our concentration. But when you take time out, time to enjoy the simple things, it's amazing what you find.
Remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away!
After the drama and quick action of the air show yesterday it was nice to get back to a peaceful beach, with the soft light of pre-dawn light illuminating the beach. With the large waves sweeping up the beach and over the rocks it truly is a special place to be. It wasn't long before the soft pinks and blues began to replace the darker blues and blacks of night.
The F108 Taifun (a predecessor of the more well known ME-109) was flown both before and during World War Two by Germany. This was one of the aircraft I was really looking forward to seeing as I had never seen any of the German World War Two aircraft flown before. The sound was quite different to the allied aircraft I had seen before but not as different as I had imagined. The display that was put on at the Tauranga Air Show was based around a supposed angry pilot going and shooting down the other planes in a mock battle (this plane has been used in movies and has had gas jets added that sound like machine guns when fired) rather than a display of its handling characteristics. Because of this both times it flew the displays were quite short. Hopefully at Ohakea we might be able to tempt some other German aircraft to come along.