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.
Not everyone can afford the huge price of a genuine World War Two aircraft, but that doesn't mean the dream isn't there. Enter the replicas, they look like the genuine article, but just a little bit smaller. These 3/4 scale planes certainly grab the crowds attention.
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.
It's hard to believe another year has passed. 2017 was a fun, sometimes frenetic, often busy year. With its passing, there is now a chance to take a moment over the break reflect, to look back at the year that has been. Why do we feel the need to do this, maybe it's all the review programmes on TV, or it's the same urge that drives people to make resolutions on New Years eve, I'm not really sure. But it is a tradition I have developed over the last four or five years. Reviewing the images I have captured over the year, looking at what I have enjoyed, what has worked well, and what I can learn going forward?