Photos from the Classic Fighters Airshow held at Omaka near Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand over the 2015 Easter Long Weekend.
It’s an aircraft nicknamed “The Tin Goose” but the Henry Ford produced Tri-Motor which was built for passenger travel.
Meet “City of Wichita” or Serial #5-AT-8, Registration #N9645 for the ardent avgeek.
“Wichita” was part of the first transcontinental air and rail service which was called the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT later becoming TWA).
Two Ford Tri-Motors took off on July 7, 1929 on their way to New York to Los Angeles on a route that was set out by Charles Lindbergh and with passengers that included Aviatrix, Amelia Earhart.
The aircraft went via Columbus, Ohio (and a few other places) before landing at Glendale, California showing that it was possible to fly from coast to coast in 48 hours.
The Tri-Motor has been referenced in pop culture appearing in Chapter 1 of Flash Gordon (1936) and got its time on celluloid in 1984’s Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Untouchables (1987).
Tri-Motor stopped production in June, 1933 and out of 199 made, only 18 still exist (8 of which are airworthy).
You can find more pictures of the “City of Wichita” here
Aircraft, aircraft and more aircraft!
This photo says it all, no more words needed to describe Airventure 2014.
The aircraft was a B-25 Mitchell bomber and the date was April 18, 1942.
It became known as the Doolittle Raid and only four of the 80 men who flew into history that day are still alive.
One of them is Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, who was co-pilot to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle.
He flew into Airventure 2014 on board “Miss Mitchell”.
“Miss Mitchell” completed over 130 missions in North Africa and Italy. She had no crew fatalities during all of her missions which is a rare feat.
The B-25J went through a 12 year restoration and took her first flight 50 years to the day of the Doolittle Raid.
When she’s not in the air, you can find her at the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Aircraft of all kinds and aviation enthusiasts have started their annual gathering at EAA’s Airventure in Wisconsin.
David and I are yet to experience the avgeek insanity that is OshKosh (as it’s better known and the name of the place its held) but we thought we’d put up the best bits and pieces that we find over this very special time of the year.
Day 1 has got to be about “Janet”.
Janet is the world’s last flying T5 Fairey Gannet (sad face) and in August this year, she’ll be celebrating 60 years since her first flight as a prototype.
Janet’s first public outing was Farnborough in 1954 but she initially started life as a dual control T2.
In 1957, Janet was recalled, rebuilt and used as Fairey Aviation’s prototype new development. Janet had become a T5.
She was sold to the Indonesian Military (but remained in the UK), was reacquired by the British Government where Janet became XT752 until finally the need to restore a Swordfish (pfft!) saw her sent across seas to a new home in the States.
Janet spent some time in climate control before returning to the U.S skies in 2013 and because of this – we salute you XT752!!!