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    Some German Metal (Arrg! Rammstein!)

    Although bassembled in France as a Nord 1002, this Bf 108 was originally constructed in Augsburg and is a genuine warbird, having served with the Luftwaffe in WW2 and was shot down at one stage.



    Undoubted Star of the show was this FW 190 (see my close up pics of it elsewhere here), which flew only once each day in the company of its WW2 nemesis,two Spitfire Mk.IXs. Frank Parker, the Southern Hemisphere's only Fw 190 rated pilot had a wee trouble getting it on to the ground, bouncing a couple of times, which caused everyone to hold their breaths as he struggled to get the machine under control, Luckily he did. Both Claus Collings, the founder of the Flug Werk company that built the aircraft and Murray Miers, its owner were at the show; Collings recounting how he built it, starting with a non flying mock-up to settle the details, then built his first flying aircraft; this one, in fact. Interesting to hear.











    One of two Kubelwagens blatting round the airfield in the hands of the reanactors.



    Some Brits. Bill and Robyn Reid's lovely Anson I made its Omaka debut this weekend, too and made a change from the fast stuff, although its engine noise rivalled the single-seaters in its din.







    Spitfire IXs; a classic shape.











    Two Yak-3s carried out a tail chase and were one of the best flying displays of the day.















    Next, some other sights and sounds around the show of interest.

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    Although bassembled in France as a Nord 1002, this Bf 108 was originally constructed in Augsburg and is a genuine warbird, having served with the Luftwaffe in WW2 and was shot down at one stage.
    I was talking to the owner after the show, and he told me that they had to recover one of the control surfaces, and when they removed the fabric, the original fabric was underneath it, bulletholes and all!
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    Fantastic pics, would truly love to see that Anson in person - beautiful.



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    The 190 is sweet but the Anson is quite simply superb. Love the colour scheme....much nicer than silver or yellow.

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    Man, they are super pics...




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    Great pics Grant. The Nord/'108 makes a very 'usable' warbird, handy for touring, and (relatively) inexpensive. Do you happen to know which unit that one was with?





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    Thanks for the comments, guys, much appreciated. Terry, not sure which unit the Bf 108 flew with, but it has probably flown more hours here in NZ than it did in the war. Its owner Colin Montgomery has used it as his personal transport for years, his family was based at the other end of the country from himself and at one stage he was making the trip back and forth every couple of weeks in the Messerschmitt.

    The Anson is a real beauty; the standard of restoration is just extraordinary and is to be seen to be believed. Bill sourced as many original fittings as possible, down to bakelite switches, Aldis Lamps and other fittings for the interior. It wears the markings of the aircraft of New Zealander Pilot Officer Laurie Edwards of 206 Sqn Coastal Command, who was shot down two days after war was declared, by an He 115, which proceded to pick up survivors, including Edwards, who became the first RAF Officer POW of the war. What was remarkable was that Edwards attacked the He 115 armed only with the Anson's forward firing .303 and a .300 in the top turret!
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    It does look nice in those colours, though it would to great to see it in its original RAAF markings.



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    Thanks for the info Grant. If I was ever in a position to afford to own and run a warbird, I think the '108 would be ideal. That said, I'd still need help to get in and out of it, with this darned arthritis!





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    Hi Guys, the last lot of Classic Fighters images.

    Its always impressive watching airliners do airshow routines and one of the most impressive is the RNZAF's 757, which regularly struts its stuff at venues around the world, including RIAT and Waddington in the UK.



    With the RNZAF's NH-90 helicopter now in service, the good ole UH-1 is nearing the end of its life with the air force, but it is still entertaining to watch and will be missed at airshows (and operationally).





    The RNZAF brought along an NH-90 for their display, its an impressive machine.



    A battle rages in the sky above with Nanchangs sensible enough to remain on the ground since they regularly play the bad guys and the NZ Warbirds DC-3 in the foreground. This aircraft spent the entire airshow doing joy flights, which meant it didn't display, but was coming and going throughout the entire day.





    A peculiar little machine that caught my eye in the Marlborough Aero Club hangar; it's a Penguin and was used for ground handling training, being powered and taxiable, with full movement of the controls available to the pilot. Just don't try and get airborne - they fly like a brick.



    View from the Marlborough Aero Club hangar with former RNZAF A-4K in the foreground.



    These guys kept the noise levels at a peak during a lull in the flying display. This guy overhauled this Britsol Hercules from a Bristol Freighter here at Omaka and frequently runs it. Makes a heck of a racket.



    The Allison is even noisier. Very cool to see and hear.



    This DHC-2 Beaver has been around on the NZ ag scene for many years, but is now working solely as a family hack and airshow performer.



    Another long time stalwart of the NZ civil register is this pretty Fox Moth; one of, if not, the first commercial airliner in New Zealand. It has been modified with a blown canopy.



    These big booted Pipers, a Vagabond and Super Cub, are becoming more frequent as their value for being able to get into inaccessible areas is immense. ZK-BOY did a quick display of short take-off and low speed handling whilst bouncing down the flight line.



    For many years now, this F-27 has been operating out of nearby Woodbourne carrying the mail around the country after hours, so to see it flying in daylight is a rarity. In honour of the fact that light sleeping residents in Blenheim have had to put up with it departing at all hours, the aircraft put on a short display since its going to be retired soon. It is the last operating F-27 in New Zealand; NZ Post's other F-27s are being grounded and one has already been broken up. Its pilot, Tim Sullivan also flies one of the Fokker Dr Is, making him the only rated pilot on the oldest and youngest Fokker aircraft on the New Zealand register.



    The Yaks aerobatic display team awaits its turn in the air.



    This Australian built D.H.84 Dragon offered joy rides at the end of the day.



    Finally, a couple of immaculate Tiger Moth ZK-SSA departing at the end of the day.





    That's all folks. Thanks for the kind comments throughout and I hope you've all enjoyed my photographic coverage of the aircraft of Classic Fighters 2013.

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    Now That would have been worth the trip to NZ. great shots. thanks.
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    Good shots!


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    Fantastic shots!



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    Its pilot, Tim Sullivan also flies one of the Fokker Dr Is, making him the only rated pilot on the oldest and youngest Fokker aircraft on the New Zealand register.
    Jerry Chisum(sp?) was in the left seat, and also flies a lot of the WW1 stuff (including a number of Fokkers) I'm not too sure about the dr1 though. I do know he didn't fly one at the show.
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