The Wings Over New Zealand Show – Iroquois with Des Gyde – Episode 14

RNZAF_IroquoisWEBWARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Wings Over New Zealand LIVE Show the date of broadcast here in New Zealand is the 15th of June 2016, which is exactly 50 years to the day since the arrival in New Zealand of NZ3801, the first RNZAF Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The type revolutionised Royal New Zealand Air Force operations and became an icon in New Zealand skies as it operated with the New Zealand Defence Force and many civilian organisations in an incredibly wide variety of roles.

The Iroquois fleet recently retired from RNZAF service and while a small few have now gone to museums, the rest of the fleet have been shipped to the USA to new owner Dakota Air Parts.    So in this show we will remember the glory days of the Iroquois. Dave will be speaking live to our guest Des Gyde who spent many years working with the Iroquois, first on the maintenance side as a Safety and Surface Technician, before becoming a Helicopter Crewman. Des will tell some great memories of the Iroquois from his days based at Hobsonville, Wigram and Singapore with them, and on deployment to in places like Antarctica and the Sinai.

We’ll also have a round up of warbird related news from New Zealand and Australia, and Grant will give a quick take on the RAAF’s operation of the Iroquois too.

QUICK LINK:  Wings Over New Zealand

Image courtesy Gavin Conroy

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