WARBIRD RADIO – New Zealand’s only airworthy Catalina Flying Boat is set to make a triumphant return from major refurbishment work at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. According to a recent news release, ZK-PBY has been a favourite at Wanaka for a number of years, especially when she lands on the lake, but was missing in 2014 because of extensive work to repair the wings and fuselage of the 70-year-old aircraft. The work has been carried out in Brett Emeny’s hangar in New Plymouth by members of the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society at a cost of around $250,000.
Brett says it’s great to see an end to what has been a major undertaking and the plan is to have the Catalina airborne later in the year. “We’ve done all the structural work on the wings and fuselage and all that remains are some fabric repairs on these two sections. We’re also taking advantage of some fine weather to work on the tail which is poking out the hangar doors.”
“Then there’s a fair bit of re-assembling work to do and we’ll need to get it weighed and re-certified before we can take her out for a test flight.”
Brett says the plan is to have the Catalina make her first Airshow appearance since the refurbishment began, at Wanaka 2016. It will be the first time the aircraft has displayed at Wanaka since the 2010 event.
Warbirds Over Wanaka Event Manager, Mandy Deans says they’re excited about having ZK-PBY display next Easter and being available for the public to book rides.
“We get regular calls from people asking if the Catalina is going to be at WOW and it’s great to be able to tell people now that yes, subject to final availability, she will be here,” said Mandy.
It’s expected the Catalina will be taking the public on flights during the airshow but also on the Rides Day which will be Monday, March 28th.
“Rides Day gives people the opportunity to enjoy the airshow and then stay on for another day to take a flight in the Catalina and other aircraft,” said Mandy.
Meanwhile, if you would like to help The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society they are always very grateful for any donations. The Society is a registered Charitable entity allowing donations to be tax deductible. Donations can be made on their Quick Linked below or by post.
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society
P. O. Box 72-527, Papakura, Auckland 2244.
QUICK LINK: Catalina Preservation Society
WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in and take off this week with Pearl Harbor survivor and F6F Hellcat pilot CAPT R.E. “Bob” Batterson (USN RET). CAPT Batterson shares his story this week during a special Warbird Radio Presents. To listen to the full podcast just click the play button below. Thanks for listening.
WARBIRD RADIO – Audiences can now enjoy unprecedented documentation of the precision flying, gentlemanly demeanor and aviation knowledge of R.A. “Bob” Hoover, “The Pilot’s Pilot.” According a to recent news elease,”Flying the Feathered Edge” arrives on DVD and BluRay just in time to celebrate Hoover’s 93rd birthday on January 24th.
The 86 minute documentary includes exclusive interviews with Harrison Ford, Carroll Shelby, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day,Gene Cernan, Clay Lacy, and Sean D. Tucker.
“This film captures my life story in an authentic and accurate way. I don’t know how it could have been done any better.” – Bob Hoover
“Best aviation documentary I have ever seen.” – Jack J. Pelton, Chairman, Experimental Aviation Association
“Wow! GR8 film and an important tribute to Bob.” – Burt Rutan
“This is by far the best job of story telling of a legend in our business that I have ever seen.” – Steve Hinton, President, Planes of Fame Air Museum
In “Flying the Feathered Edge,” Bob Hoover, joined by some of the best and brightest minds in aerospace today – reveals hard earned wisdom from a life spent
pushing the edge of the flight envelope while contributing to aviation’s many developments.
About the Filmmaker:
Kim Furst is an award winning producer, director, and editor. “Flying the Feathered Edge” is Kim’s fifth aviation documentary as film editor and first as producer/director. Earlier work as a film editor includes the general aviation documentary “One Six Right,” Discovery Channel’s “Rocket Challenge,” and “Wings Over the Rockies” starring Harrison Ford, among others. Furst has produced a number of “making of” documentaries for big budget features, winning a Golden Satellite Award for the behind-the-scenes for “Mission: Impossible: III.”
QUICK LINK: The Bob Hoover Project
WARBIRD RADIO – The guys are LIVE tonight and the world will never be the same. We’ve lined an all star mystery guest and it will be more fun than eatin’ a bowl of cherries listening to Mike figure out who it is. Over the last two days Andy and Matt have filled his head with all sorts of rumors. Tune in this evening or stop by our Dayton, Ohio studio at the Heins Family Ski Lodge and watch in person.
UPDATE: The mystery guest was Kyle Franklin (Mike’s all time favorite pilot). We’re happy to report that Hartman was completely twiterpated. Thanks Kyle!
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WARBIRD RADIO – Harry “T” Geier from the Planes of Fame air museum in Chino, California joins Matt Jolley tonight (1/20/15) on Warbird Radio LIVE! Show time is 8pm (EASTERN) and the call in lines will be open. Planes of Fame works to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. Harry will fill us in with all the latest happenings from around the museum. For a complete list of events just click the Quick Link below.
Matt will also be joined by Australian photographer Mark Greenmantle with an update on his charitable calendar project Vixens 4 Veterans. Proceeds from their 2015 calendar will benefit veterans with PTSD. We’ll also check in with the guys from Warbirds News.com with a look at this week’s headlines. Thanks for tuning in and we hope you call in tonight!
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