The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – Episode 21

WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of the Wings Over New Zealand LIVE Show co-hosts Dave Homewood and Grant McHerron speak with Ed Taylor, the General Manager of the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. As many will know Warbirds Over Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere airshows, and the 30th Anniversary Airshow is coming up in three weeks time over Easter. Ed talks about the background and history of the airshow, his role leading the organisation that puts the airshow together, and highlights of what people can expect to see this year, such as the ‘Dunkirk’ Buchon, the USAF F-16 team, the Yak 3’s, Mustangs, Spitfire, and much more.

Dave and Grant also chat afterwards about recent and current happenings on the warbird scene ‘downunder’ in New Zealand and Australia; including Dave’s report from the Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand Rally, the WONZ Forum Meet at Classic Flyers Museum, and a trip this week to Ardmore to visit Pioneer Aero and Avspecs. And Grant gives a preview of several airshows coming up in Australia.

Quick Links

QUICK LINK:  Warbirds Over Wanaka  

QUICK LINK: Warbirds Over Wanaka Facebook Page  

QUICK LINK: Geoff Soper Photography’s Warbirds Over Wanaka  

P-51 Demo Pilot Scott Yoak on Safety – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 642

WARBIRD RADIO – Normally the month of March is devoted entirely to safety on WarbirdRadio.com; however, due to our location and Matt’s travel requirements, we’re unable to maintain this schedule.  As an alternative we’re packing several topics into one episode with Scott Yoak.  Mr. Yoak is one of the top P-51 demonstration pilots in North America and a master aircraft technician.  

We’ll be rebroadcasting several of our top Safety Month shows across the coming weeks as part of our continuing commitment to serve vintage military aircraft operators, enthusiasts and air show fans.  Additionally, on this episode Matt welcomes Moreno Aguiari from the D-Day Squadron with news on their mission.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Scott Yoak & Quick Silver

QUICK LINK:  D-Day Squadron

F-35 Test Pilot – Billie Flynn – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 641

WARBIRD RADIO – Billie Flynn is a test pilot’s test pilot and he’s joining Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Mr. Flynn is currently testing the F-35 for Lockheed Martin but has a host of experience flying the super jets of our time.  Tune in tonight for a great conversation about the F-35 and what’s in store for the USA’s 5th generation fighter (plus some news for the 2018 air show season).

Ryan Keough also joins Matt with a look at a new project the Collings Foundation is working on.  As always, we love hearing from you and appreciate you listening.

QUICK LINK:  Lockheed Martin’s F-35

QUICK LINK:  Collings Foundation

Aviator Warren Pietsch – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 640

WARBIRD RADIO – When it comes to vintage aircraft display pilots few can touch the of experience Warren Pietsch.  According to his Pietsch Aircraft biography, Warren began flying at a young age and soloed on his 16th birthday. In 1980 Warren joined his father Al and brother, Kent in the Air Show industry performing at shows across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to flying Air Shows, Warren was a captain for a major airline for 20 years flying Lockheed 1011, B-727, B-737’s worldwide. Warren has accumulated over 26,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from gliders, J-3 Cubs, antique aircraft and vintage WWII aircraft.  Warren continues to operate the family business his father began in 1957. Pietsch Aircraft Restoration & Repair, Inc. is located in Minot, ND. They offer flight instruction including both glider and power aircraft. The shop crew remains busy rebuilding several antique aircraft, maintaining customer aircraft, and engine work. Warren & Brian started the Minot Aero Center together and opened it’s doors for operation December 31, 2009 and it has been growing ever since. 

In addition to his work at Pietsch Aircraft, Warren is the Chief Pilot for the Texas Flying Legends Museum and an active participant at the Dakota Territory Air Museum.  Just the links below for more information.  Thanks for tuning in.

SHOWTIME is 8pm ET / Tuesday / January 30th 2018 / Podcast will follow

QUICK LINK:  Texas Flying Legends

QUICK LINK:  Dakota Territory Air Museum

QUICK LINK:  Pietsch Aircraft

The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – deHavilland Hornet Restorer Corin McCrae – Episode 20

WARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood and Grant McHerron are back with a new broadcast.  The guys are joined this month by deHavilland Hornet restorer Corin McCrae.  In this episode of The Wings Over New Zealand Live Show, Dave and Grant return after a long break, and as well as a round up of news and happenings from New Zealand and Australia, Dave also talks with guest Corin McCrae of Aerowood.  Corin’s business, Aerowood, is all about crafting the wooden parts required to rebuild or repair classic wooden aeroplanes. Unlike many companies rebuilding wooden aeroplanes however Aerowood uses computer CAD technology and a CNC automated cutting machine.  Personally Corin has created wooden parts for all sorts of projects from Tiger Moths to SE5a’s. But most famously Corin has been involved in rebuilding the wooden structure of several de Havilland Mosquitoes as flying projects. Two of them now flying in the USA – KA114 with Jerry Yagen’s Military Aircraft Museum, and TV959 with Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. The third flying Mosquito project, Rod Lewis’s PZ474, should hopefully fly sometime in 2018.  And Aerowood has another exciting upcoming project, working with Pioneer Aero Restorations Ltd of Ardmore, and that is the de Havilland Sea Hornet TT193 project that is planned to be restored to fly too. He talks about all these projects and more.

SHOWTIME is 9pm ET / Tuesday / January 30th 2018 / Podcast will follow

QUICK LINK:  Aerowood

QUICK LINK:  Pioneer Aero Ltd

QUICK LINK:  Pioneer Aero Ltd on Facebook

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