The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – The Dam Busters – Episode 12

DamBusterWARBIRD RADIO -On this episode of the Wings Over New Zealand LIVE Show, Dave Homewood presents some recordings from the Wings Over New Zealand Forum Meet held last weekend in Auckland, New Zealand. We hear from WWII and postwar Royal Air Force veteran Dick Lambert, who was one of the pilots who flew Avro Lancaster bombers during the making of the world famous 1954 classic film “The Dam Busters”.

We also hear an update on restoration projects at Avspecs Ltd from Warren Denholm. And Dave talks about a very special flight he experienced on the weekend, in a Supermarine Spitfire.


The Wings Over New Zealand Show Live! – Graham Orphan – Episode 3

FightersWARBIRD RADIO – Tonight on the Wings Over New Zealand Show, Dave Homewood’s live with Graham Orphan of Blenheim. For the past 20 years Graham has been the editor of the world renowned Classic Wings magazine which focuses on warbird stories, restorations and histories.


Mr. Orphan has also led the team who run the Classic Fighters airshow at Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, since the air show’s inception back in 2001. Mr. Orphan is also heavily involved with the famous Aviation Heritage Centre at Omaka, and with the Marlborough Warbirds Association. The main focus of this interview will be the upcoming Classic Fighters air show at Omaka this Easter, 3rd to 5th of April 2015.

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QUICK LINK:  Classic Fighters Air Show

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QUICK LINK:  Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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New Zealand Catalina Set for Triumphant Return at Wanaka Air Show!

CatalinaWARBIRD 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

Warbirds Over Wanaka Needs Your Help!

Mo with hurricane smaller EDITWARBIRD RADIO -The world famous Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is looking for volunteers.  According to Event Manager, Mandy Deans the volunteers have a wide range of experience and backgrounds.  Working at London’s Gatwick Airport, living in Africa for twenty years and having a love of Spitfire aircraft made Wanaka woman Mo Schofield the perfect candidate for a new position at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.  Volunteers are now being called for to assist with the running of the event next Easter and Mo will be at the helm, managing the three to four hundred helpers.

The volunteer’s manager position had been created, she said, as the international airshow had grown and developed into a large event and responsibilities had to be spread among more people.  While her overseas experiences meant she would be well prepared for any situation, Mo also has a professional background in event management in New Zealand.  Since her and her husband Dennis moved to Wanaka seven years ago she has volunteered for many local organizations and first became involved with Warbirds Over Wanaka (WOW) in 2008.

“I keep returning to WOW because it is a super environment to work in. The other volunteers share the same enthusiasm so we all enjoy working together.”  While the airshow was still 10 months away volunteers were being asked to come forward now to enable the many roles they play, to be organised well in advance.  “There are as many as forty different areas such as media, merchandising, ticketing, program sales, looking after VIP zones and others.”  Mo, whose son, Mark, is a commercial pilot, said many retired people enjoyed being involved as well as students and groups like Air Cadets and St John.

Warbirds Over Wanaka Event Manager, Mandy Deans, said people could register their interest for volunteering through the airshow office at Wanaka airport or online at the events website (SEE QUICK LINK BELOW).  The event is scheduled for April 18, 19 and 20th at Wanaka Airport and ticket sales were going well, Ms. Deans said.

QUICK LINK:  Warbirds Over Wanaka

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