It’s a bit of a World War One theme this week, in part because The Vintage Aviator Ltd have a flying weekend coming up in Masteron in a few days, and in part because we felt like it!
This week’s video highlights a wide selection of The Vintage Aviator Ltd’s original, reproduction and replica aircraft as seen at various locations around New Zealand. Many of the aircraft that TVAL operate from their flying base at Hood Aerodrome are either originals like the Bristol F.2b, Avro 504k, and the Hanriot seen in this week’s desktop download, or they’re exact reproductions of original aircraft — they not only look and sound the same as original WW1 aircraft, but they also retain much of the excitment of flying these pioneering aircraft. If you can, make sure you get along to Hood Aerodrome this season to see some of these aircraft in action — you’ll not see them anywhere else
New German Aircraft: One type of World War One aircraft that’s been missing from TVAL’s flying collection for many years is a German two-seater, but this is about to be rectified. Built for TVAL by the Memorial Flight Association based at La Ferte-Alais airfield in France, this stunning LVG C.IV has now arrived in New Zealand and will be on display at Hood Aerodrome this coming weekend. The aircraft sports an original 230hp Benz BZ.IV engine, and also a copy of a German Telefunken radio set used during the First World War. The LVG C.I was first produced in 1915, while the later C.II variant was the first German fixed-wing aircraft to drop bombs on London in November 1915. We expect that sooner or later we’ll see some nice dogfights over Hood Aerodrome as the resident British fighters (Sopwith Camels and R.A.F. S.E.5a’s) get a chance to ‘have a crack’ at this tough little German two-seater.
TVAL Online:If you’d like to keep up with what The Vintage Aviator are getting up to, don’t forget that they have their own TVAL Facebook page. If you use Facebook then jump over there and Like their page so that you can see more of the outstanding aircraft in their collection. TVAL also has a website with some very interesting articles and details about their aircraft and how they build them. A recent new story provides details about how they’ve created ‘new’ original 180hp Mercedes D.IIIa engines — read the article here.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere the days are starting to get shorter, so there aren’t too many more events until the flying season will be over for another year. Make sure you get out and about and catch some aero action somewhere before it’s too late.
And finally, if you’re interested in our guideboook to the TVAL collection, ‘On The Wings Of History’, you can check it out here.
Alex & Allan
NZ EVENT REMINDER – 27th & 28th February 2016: The Vintage Aviator WW1 Flying Weekend – Flying is scheduled from 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm both days, with a Saturday only option of 6.00pm – 8.00pm if flying that day has been held up with weather. If you want to see TVAL’s originals or rare reproduction WW1 flying aircraft, you’ll need to attend a TVAL flying weekend. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Hangar tours will also be offered outside of flying hours at $15 for adults and $10 for children. The event will be held at at Hood Aerodrome, in Masterton.
NZ EVENT REMINDER – 25th-27th March 2016: Warbirds Over Wanaka – Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2016 will once again feature many exciting air and ground events. Join WoW to celebrate classic aircraft and warbirds, as well as modern jets, sport aircraft and many more aviation attractions. On the ground they’ll bring you some new displays of military vehicles, vintage trucks, aviation trade stands, market stalls and wonderful food and beverages. For more information keep an eye on the Warbirds Over Wanaka website
NZ EVENT REMINDER – 23rd & 24th April 2016: The Vintage Aviator WW1 Flying Weekend – Flying is scheduled from 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm both days, with a Saturday only option of 6.00pm – 8.00pm if flying that day has been held up with weather. If you want to see TVAL’s originals or rare reproduction WW1 flying aircraft, you’ll need to attend a TVAL flying weekend. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Hangar tours will also be offered outside of flying hours at $15 for adults and $10 for children. The event will be held at Hood Aerodrome, in Masterton
NZ EVENT REMINDER – 23rd & 24th April 2016: Anzac In Action Weekend – Anzac weekend 2016 will be two action-packed days of old fashioned fun at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome! We’re talking several WWI battle re-enactments with live action, vintage weapons and machinery, blank bullets and pyrotechnic simulated explosions! And that’s just for starters. The event will be held at Rangitata Island Aerodrome, near Gerladine (New Zealand).
Wallpaper Download — Hanriot HD.1
The Vintage Aviator Ltd’s Hanriot HD.1 is an original World War One aircraft — one of five originals that TVAL actively operate and maintain in an airworthy state. The only place you can see these aircraft flying is at TVAL’s flying base at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand. For many years this Hanriot was displayed as a static display piece in the R.A.F. Museum in London, but after its arrival in New Zealand the TVAL engineers set about bringing it back to a fully airworthy condition, and they’ve done a magnificent job.
Click the image above to open the page containing a link to the full size photo you can download and install on your computer as a desktop wallpaper image.
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