Yes a very cool subject. He is a NZ aviation legend.
Some of his long distance delivery/record flights must have relied on the curvature of the earth to get airborne.
I started my initial flight training in Victa Airtourers. That was with Airline flying club based at both Ardmore and Auckland.
A fun machine. Auckland aero club used to have 13 of them on their flight line at one stage. They were painted every colour of the rainbow. An impressive sight. It was said that the canopy contributed up to a 1/3 of the overall lift and that this should be considered before flying with it open. Tried it once and instantly regretted it. It created a dust storm in the cockpit which momentarily blinded me. The 130 HP T3 model was brilliant.
All said a great rugged training aircraft.
Thanks for being part of it Cliff.