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The U.S in NZ

Postby Splitpin » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:43 pm

A few more that may be of interest....Classic U.S here in NZ.

R5D's ? at Whenuapai 1956
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USN Neptune departing Whenuapai with JATO assist ...
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Probably the most beautiful prop aircraft ever made ...in my humble opinion.
This old lady transported the, then Vice President of the U.S , Nixon to NZ in 1953....seen here at Ohakea
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1966, and a USAF F-4 starting up at Auckland airport. The occasion, unknown, but going by what appears to be a tv camera in the background, it may have been indeed an occasion.
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1984, exercise Triad , USAF F-15 at Ohakea
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby deaneb » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:46 pm

Great pictures. The Phantom at Auckland in 1966 may have been the official opening, which was same year.
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Postby Naki » Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:56 pm

Yes it is the opening of Auckland airport. My Dad flew into the opening show in an aero club aircraft.
He has plenty of photos from that show and others air shows from the 50s onwards
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Postby Aharon » Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:52 am

VERY IMPRESSIVE PHOTOS

Did not even know that Neptune plane had skis!!!
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby Splitpin » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:51 pm

Aharon , thanks for looking. Not all Neptunes were fitted with skis.
The one in the photo is from the US Navy squadron VXE-6, who operated the type for operation deep freeze. They flew to and from the Antarctic from NZCH and other NZ locations.
I think the photo shows a demo, I can't think of any reason for a Neptune to depart Whenuapai using JATO.
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby hoki1185 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:35 pm

I remember the Neptunes flying out of Invercargill to the Ice in the early 60s,Jato bottles ablaze.What was their payload?
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby chopper_nut » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:21 pm

Lots of fuel probably :lol:
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Postby emfrat » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:56 pm

chopper_nut wrote:Lots of fuel probably :lol:

HARS has a couple of Neptunes, but I don't remember seeing one with JATO gear. If there's any still around, they'll find it :D

https://hars.org.au/lockheed-p2h-p2v-7-neptune/

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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby Splitpin » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:51 pm

Naki wrote:Yes it is the opening of Auckland airport. My Dad flew into the opening show in an aero club aircraft.
He has plenty of photos from that show and others air shows from the 50s onwards


Naki, I would love to see your Dads collection.
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby Naki » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:11 pm

Splitpin wrote:
Naki wrote:Yes it is the opening of Auckland airport. My Dad flew into the opening show in an aero club aircraft.
He has plenty of photos from that show and others air shows from the 50s onwards


Naki, I would love to see your Dads collection.

Yeah there’s heaps of slides. Need to get them digitised somehow.
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Re: The U.S in NZ

Postby chopper_nut » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:06 am

Naki wrote:
Splitpin wrote:
Naki wrote:Yes it is the opening of Auckland airport. My Dad flew into the opening show in an aero club aircraft.
He has plenty of photos from that show and others air shows from the 50s onwards


Naki, I would love to see your Dads collection.

Yeah there’s heaps of slides. Need to get them digitised somehow.


I'm trying to get my old man to scan everything, which he is but it's taking time to do thousands of slides.... but that glorious Kodachrome colour!
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