Remarks: Close cropped Front/Port side view of PBY-5A Catalina ZK-PBY (NZ4017) on approach to Rwy 29, ending another flight at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010 on Sunday 04Apr10. The Crewman in the blister monitors the approach (after taking photos of the airfield). I wonder how many knots of criuse speed are lost due to the drag of the blisters? I was lucky to have gone on a twenty minute flight in this aircraft that day, which included skimming over Lake Wanaka. My scheduled flight at 1200 hours was cancelled, but was re-instated for a 1600 hrs take-off on the final day of the airshow.
Remarks: After flying to Inuvik, on Canadian North 5T 444 from Edmonton, Yellowknife and Norman Wells, we arrived to this quaint little airport. Inuvik is a wonderful city in the Arctic Circle, to say the least.
Remarks: No, this is not an Air to Air Photo. Close Cropped Front View of Lavochkin La-9 ZK-LIX doing a dummy 'Strafing Run' over Rwy 29, during a flying display at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010. The Pilot is looking at me! (In WWII, ground troops reported 'seeing the whites of the pilots eyes', when enemy aircraft did low firing passes.) The La-9, which is the only airworthy example in the world, was following Yakovlev Yak-3 ZK-YYY on this pass. (Red Air Force rising.) The La-9 flew it's last New Zealand display at WOW 2010, before being shipped to USA.
Remarks: Underside rear view of ex Japan Navy Zero N712Z (X-133) retracting her wheels after take-off from Wanaka's Rwy 11 during Warbirds Over Wanaka (WOW) 2010. The Port wheel strut is nearly retracted as the Stbd strut starts to move, in another aircraft using sequential wheel retraction. N712Z, operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), is one of the world's few airworthy Zeros. (I am pleased to have photographed a Zero that is not a collection of pieces like V-173.)