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Classics of aviation – Mandeville, New Zealand

Thought for the day…”You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them”.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time”.

Driving down to the south part of the South Island of New Zealand, you might come across some traces of the past.   Down at a small settlement called Mandeville, there is a small airfield, home of the Croydon Aviation Trust.  Here they restore old aircraft, and also train pilots to fly them.    The old hangars are still there, and inside them you will see aircraft being restored using traditional methods, such as carpentry and dope on fabric.  Mandeville was originally a wet area (=alcohol allowed), whereas nearby Gore Town was a dry area (=no alcohol allowed), which might be the reason that the airstrip prospered.     Enough aircraft and flying machines in the hangars to make a stop worthwhile if you are in the area.   Another nice feature is that you can actually go for pleasure flights in the aircraft, including the open cockpit Tiger Moth or the DH89 Rapide.   A trip down back to the past !!

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Photo of the Day Friday 14th December 2012 – Not the Quality Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”

An evening photo of the De Havilland Tiger Moth today, taken in Wanaka, New Zealand.  This 1930s design of biplane is still in widespread use, with over 8800 of them being built.   It is powered by a 120hp or 130hp Gypsy engine, and was a popular training aircraft, helped by its low stalling speed.   The maximum speed is around 175 km/h.

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WORDPRESS COPY NZ Wanaka Warbirds 2012 Tiger Moth yellow airborne evening 8 Apr 2012 CROP (1)