AIRSHOWS PASSPORT


RUSSIAN AIRFORCE MUSEUM & Fly Russian Fighters!

A visit to Moscow & St. Petersburg including a rare visit to this unique museum. Chance to fly in a fighter!

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Wright or Wrong?
Did innovative Kiwi farmer Richard Pearse
make the first 'powered take off'?
We think so.........Click picture for more..

 

The UK to New Zealand Air Race of 1953.
Pictures of letters carried on the race aircraft
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We were all amazed by the pilot skills of the recent passenger jet ditching in the Hudson River.

Take a look at this skilled ditching in 1956.All that 1930ís and WW2 experience paid off in 1956!
A bit more deadly with the jet as the landing speed would have been higher. However, open ocean is more choppy than the river!

 

Visiting Stuttgart Airport??
Make use of your time and explore their own small Aviation Museum which also allows you 'plane spotting' views of the normal airport operations. Fly to Stuttgart

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Date Airshow or Event
Various Dates List of New Zealand and Australian Airshows
Inc. Warbirds Over Wanaka
August,
2017
Russian Airforce Museums PLUS the MAKS 2017 airshow
  Short history of the first ski plane to land on the Tasman Glacier which was the FIRST aircraft equipped with ability to change between 'wheels' and skis'. A New Zealand invention which celebrated 50 years in 2005. CLICK TO READ

 

 

Interesting Aviation Fact
 
The first published accounts of Mile High Club activity was in 1916. Inventor of the automatic pilot, Lawrence Sperry and a New York Socialite,
Mrs. Waldo Polk were found naked by two duck hunters while Sperry was giving flying l
essons.

As noted on the Mile High Website:

"If it is a major aeronautical achievement as everyone claims, then proper recognition should be given to the first person to attempt the sacred act at altitude. That honour can only be bestowed upon Lawrence Sperry, a daredevil pilot, mechanical genius, and of course, inventor of the automatic pilot. Born on December 22, 1892, Sperry lived only a scant 31 years. But in that short lifespan his accomplishments were great. At the age of 18, he built a full scale glider that flew. Wild in the sky, he made his first parachute jump in 1918 and flew loops under the Brooklyn Bridge. He would be the first person to fly a woman over New York City. As a mechanical visionary he invented the turn and bank indicator, retractable landing gear, and perfected the aerial torpedo. During his short remarkable life he held 24 patents."

"Besides intellect, Sperry was also handsome and rich, a combination that led to a succession of women, and according to biographer William Davenport, oftentimes multiple partners. The tabloids liked him, and had a field day with the stories about drinking and wild parties. You have to remember this was during a time when it was unlawful for women to display bare arms in public."

"It was during November of 1916, when Sperry began giving flying lessons to a New York socialite by the name of Mrs. Waldo Polk. Polk's husband was off in France driving an ambulance at the time. The couple were aloft in a Curtiss flying boat over Babylon, New York one day, evidently engaging in carnal pleasure through the benefit of Sperry's recently devised autopilot. Suddenly something went wrong, and the plane plunged 500 feet into great South Bay."

"Two duck hunters paddled to the wreck and rescued, much to their amazement, the naked couple. Apparently Sperry stated the crash "divested" them of their clothing. The couple was brought to Southside Hospital, with Sperry walking, and Polk alongside in a stretcher."

"Local papers glossed over the fact that the duo lacked any clothes, but the New York tabloid Mirror & Evening Graphic, headlined their front page with:

AERIAL PETTING - ENDS IN WETTING

"Both instructor and student survived their ordeal and Sperry later told a friend that he bumped the gyro platform during their aerial manoeuvring. Sperry would crash his Sperry Messenger biplane in the English Channel seven years later, ending his life."

"And Mrs. Polk...well, she continued taking flying lessons and did obtain her pilot's license."