Articles – Warbirds of Australia and New Zealand 2013

Warbirds of Australia and New Zealand 2013
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Editor’s introduction:

p 4

Warbirds year:

A summary of Australian and New Zealand activities in 2012. p 6

Mosquito & Anson fly again:

Two very significant restorations were completed in New Zealand in 2012 – the de Havilland Mosquito and Avro Anson. p 14

State of the Nation:

Australian Warbirds Association CEO Stephen Crocker reports on the organisation’s activities and achievements over thepast year. p 18

Warbirds Directory:

A comprehensive reference listing of currently active Australian and NZ warbirds plus accidents, exports and those withdrawn from use. p 20


Grumman’s big single as a warbird in Australian and NZ plus the story of the trans-Tasman delivery flight ferry by Brendon Deere’s latest acquisition. p 36

Red Star Jets:

From Russia with love – MiG warbirds down under. p 44

Twin Tails:

The Lockheed Hudson, Lodestar and Ventura. p 50

British Beauty:

Hawker Hunter warbirds on both sides of the Tasman. p 56

Warbirds Album:

From the archives – warbirds from years gone by, some of them still with us and some long gone. p 62

Hard Lessons:

A summary of the investigation into the crash of Thunder City’s English Electric Lightning – with lessons for us all. p 68

Air Shows 2011:

A pictorial essay of warbirds at air shows in Australia and New Zealand during the yea including Point Cook, Tauranga, Wanaka and Tyabb. p 76

Bird Dog:

A popular and affordable warbird with light aircraft attributes but also a genuine military heritage. p 88

Background to Australian & New Zealand warbirds:

How it started, where it is now. p 94

Warbirds Diary 2013:

A selection of local and overseas air shows that warbirds enthusiasts might consider visiting in 2013. p 98