Damaged Harvard aircraft repaired

  • 22/07/2017
The aircraft has been fixed by engineers at Twenty TwentyFour Ltd, based at Wanaka Airport, and test flown by warbirds pilot John Lamont.
The aircraft has been fixed by engineers at Twenty TwentyFour Ltd, based at Wanaka Airport, and test flown by warbirds pilot John Lamont. Photo credit: Warbirds Over Wanaka/Facebook

A Harvard aircraft damaged in a landing following the 2016 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is back in the air.

Harvard 57, which is part of the Roaring 40s Harvard aerobatic display team based at Ardmore in Auckland, had a damaged wing, engine and undercarriage after the landing at Wanaka on the Monday after the airshow.

The aircraft has been fixed by engineers at Twenty TwentyFour Ltd, based at Wanaka Airport, and test flown by warbirds pilot John Lamont.

Harvard 57 was first shipped to New Zealand in July 1943 and served with No 4 Squadron for many years before going into storage at Woodbourne in 1972.

After release from the RNZAF in 1977 it passed through several owners, some of whom were offshore, before being purchased and restored to flying condition at Ardmore during the early 1990s.

The ownership syndicate included a number of Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow regulars Frank Parker, Keith Skilling, Dave Lumsden and Chris Lee.

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