Date :Saturday March 1 at  1:00 pm  (see note below)

Location:  Shearwater Aviation Museum.

This should be a very interesting event and a chance to view a collection of wonderful aeroplanes. Brad Thomas will
be our host and he will give a talk on the project he is getting underway to build a genuine set of replacement bomb bay doors for the museum’s Avenger  which was donated by Forest Protection Ltd in NB. He has acquired original blueprints and will be building an exact reproduction of the original parts including tooling as necessary. I think that should be very interesting for the members that are interested in warbirds and metal construction.

Also to be seen (but not photographed PLEASE) will be the museum’s Fairy Aviation Firefly which served at Shearwater and was recovered from the desert in Ethiopia, brought home and restored to flying condition. Unfortunately during taxi test they had a mishap and will be doing repairs to recover from that. The AME who oversaw the project will be with us and will be able to answer questions. Again, he asks that we do not take photos as the volunteers want the project to be remembered for the accomplishment of the restoration, not the unfortunate mishap which occurred. Some of the volunteers have 20 years invested in the project so they’re rightfully quite attached to it.

The museum has also recently been given a C-150 which was used to train students at Shearwater and more recently as a training aid for the vocational training school. It will be refurbished and suspended “in flight” in the museum when complete.

Of course the museum is full of military aircraft from over the years including an airworthy Fairy Swordfish, a Harvard and a  Snowbirds Tutor.

NOTE: It is important that we know in advance how many persons will be attending (email: killamorchard at and that we all arrive at the museum at the same time. To this end, Dave Ricker has suggested that we meet at 11:45 for lunch at the Pilots Pub in Woodside and then proceed to the Shearwater Aviation Museum as a group to arrive at 1:00 pm