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by rod mountford
Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:13 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Ballalae Aircraft Recoveries
Replies: 0
Views: 3405

Ballalae Aircraft Recoveries

Hi does anyone know what happened to the planes recovered by Craig Tuner & Greg Spooner in November 2007? There was a number of Zero centre sections, a Val,Oscar tail section, Betty section and a number of other parts. Did they make it to Australia or the UK? Cheers Rod
by rod mountford
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: CAC Wirraway Preservation & Research
Replies: 0
Views: 2610

CAC Wirraway Preservation & Research

I am helping with the preservation of the fuelage frame of a CAC Wirraway at the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown Sydney. Am trying to research its history but only have a small tag on the frame which reads serial 09 311 part number 03 31150! It is the frame only and I am hoping to acquire so...
by rod mountford
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: David new member research japanese instruments
Replies: 4
Views: 4693

Re: Japanese Instruments

Hi am also collecting Jap instruments for a Zero but as they are expensive is taking a while. I only have a wood panel at this stage but will do. Have the compass and am on the look out for the other gauges. Have a complete P51 and a blind panel for a Spity. Anyone who wants to share info or stuff l...
by rod mountford
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: FOUND JAPANESE ZERO INSTURMENT (GAGE)
Replies: 2
Views: 3984

Re: FOUND JAPANESE ZERO INSTURMENT (GAGE)

Hi did u find out where it is from? Try this website http://www.gunsight.jp/b/ cheers Rod
by rod mountford
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446
Topic: Replica and museum to replace Swamp Ghost
Replies: 4
Views: 6388

Re: Replica and museum to replace Swamp Ghost

Hi building a replica and a museum lol is rubbish, is long gone now and the locals will get diddley squat as always.
by rod mountford
Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446
Topic: She's in New Zealand
Replies: 2
Views: 5282

Re: She's in New Zealand

Hi well she should be in the States by now and hopefully will get the attention she deserves and restored to high standard. I hope there is no intention to fly her again as one crash is enough lol.
by rod mountford
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Member Profiles
Topic: hello from France david instruments and gauges collector
Replies: 2
Views: 2134

Re: hello from France david instruments and gauges collector

Hi Bonjour! I am also a collector of aircraft instruments, some Japanese not many as yet just started a few yrs back and US & RAF as well. Here is a great Jap instrument site if you dont already have it. http://www.gunsight.jp/b/
Cheers Rod Sydney Australia
by rod mountford
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: QANTAS Catalina on the way
Replies: 12
Views: 8258

Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Hi the Cat has arrived and I saw it recently out at Bankstown. It is owned by the following organisation. http://www.catalinaflying.org.au/restoration.htm Cheers Rod
by rod mountford
Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:19 am
Forum: Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446
Topic: Swamp Ghost News 09/10/08
Replies: 2
Views: 5963

Re: Swamp Ghost to leave PNG?

Hi according to a recent magazine article The Swamp Ghost could well be on it's way to the US. The Director of the National Museum announced this back in September, I wonder if it is on it's way? I remember hearing of it's discovery in the 1970's as a kid and how well preserved it was then. One can ...
by rod mountford
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Pilot found hanging in tree on the Kokoda track PNG
Replies: 4
Views: 3874

Pilot found hanging in tree on the Kokoda track PNG

Hi all came accross this news report today about a supposed WWII pilot still hanging in a tree on the Kokoda Track in PNG. I doubt is from WWII but lets see what they find. Cheers Rod


http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008 ... 348489.htm
by rod mountford
Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Classic wings article -Shortland Island recovery-
Replies: 1
Views: 2232

Re: Classic wings article -Shortland Island recovery-

Hi according to the article the wrecks recovered are the remains of two "Pete" floatplanes. There are no examples currently in any museum or in any state of preservation/restoration. If an example can be restored this will ensure that at least one example has been preserved, surely a worthwhile exce...
by rod mountford
Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:17 am
Forum: Books, Video & Other Media
Topic: ABC Australia show on wartime Aust PM Curtain
Replies: 1
Views: 2682

Curtain Informed of war before Pearl Harbour

What a great show, research by Bob Wurth has uncovered Curtains relationship with the Japanese ambassador to Australia and how he tipped the PM off a week before Pearl Harbour. Curtain's standing up to Churchill must go down as one of those great moments in Australian's wartime history. For people l...
by rod mountford
Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:00 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Boomerang restorations
Replies: 4
Views: 5637

Boomer parts

Hi try Temora Avaiation Musem as they have one and will know of other restorations, Cheers Rod
by rod mountford
Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:54 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: What happened to the "Ballale Val'?
Replies: 1
Views: 3085

Val

Hi if it is the Val that had its tail in the air and only recently fell back down then this is still there (but not in the same place). Hope the recent tsumai did no damage to the low lying island too. Cheers Rod