Thu, 16 Aug 2012 6:26p.m.
A Hawker Tempest which hasn't flown since 1946 is in the process of getting its wings again.
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7/04/2013 12:41:47 a.m.
John...That is such a daft and niave comment you have made. I pity the fact you have not experienced what they went through back then as you sit in your comfy armchair now and pass judgement on those who fought for freedom.
24/11/2012 4:30:21 p.m.
Kim Lacey wrote:
Dear old Jack, possibly one of the nicest guys I have ever met, he never seems to change, that beautiful dry wit and always a twinkle in his eye and sense of humour that will never die, you will fly forever you lovely man
7/09/2012 11:20:04 p.m.
They were excellent for strafing civilians for example on river banks at Dresden.
Not sure why anyone would want to glorify it all though.
Churchills 'terror bombing' or whole 'area - bombing' policies are losing favor today.
27/08/2012 8:35:55 p.m.
Can't wait to see this to see this aircraft fly again don't think there is any tempests flying anywhere in the world.
20/08/2012 9:29:39 a.m.
terry wilson wrote:
awesome to see an aircraft of such significance to nz come here i only hope it stays when finished my wife was moved as her late grand father flew for 486 sqn in these aircraft
18/08/2012 10:00:02 p.m.
Paul Davies wrote:
Best of luck with this brilliant venture. We've been waiting for years in the UK for someone to get one of these fabulous fighters up in the air again, in spite of several half-hearted attempts (engine sourcing problems etc, ets. ALL THE BEST
18/08/2012 4:42:54 p.m.
Barry Tod wrote:
That was one of the best interviews I've seen of one of our World War 2 veterans. It was accurate and well edited, you could see how emotional he was remembering the past. Well done Amanda and TV3.
Oh and my only complaint? Too short ha ha.
18/08/2012 4:10:23 a.m.
Robert Arance wrote:
Amazing that we may soon have a Tempest flying again! He was fortunate to survive...the mission of Tempests (and Typhoons) was ground attack. German low altitude flak was vicious. Loss rates were on the order of 30-50%. If anyone is interested in learning more about Tempest ops in WW2, read The Big Show, by Closterman. It has some issues, but for the most part gives you a feeling for what flying this powerful machine was like.
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