Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Scholarship Winner Michael Williams Flies P-40 Kittyhawk

Scholarship Winner Michael Williams Flies P-40 Kittyhawk


Warbirds Over Wanaka Flying Scholarship winner Michael Williams is struggling to come back down to earth after having the opportunity to fly a classic ‘heavy metal’ WWII fighter.

Michael, already an experienced pilot who flies in the RNZAF, has used his scholarship to get type rating training in the P-40 Kittyhawk based at Ardmore. His instructor was New Zealand Warbirds Association President and one of New Zealand’s foremost Warbird display pilots, Frank Parker.

Michael best describes the experience in his own words: “Engaging the starter for the first time surprised me with what felt like a truck crashing into the front of the aircraft. Then a short whine of the starter before an explosion of noise, vibration, smoke, fumes and heat. Just wow!”

“The first take off. With the canopy open, the same sensations from the start up, but 100 times more. “After shut-down sitting there in the Auckland summer heat, with the smell of hot metal and oil, the whirring sound of the instruments winding down and hot exhausts tinkling, trying to believe that what had just happened, had actually happened” says Michael.

Frank Parker has congratulated Warbirds Over Wanaka on its scholarship initiative.

“Giving a helping hand to talented and passionate pilots like Michael can only be good for the future of the Warbirds movement and Warbirds airshows in New Zealand. Michael can now say he’s been checked out in the P-40,” says Frank.

Both Frank and Michael will be performing at next Easter’s 30th Anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

Frank will display the P-40 and will also assume his role as lead pilot in the Roaring 40s display team. Michael will be displaying the Royal New Zealand Air Force Historic Flight Harvard as part of the Marsh Harvard Mass Formation display.

The Warbirds Over Wanaka Flying Scholarships were launched in late 2016 with the aim of providing assistance for young pilots to get experience flying Warbird aircraft. To date four scholarships worth $5,000 each have been awarded. Applications for the 2018 scholarships are expected to open midway through next year.


Information about the airshow is available at www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com along with ticketing choices


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Sally Potter's The Party

Sally Potter remains one of Britain’s most determined independent film-makers, deliberately resisting the lure of mainstream attention in order to work entirely on her own terms. The Party is an undeniably engaging and droll divertissement from an independent filmmaker who has mastered her art without ever compromising it. More>>


Winter Games: NZ's Second Ever Winter Olympic Medal

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson congratulates snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Big Air at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea today. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Preview: Terry Gilliam's Subversive Brazil

Full kudos to the Embassy Theatre for stepping up to the plate and hosting the Wellington Film Society, after the owners of the Paramount committed an unpardonable act of cultural vandalism when it shuttered the country's oldest movie theatre last year. The Film Society is opening their 2018 season with Terry Gilliam's brilliantly subversive Brazil on Monday, 26 February. More>>


Howard Davis Preview: Ria Hall Performs 'Rules of Engagement' at The NZ Festival

Concerned with the perennial themes of conflict and resistance, Rules of Engagement took five years for Ria Hall to complete. See her perform live with vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse trio The Nudge on Saturday, 24 February, at the Festival Club, 17 Cable St., Wellington, and Sunday, 25 February, at Maoriland Hub, 68 Main St, Otaki. More>>

Review: Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Tour

The audience – already in a good humoured state of excitement after kareokeing along to the “Robbie Williams National Anthem" (a typical mix of bombast and self deprecatory nonsense) – were up and dancing to Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment tour... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland