The world's only World War 2 Avro Anson still flying will
appear at the 2014 Warbirds Over Wanaka International
Airshow. Photo supplied.
The world's only remaining airworthy Avro Anson from
World War 2 has been confirmed for the Warbirds Over Wanaka
International Airshow next April.
The twin-engined aircraft was a popular coastal
reconnaissance bomber, performing anti-submarine, convoy
protection and crew training duties.
About 11,000 were produced between 1935 and 1952 and it may
have been one of the first aircraft flown in combat by a New
Zealander in World War 2.
Nelson owners Bill and Robyn Reid were delighted the Avro
MH-120 aircraft would be flying at Wanaka in the 2014
airshow, after a restoration spanning more than a decade.
''It has basically been about 10 years but it seems to be
ongoing. It's been a quarter of my working life,'' Mr Reid
He hopes to co-pilot the aircraft at Wanaka for highly
experienced display pilot, Dave Phillips.
Mr Reid flew helicopters in the early venison recovery days
and with Mrs Reid, built up a successful helicopter business.
They had hoped to have the machine ready for the 2012
Warbirds Over Wanaka event but narrowly missed completing all
the paperwork required for it to fly.
The Avro MH-120 operated post-war in Australia as a passenger
and freight hauler, and also appeared in a film about an air
race, called Half a World Away.
''Once in New Zealand, it was restored to its former military
configuration from nearly 70 years ago,'' Warbirds Over
Wanaka event manager Mandy Deans said.
The turret and military equipment has been reinstalled and
the aircraft has been painted to represent 206 Squadron of
the Royal Air Force.
The airshow takes place on April 18, 19, and 20 at Wanaka