A Wanaka man is floating the idea of forming a squadron of
Chris Marsden (62) is a company director and ''low-hours''
pilot, who spends half his year in Wanaka and the other half
in Hampshire, England.
One of his passions is vintage military helicopters,
particularly British-made Westland Wasps and Scouts.
His collection of five helicopters includes one that in 1980
flew British Special Air Service troops to the Iranian
embassy to rescue 26 hostages held inside by eight armed
Two years ago he brought two of his helicopters - both around
50 years old - to Wanaka.
He chose the area partly because of the scenery and partly
because of its uncluttered air space.
However, he has not had a great deal of use from the
helicopters since they arrived here and he is now advertising
for ''flying buddies'' with the necessary skills to take them
on fishing and other trips into the mountains.
''I need to get to know the lie of the land, where to fly,
where not to fly and my intention is to do a proper mountain
Mr Marsden has built several of the hangars at the Wanaka
Airport and uses one of them to store the New Zealand part of
''One of my possible aims in the future is to establish a
historic helicopter museum - not a museum that has pieces of
aircraft sitting around but a historic helicopter flight or