Episode 123 – The Air Force Museum of New Zealand – Part One

Host: Dave Homewood
Guests: Michelle Sim (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Communications Officer), and
Nathan ‘Barf’ Bosher (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Safety and Surface Technician, in the Restoration Workshops)
Recorded: 28th of October 2016
Duration: 1 hour 41 minutes 29 seconds

Quick Links:
•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand Website

•  The Air Force Museum of New Zealand Facebook Page

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force Website

•  The Royal New Zealand Air Force Facebook Page

•  Defence Careers

•  The Wings Over New Zealand Film (1941) as mentioned

Address: 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Wigram Park 8042, Christchurch, New Zealand
Email: info@airforcemuseum.co.nz
Phone: 03-343-9532

Air Force Museum

Michelle Sim, Communications officer. Photo credit: Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Nathan ‘Barf’ Bosher, the Museum’s Safety and Surface Technician.  Photo credit: Air Force Museum of New Zealand

All other photos below copyright Dave Homewood 2016

Nathan ‘Barf’ Bosher, the Museum’s Safety and Surface Technician
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The Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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The Atrium – with Michelle Sim
Including the main entrance, the replica Bleriot XI “Britannia”, the de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth and the de Havilland Vampire FB.5 hanging up, the new cafe and the life sized cut outs of influential or interesting people from RNZAF history

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The life sized cut outs


The Horizon To Horizon Galleries – with Michelle Sim

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World War One Display Case
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Fighter Command
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Boy In A Bomber
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The featured “Ripping Yarns” Personal Stories as detailed by Michelle in this episode
Other artifacts in the Galleries
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Flight Lieutenant Henry Fanshawe
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The Scaled C-130H Hercules Cabin Movie Theatre

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The Vampire Jet Cockpit

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The Air New Zealand Aircraft Hall

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The Captured Exhibition

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The Canterbury Stories WWI Exhibition
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The Caldwell Gallery

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The Storage Hangar And Restoration Hangar
Aircraft that will eventually be on display in the new building

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The New Building
The Airspeed Oxford

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The Aermacchi MB339 Macchi
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The NZAI CT/4B Airtrainer
The Alpha Helmet
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The Function Space Which Will Eventually Be Display Space, plus the Building Sponsors

The Mosquito Simulator


Children’s Birthday Party Activities


Note: The music in this episode is “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

5 comments to Episode 123 – The Air Force Museum of New Zealand – Part One

  • Your museum looks great! I visited Wigram in 1980 when it was still a RNZAF base. You have some terrific additions.


  • Trevor Platt

    Hi Dave , did a lot of work for the Museum just before it opened , was at 4TTS and had a 6 weeks break before teaching my next course , so was asked if I could help with the artwork at the Museum .Had a lot of fun setting up the displays and working long hours in getting it ready for the opening and remember a great team that wanted it to look fantastic .
    Later I was asked to do a painting for Sqn leader Barry on his retirement of the main entry .

    • Dave Homewood

      Great stuff Trevor. I still fondly remember the wonderful artworks that you were producing in 1993 before the end of Flying Training Wing at Wigram too, to document all the operational and engineering sections that were soon to close down, when you became the base artist. And of course the artworks that you were presenting to each of the last members of Tech Squadron as we were posted away. I still have mine, of a sparrow on a wire, and treasure it.

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