The momentous flight with a few RAFFCA Pilot’s on board, going by the term GB-NZ is due to set off this weekend, Saturday the 13th October as a RAF 100 endeavour. Departure will be from the former RAF East Kirkby (Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre). There will be a quick speech at 1030L with the Eurofox Aircraft G-GBNZ next to the Lancaster, with and estimated airborne time of 1130L. All RAFFCA Members and GA supporters are encouraged to attend and witness this great event take place.
The aircraft is an Aeropro Eurofox with modifications. Fuel capacity of 146 litres (1200 nm range, 15 hour endurance), coarse ground adjustable prop, reflexed flapperons, carbon fibre (vice GRP) cowlings and an IFR instrument fit (uncertified). The colour scheme is a high vis patriotic red, white and blue similar to the historic Royal Aircraft Establishment scheme but with no RAF markings. Registration is G-GBNZ. The aircraft was completed from a kit in Feb 18, test flown in May 18 and received a Permit to fly in Jun 18.
The RAF 100 Great Britain to New Zealand expedition aims to visit a large number of significant former Royal Air Force locations on a 17 000 mile route following the path paved by the aeronautical trail blazers of the 1920s and 30s.
The 17 000 miles will be flown at 100 mph, powered by 100 hp, celebrating 100 years and visiting 27 locations, all bar 2 of which have significant RAF history.
Wg Cdr Chris Pote of Boscombe Flying Club, The expedition leader, will fly the whole route GB-NZ. Wg Cdr Pote will be accompanied at different sections along the way by other team members:
Wg Cdr Kev Gatland, Tornado navigator and member of Pathfinder Flying Club,
Sqn Ldr Emma Landy Sea King pilot, deputy RAFLO Scotland,
Rachel Nugent Met Office meteorologist,
Off Cdt Abby McGill Yorkshire University Air Squadron.
The expedition will strive to inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through engagement with schools and youth organisations en route in addition to the UK and New Zealand. We’ve already presented a lecture about science, engineering and aviation to 250 pupils at Kinross High School and presented to 10 Air Training Corps squadrons; much more to follow. We will also be commemorating our forebears at significant points en route; two of the less frequently visited locations will be the final resting places of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse off Malaysia and the attack on Broome, Australia in 1942. We are also formally engaging with the air forces of, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, remembering our combined past and fostering a shared future.
Route – Lincolnshire – France – Italy – Malta – Cyprus – Egypt – Bahrain – Oman – India –
Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore – Christmas Island – Australia – New Zealand.
You can find more information and how to follow the aircraft at http://gb-nz.com