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It's only a few weeks ago that we passed 29,000 photos in our online photo library.
Today, our Keeper of Photographs Matthew O'Sullivan advised us that we've just made it past 30,000!

The photo seen here is one of the most recent additions to the online collection. It really pays to keep an eye on our online library, because the updates just start coming and they won't stop coming... 🎵

To Fotoweb ▶ fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/

📸: RNZAF Official, Ref Oh1087-14-97
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Its only a few weeks ago that we passed 29,000 photos in our online photo library.
Today, our Keeper of Photographs Matthew OSullivan advised us that weve just made it past 30,000! 

The photo seen here is one of the most recent additions to the online collection. It really pays to keep an eye on our online library, because the updates just start coming and they wont stop coming... 🎵

To Fotoweb ▶ https://fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/

📸: RNZAF Official, Ref Oh1087-14-97

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Keep up the good work everyone..awesome job that you are doing.

Great work Matthew.

Grand job!

Well done guys, thank you so much for all the work that Matthew and the team do!

Being able to see a record of the day to day events or something more spectacular is both interesting and amusing. I grew up at Whenuapai and also spent a lot of time at Hobsonville so I have a focus on the two locations. Keep up the good work Matthew. It is appreciated.

Thanks to Matthew and the team, your work is so much appreciated!

Matthew is fantastic. Always goes the extra mile.

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Today, on World Left-handers Day, we’re reminded of a colleague who, early in her training, was sent to find a left-handed screwdriver. Any left-handed person reading this might wish that she’d been sent to find something genuinely life-improving, such as a black marker pen that won’t smudge all over your hand, but at least her task was technically achievable - provided she did bring back a screwdriver.

She wouldn’t be the first rookie to go on a wild goose chase. Maybe you too were instructed to collect tartan paint or elbow grease, just to put you through your paces. Tell us about your fool’s errands in the comments!

📸: Air Force Museum of New Zealand

#worldlefthandday #lefties #lefthanded #AirForceMuseumNZ
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Today, on World Left-handers Day, we’re reminded of a colleague who, early in her training, was sent to find a left-handed screwdriver. Any left-handed person reading this might wish that she’d been sent to find something genuinely life-improving, such as a black marker pen that won’t smudge all over your hand, but at least her task was technically achievable - provided she did bring back a screwdriver. 

She wouldn’t be the first rookie to go on a wild goose chase. Maybe you too were instructed to collect tartan paint or elbow grease, just to put you through your paces. Tell us about your fool’s errands in the comments!

📸: Air Force Museum of New Zealand

#worldlefthandday #lefties #lefthanded #AirForceMuseumNZ

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“Go and get a bucket of propwash”

Not a fool’s errand comment, but as a left handed Safety and Surface Worker, it was ages before I was able to get left handed shears for fabric work - people don’t appreciate how awkward it is to use scissors that are back to front. The other big issue was firing the SLR left handed - it was not easy. About the only good thing about changing to the Steyr was that it could be left or right handed.

Being sent away to get a 'long weight' but only ever receiving a string of 'long waits' at each unit I was sent to.

20 litres of prop wash.

Go find me a bucket of ‘Flight Line’ and ‘Rotor Wash’

Accountant's relief roll...

Is camouflage paint in a tin or a spray can?

I was waiting for service at a hardware store many years ago. The sales person offered to help me. I replied this young bloke is before me. The sales person replied, he's okay mate, he's here for a long weight.

Sending someone to order a flux capacitor 🤣

Go check the windshield wipers on a Harvard - didn’t fool me 😂😂😂

Down to repco for a long wait (weight)

I was sent for tartan paint as a young apprentice... wasn't fooled.

10 feet of Fallopian Tubing.

I got sent around the auto electricians looking for a dead short. Later sent a work experience kid to the parts shop to get cans of striped paint, backfired on me as they gave him several cans of paint and told him he would need to mix it himself. Another kid was told to shake a spray can until it stopped rattling. Kept him out of my hair for a good hour.

Sent for A Long Weight, after being shown the machine it would be going on.

Sparks for the grinder. A bottle of compression. A tin of prop wash 20 litres of glider fuel

Oh look James Stillwell talk of left handed screw drivers, they can be added to your 'Blinker Fluid' trick 🤣

Guy at a fab shop I worked at sent a kid in to ask the boss to order a length of fallopian tube.... You could hear the boss laughing from outside 😁

Left handed darts. The altered nose rifling allows correct trajectory.

Meat for the starter Dogs...Bottle of amps for the generator..My apprentice I Sent for long weight came back with a whole lot of wheel balancing weights pk,d together.

A long wait...lol when you know what they are doing and you stay away a long time to take the piss.

How about a 'long weight' an hour later i was informed i had just had it....

M y husband was sent to get a bubble for a spirit level

Prop pitch,

A bucket of camouflage paint...

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Painted pachyderms for World Elephant Day
While elephants don’t immediately sound like part of the RNZAF story, more than a few have featured as aircraft ‘nose art’. The miniature jumbos being applied to this No. 6 (Flying Boat) Squadron RNZAF Catalina indicate that the aircraft had completed its sixth ‘Dumbo’ mission – the code name for air-sea rescue operations. The name was drawn from the popular 1941 Walt Disney animated film about the exploits of Dumbo the flying elephant.

Between 1943 and 1945, No. 6 Squadron RNZAF conducted 26 ‘Dumbo’ missions from a series of bases in the Pacific, rescuing a total of 79 service personnel – certainly something to trumpet about.

📸: RNZAF Official & Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Ref PR3222 & 2008-301_p1
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Painted pachyderms for World Elephant Day
While elephants don’t immediately sound like part of the RNZAF story, more than a few have featured as aircraft  ‘nose art’. The miniature jumbos being applied to this No. 6  (Flying Boat) Squadron RNZAF Catalina indicate that the aircraft had completed its sixth ‘Dumbo’ mission – the code name for air-sea rescue operations. The name was drawn from the popular 1941 Walt Disney animated film about the exploits of Dumbo the flying elephant.

Between 1943 and 1945, No. 6 Squadron RNZAF conducted 26 ‘Dumbo’ missions from a series of bases in the Pacific, rescuing a total of 79 service personnel – certainly something to trumpet about.

📸: RNZAF Official & Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Ref PR3222 & 2008-301_p1
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