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Yesterday we welcomed a second ex-RNZAF Bell 47-G Sioux helicopter to our collection! Ordinarily, we would avoid duplication in our collection, but when the opportunity arose to acquire NZ3706 as a second example, we felt that it would give our visitors the chance to see one of these iconic helicopters at close quarters once again!

Sioux NZ3705 has been part of our collection since 2013 and was suspended from the ceiling of the Thérèse Angelo Wing earlier this year, allowing visitors the opportunity to view the structure, systems, and engine from underneath. While being able to view the aircraft from this unique perspective has been popular with visitors, we are aware that there are some who miss being able to peer into the Sioux’s trademark bubble canopy. ’06 will require some minor re-assembly and preparation for exhibition following its road trip south from RNZAF Ohakea, but you can expect to see the aircraft in one of our gallery spaces soon.

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Yesterday we welcomed a second ex-RNZAF Bell 47-G Sioux helicopter to our collection! Ordinarily, we would avoid duplication in our collection, but when the opportunity arose to acquire NZ3706 as a second example, we felt that it would give our visitors the chance to see one of these iconic helicopters at close quarters once again!

Sioux NZ3705 has been part of our collection since 2013 and was suspended from the ceiling of the Thérèse Angelo Wing earlier this year, allowing visitors the opportunity to view the structure, systems, and engine from underneath. While being able to view the aircraft from this unique perspective has been popular with visitors, we are aware that there are some who miss being able to peer into the Sioux’s trademark bubble canopy. ’06 will require some minor re-assembly and preparation for exhibition following its road trip south from RNZAF Ohakea, but you can expect to see the aircraft in one of our gallery spaces soon.

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Finished my time in the RNZAF in 2004 on Sioux Flight, great place to work and a neat chopper to fly in! Like flying on a park bench!

She's a beauty! 🚁

Richard Bergquist

There was talk a while back of a Sioux joining the Historic Flight - was this the machine that would have been?

Ben, how many hours did you do in her?

Simon Wright ...Curly would get all excited about pics like this.

I worked on that beast..long ago.

Not original wheel assemblies for B 47. My memory cells recall that assembly viewed were used to move UH 1 helicopters.

I was part of Light Aircraft Flight that maintained B47 and Auster aircraft. Eddie Simms as our Flight Sgt. NZ 3704 was my allocated aircraft along with Ted Thompson. Was involved with first B47 Check 5 servicing completed. Other Flight members at time (1968 1969) were Eddie Simms a/f trade, Ian Pilkington eng trade, Mac McIvor a/f, Joe Wipani a/f, Gene Kilburn engs, Dave Shepherd engs, Ted Thompson engs, Al Cunningham engs, Joe Clow engs, Eric (Tiny) Howard engs, Keith (Bones) Sandford a/f,

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Not all of our photos are of aircraft! 😉

Seen here is a line up of cars with their drivers on the tarmac at RNZAF Base Wigram before the Royal visit to New Zealand.

The cars are: Holden Special, Ford Falcon, Ford Zephyr.
Number plates: EU6641, GZ5316, FH9686, EU6453.

Discover more photos like this one ▶️ buff.ly/33klpLh

📷: RNZAF Official, Ref WgG2638-74
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Not all of our photos are of aircraft! 😉 

Seen here is a line up of cars with their drivers on the tarmac at RNZAF Base Wigram before the Royal visit to New Zealand.

The cars are: Holden Special, Ford Falcon, Ford Zephyr.
Number plates: EU6641, GZ5316, FH9686, EU6453.

Discover more photos like this one ▶️ https://buff.ly/33klpLh

📷: RNZAF Official, Ref WgG2638-74

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God no not a Zephyr 4 no wonder it’s hiding 😀, otherwise a great lineup, very interesting the spread of models/vintage

That middle car at the rear doesn't look like a Zephyr. From this angle, I think that grille signifies this as a Mark 3 'Consul' - the four cylinder version.

Bloody photographer getting in the way.. :D

MK3 Zephyr at the back. The 2 Holden's on the inside are HT"s The outside are HD?

Quite the backdrop! 😍

Seen here is an image from the Rex Stace personal collection.
A large group of No. 5 Servicing Unit personnel in front of a Corsair in Emirau.

Discover more photos like this one ▶ fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/

📸: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Ref 2018-158.19
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Quite the backdrop! 😍

Seen here is an image from the Rex Stace personal collection.
A large group of No. 5 Servicing Unit personnel in front of a Corsair in Emirau.

Discover more photos like this one ▶ https://fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/

📸: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Ref 2018-158.19

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Love it!

Great pic

Nice, my Dad served in Emirau with 5SU, would love a high res copy if this pic! I gave a bunch of photos he took there as well, and I still gave his F4U Corsair tool roll full of specialised tools 👌😎

We have a similar photo, similar location with my wife's father in it.

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