Radar’s chequered past

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Amazing day

Today was an amazing day. We had “Radar” and his colleagues here at home.

For those who don’t know, Radar works for TV One here in New Zealand and does all sorts of funny and fascinating documentaries.

This season he is doing a series of historical episodes, and one involves a Bleriot that flew in Auckland in 1914.
So one day last year I got an email from his boss, a TV productions man in Auckland đŸ™‚Â He asked if they could use my Bleriot for some filming. The pressure went on, and last weekend I installed the engine, ready, well visually ready for the recordings.

It was such a nice day, nice people, and all went so well !!!

Here are some photos, and special thanks to Radar, Ruth and Peter the 4 camera people and the 5 actors. Well done !!!

Oh yes I was dressed as well, as a newspaper reporter. Can you spot me ?

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A day we won’t forget, really great !!!!

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TV episode by TeRadar

After two years, the recordings were finally shown on TV here:

This evening marks one hundred years since curious spectators in Auckland craned their necks to witness one of the first flights in New Zealand made by a Government owned aircraft.  Joseph Joel Hammond of the Royal Flying Corps was at the controls of the ‘Britannia’ and in the passenger seat, perhaps the most sought after seat in the country, was Miss Esmee McLennan, an actress.  This was the day when Auckland had its own ‘Come Josephine in my Flying Machine’ moment, only her name was Esmee, not Josephine, and the pilot was about to get into a whole heap of trouble over it.