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Time capsule helps
with school celebrations
Bulls kids get
By LAURA WALTERS
Endeering aircraft: Ferry pilot Guy Stevesen flies Brendon Deere and his Grumman Avenger over Manawatu in the trip from Toowoomba, Australia, to Ohakea. Inset: Marton businessman and aircraft
enthusiast Brendon Deere has added a Grumman Avenger to his collection of World War II planes.
Photos: LAURA WALTERS AND NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE
After nine months of preparation,
and a nine hour flight from Aust-
ralia, Brendon Deere's World War II
Grumman Avenger is at Ohakea.
The Marton businessman and air-
craft enthusiast had always been
interested in the war bomber, and
appreciated its special connection to
Ohakea Air Base.
''I've always been interested in
this type of aircraft,'' he said.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force
operated 48 of the aircrafts.
The Avengers were also used to
do the first aerial top dressing trials
at the air base in 1948.
''It's quite an important aircraft to
Although the new aircraft did not
serve in the RNZAF it will be
painted its colours.
There are four Avengers in New
Zealand, in varied states of repair,
including one in the Christchurch
Air Force Museum. However, none
of them flew, until now.
Mr Deere would not disclose how
much the aircraft had cost his com-
pany, ITL Aviation. ''It's not about
the money,'' he said.
The flight was nine and a half
hours, with stop overs at Lord Howe
Island, Norfolk Island, and
Kerikeri. It touched down at Oha-
kea on Friday afternoon.
The plane was flown by ferry pilot
Guy Stevensen, and Mr Deere rode
in the back as support crew. The
five tonne plane flew at 10,000ft
most of the way.
''It was a great flight,'' he said.
It would not have been practical
to ship the 4.5m high Avenger with
its 54ft wingspan, so it was fortu-
nate it could be flown, he said.
The plane was also fitted with a
tracker, and people could follow the
aircraft's progress online.
''People all over the world were
watching it. The interest . . . was
The Avenger was parked in Mr
Deere's private hangar at Ohakea
with his other planes, a World War
II Supermarine Spitfire PV270 and
Mr Deere restored the Spitfire
over five and a half years and it has
flown in air shows and ANZAC Day
commemorations for the past three
The aircraft fanatic also wrote the
book Spitfire -- Return to Flight,
about the restoration project and
the history of the Spitfire. He has
always had an interest in flying,
and a connection to war planes.
His uncle, Alan Deere, was a Spit-
fire pilot in the Battle of Britain in
World War II.
The family connection continues
with Mr Deere's son, Joe, who was
an engineer at Ohakea. His other
children supported his endeavours,
but were not as involved.
Mr Deere said he was preserving
the planes so they could be appreci-
ated, and passed down his family.
''Hopefully they'll be around long
after I've kicked the bucket. It's
about long-term preservation.''
But the aim of preservation
meant no joy rides in the rare
planes. ''We save them for signifi-
cant occasions . . . they are very
One such occasion is the
upcoming New Zealand Air Force
75th Anniversary celebration this
month, where the three planes will
feature in the display.
They will also be on display to the
public during an open day on
Sunday, March 25 from 10am to
He is making room for two more
planes, but is keeping quiet about
what he has his eye on.
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