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RNZAF's grand old lady goes on show

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017

A vintage plane dubbed "the grand old lady" of the RNZAF is about to go on public display after being restored to its original glory.

When North American Harvard NZ1015 takes part in the 2017 Air Tattoo at Ohakea at the weekend, it will sport the same wartime camouflage as when it was rolled out of the factory in 1942.

The restoration of the American-designed two-seat monoplane was led by Flight Lieutenant Stuart Anderson and carried out by RNZAF personnel and civilian contractors at Ohakea.

Flt Lt Anderson says it has been a challenging but highly rewarding process.

"It took three-and-a-half years to take the aircraft apart and make sure it met the civilian specifications," he said.

"The decision to go with the camouflage scheme is significant in that it was important for us to pay homage to the wartime history of the aircraft."

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