Update of Dave Homewood of New Zealand’s trip around the UK under the ‘Wings over Britain’ title, a spinoff from Wings over New Zealand Podcast.
The first four weeks of the five-week Wings Over Britain Tour has been phenomenal. I have managed to do and see so much, and catch up with so many people all around England. I have become fully immersed in the British historic aviation scene, visiting museums and airshows, airfields and memorials. Everyone I have met along the way has been so supportive and helpful too. As well as most of the major museums, I have seen a lot of small ones, some I was not even previously aware of.
The years of planning for this trip has meant the timetable has been rammed with visits all over the place, ably assisted by friends who have joined me along the way, and offered me accommodation in some places to. The only hiccups so far have stemmed from the rail strikes, something I was unaware was happening in the careful planning of the itinerary, and has had a little bit of an impact, meaning a couple of planned places have had to be missed.
It is clear that England is a country with an ingrained love of historic aviation and a real culture for remembering the past, especially WWII. It has been especially pleasing to find reminders of the New Zealanders herein a lot of places who flew and fought for Britain in the two World Wars, as well.
The result of the tour so far is around 20 episode recordings have been made, with a few more yet to be made, all going well, in the coming week. I am yet to visit Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, which will be the last of the big museums for my trip. Three episodes have already been edited and released.
WONZ 276 – Wings Over Britain: Ross Boyens
WONZ 277 – Wings Over Britain: Navy Wings
WONZ 278 – Wings Over Britain: Brooklands Museum
More will follow in the coming weeks including episodes recorded at Biggin Hill, East Kirkby, the International Bomber Command Centre, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Shuttleworth, and more. Dave Homewood