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The Wings Over New Zealand Show is all about New Zealand's aviation scene, past and present and the people involved - from the current RNZAF and Air Force veterans, to airshows and warbirds, to airlines, agricultural aviation, recreational flying, history and much more.

The Wings Over New Zealand Show Dave Homewood

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The Wings Over New Zealand Show is all about New Zealand's aviation scene, past and present and the people involved - from the current RNZAF and Air Force veterans, to airshows and warbirds, to airlines, agricultural aviation, recreational flying, history and much more.

    WONZ 244 – Jim Sheddan

    WONZ 244 – Jim Sheddan

    Guest: Cornelius James “Jim” Sheddan DFC, NZ412358 (3 March 1918-9 December 2010)

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 19th of January 2010

    Released:  17th of September 2021

    Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 11 seconds

    In this episode Dave Homewood spoke with the RNZAF fighter ace Jim Sheddan in 2010. Jim was originally posted to No. 485 (NZ) Squadron on Spitfires but his time there was brief, and he ended up ferrying aircraft in all weathers, before being posted to No. 486 (NZ) Squadron on Typhoons, where he really found his feet. He talks about ditching into the English Channel in his Typhoon, and being rescued: crashing into a grove of trees; bailing out of another aircraft; shooting up trains, losing mates, air to air combat, shooting down V1 flying bombs in his Tempest, and a lot more. Jim was a real character. He rose to become the Commanding Officer of No. 486 (NZ) Squadron by the war’s end. He passed away in December 2010.

    Here is a video version of this episode:

    Image from the CJ Sheddan log book. Squadron Leader CJ Sheddan, Commanding Officer of No. 486 Squadron, sitting in the cockpit of his “personal aircraft”, Tempest SA-M. Unknown location in Europe. Aircraft fuselage markings are 5 1/2 swastika kill marks and a Squadron Leader’s Pennant with “486” added. Part of Tempest EJ672 SA-L visible behind. Air Force Museum of New Zealand ALB198236513001

    Squadron Leader Jim Sheddan DFC

    Jim Sheddan, fourth from left, while he was briefly posted to No. 485 (NZ) Squadron on Spitfires. The tallest pilot on the extreme left is Les “Chalky” White, who Jim refers to in the interview, during the Tiger Moth incident. Air Force Museum of New Zealand ALB198236513035

    Jim’s painting depicting his successful ditching in his Hawker Typhoon.

    Jim Sheddan, centre, and his two No. 486 Squadron mates Flight Lieutenant CJ McDonald, left, and Flight Lieutenant Ian ‘Tubby’ Ross pose on the wing of Jim’s Hawker Tempest SA-M. Air Force Museum of New Zealand ALB198236513003

    NB: The music at the end of this episode is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

    • 1 hr 9 min
    WONZ 243 – Syd Vincent

    WONZ 243 – Syd Vincent

    Guest: Sydney Arthur Vincent (1924-2011)

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 1st of December 2009

    Released:  3rd of September 2021

    Duration:  38 minutes 58 seconds

    In this episode Dave Homewood has dipped into the archive and pulled out one of his early interviews, with the late Syd Vincent. At the time Syd was the President of the Fleet Air Arm Association of New Zealand, having served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm during WWII as a Telegrapher Air Gunner. He trained on Swordfish and then went onto fly operationally as the TAG in a Grumman Avenger crew, operating from Ceylon in the British Eastern Fleet, and then aboard the fleet carrier HMS Victorious with the British Pacific Fleet.

    After the war Syd moved to New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force, spending 20 years as an Air Signaller. During that time he was involved in a Bristol Freighter accident at Mauripur, Pakistan, and he details this incident. He later served a further six years with the Royal Air Force.

    Being one of Dave’s early interviews he was inexperienced at the time and now wishes he’d asked a lot more, however as you will hear the interview was cut short by a phone call that ended the session anyway. However hearing Syd’s memories of serving in the Avengers and the Freighter are priceless regardless.

    Syd Vincent next to the mural depicting his Royal Navy FAA Grumman Avenger attacking a Japanese-held oil refinery which used to be on the wall at the Museum of Transport and Technology (Dave Homewood photo)

    Syd Vincent during WWII in his flying kit. (Syd Vincent Collection)

    An Avenger about to touch down on a carrier (Syd Vincent Collection)

    Avenger (Syd Vincent Collection)

    The results, a smoking oil refinery (Syd Vincent Collection)

    Syd, left, with his crew (Syd Vincent Collection)

    A telegram after the Freighter accident (Syd Vincent Collection)

    The following photos show the No. 41 Squadron Bristol Freighter NZ5901 after crash landing at Mauripur, Pakistan. Personnel on board were; Flying Officer JB Randle (Captain), Flying Officer DM Lyng (Navigator), Sergeant SA Vincent (Signaller), Sergeant JG Lockwood (Engineer). This aircraft was rebuilt and flown again until it crashed and was written off in 1956. The photos are Air Force Museum of New Zealand Official shots.

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    • 38 min
    WONZ 242 – John Lamont

    WONZ 242 – John Lamont

    Guest: John Lamont

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 14th of July 2021

    Released:  20th of August 2021

    Duration:  1 hour 23 minutes 57 seconds

    In this episode Dave Homewood caught up with well known and respected airshow pilot John Lamont, while they were both visiting Ardmore Airport. As a child, John lived next to the Omaka Aerodrome and he caught the aviation bug from a young age. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1963, and trained on Harvards and Devons, and became an instructor at Pilot Training Squadron for two and a half years. He was then posted to No. 3 Squadron RNZAF, flying the Bell 47 Sioux first, and then later onto the Bell UH-1H Iroquois.

    Posted to Singapore in the early 1970’s, he then served with No. 41 Squadron there on Iroquois. And then when he came home from that posting he returned to Wigram at the Central Flying School. He decided to leave the RNZAF and joined Air New Zealand, flying the Friendship, the DC-8, the 737, the 767, the 747-200 and the 747-400. After he left the airline aged 60, he flew helicopters commercially at Wanaka for a while.

    John also got involved with NZ Warbirds in the early 1980’s, and was one of the original members of The Roaring Forties Harvard aerobatic team. In the early 1990’s he got the opportunity to fly WWII fighters with the Alpine Fighter Collection, and he later flew with the Old Flying Machine Company.

    John Lamont at Ardmore Airport, July 2021. (Dave Homewood Photo)

    John taking off in the Supermarine Spitfire XVIe ZK-XVI at Classic Fighters Airshow 2017. (Dave Homewood Photo)

    John in the Spitfire XIVe, leading the Spitfire IX and Spitfire Tr.9 at Classic Fighters 2017. (Dave Homewood Photo)

    • 1 hr 23 min
    WONZ 241 – Long Haul: Flying Boats to 747s

    WONZ 241 – Long Haul: Flying Boats to 747s

    Guests: Captain Neville Hay and Peter Allen

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 13th of July 2021

    Released: 6th of August 2021

    Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes 35 seconds

    In this episode Dave Homewood interviews former TEAL and Air New Zealand aircrew members Captain Neville Hay and Peter Allen, inside the Boeing 747-200 simulator that is housed at MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology.

    Nev Hay started with TEAL as an apprentice in 1957, and following his engineering training he was offered the position as a Flight Engineer. Peter followed the same route two years later. Both worked on RNZAF Short Sunderlands and TEAL Solents at Mechanics Bay as apprentices, and when they became Flight Engineers they flew on the Lockheed Electra, the Douglas DC-8, the Douglas DC-10, and the Boeing 747-200 fleets, and Nev continued onto the Boeing 747-400.

    Whilst Pete had continued through his career as a Flight Engineer on the Electra, the DC-8, the DC-10 and the 747-200 and then moved into a management role, Nev chose to retrain to become a pilot, and he flew the DC-8, DC-10, and both 747 variants.

    Both men ended up later in their careers as the top men in their trades, Peter as Air New Zealand’s Chief Flight Engineer, and actually was the last Flight Engineer the airline had. Nev was Chief Pilot on the Boeing 747-400.

    Both men tell some amazing and fascinating tales and memories of flying, such as the approach into Hong Kong’s famous Kai Tak airport, Peter witnessing the re-entry of the Apollo 8 crew, flying an Air New Zealand 747 into Wellington Airport, and Nev flying HM Queen Elizabeth in 1995 on her first ever commercial flight. Nev also talks about building and flying his tiny twin-engined Cricri homebuild that he used to own.

    They also tell loads of great technical information about the various airliners they had operated over the years. They also talk about what went into selecting, delivering and bringing into service new aircraft fleets, particularly the Boeing 747-200 which Peter was involved with, and the Boeing 747-400, which Nev was involved with.

    Quick Links:

    • Air New Zealand

    • Air New Zealand History

    • Museum of Transport and Technology

    Huge thanks to Steve Subritzky and the staff at MOTAT’s Aviation Division for their assistance

    NB: The music at the end of this episode is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

    Above: Flight Engineer Peter Allen and Flight Engineer and Captain Neville Hay (Photo: Dave Homewood)

    Captain Neville Hay in the captain’s seat (Photo: Dave Homewood)

    Peter Allen in the 747-200’s Flight Engineer’s panel.

    MOTAT’s Boeing 747-200 Flight Simulator, in which this episode was recorded.

    • 2 hrs 32 min
    WONZ 240 – The Piako Gliding Club

    WONZ 240 – The Piako Gliding Club

    Guest: Aidan Cartwright, Gareth Cartwright, Scott Montagu, Derek Shipley and Ian ‘Iggy’ Wood.

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 10th and 24th of July 2021

    Released: 24th of July 2021

    Duration:  1 hour 9 minutes 48 seconds

    In this episode Dave Homewood spent a couple of days, two weeks apart, at Waharoa Aerodrome, Matamata, with members of the Piako Gliding Club. Interviewed are 14-year-old glider pilot Aidan Cartwright, his father Gareth Cartwright who is also a keen pilot, the club’s Chief Tow Pilot Scott Montagu, gliding instructor Derek Shipley, and club president Iggy Wood.

    Quick Links:

    • The Piako Gliding Club

    • Gliding NZ

    • Matamata Aerodrome (Waharoa)

    •  See lots more photos from the recording days on Facebook, here

    The Piako Gliding Club’s president Iggy Wood, next to one of the club’s Puchacz gliders. Puchacz is Polish for Owl. (Dave Homewood photo)

    Left to right: Gareth Cartwright, Aidan Cartwright and Derek Shipley. (Dave Homewood photo)

    Chief tow pilot Scott Montagu with the Piako Gliding Club’s Piper Pawnee tow plane. (Dave Homewood photo)

    NB: The music at the end of this episode is Daedalus by Kai Engel

    • 1 hr 9 min
    WONZ 239 – Pioneer Update

    WONZ 239 – Pioneer Update

    Guest: Paul McSweeny of Pioneer Aero Ltd.

    Host: Dave Homewood

    Recorded: 12th of July 2021

    Released: 18th of July 2021

    Duration:  16 minutes 32 seconds

    In this special mini-episode Dave Homewood does a walk-around the hangar with Paul McSweeny of Pioneer Aero Ltd., to give an update on all the projects currently happening and one one its way. The team are finishing up the P-40E for an Italian client, which will fly again post-restoration very shortly. They are working on the rebuild to flight of the ex-RNZAF P-40N-1, NZ3147, which will stay based at Ardmore with owner Brett Nicholls. They are also working on the wings of the John Saunders P-40E, having built the fuselage for that project which is already down at Omaka. And they are starting another P-40E for a Netherlands-based syndicate. Also on the water right now as this is published is the fuselage and centre section of Jerry Yagen’s Douglas SBD Dauntless, which will be restored to fly by Pioneer.

    Quick Links:

    • Pioneer Aero Ltd.’s Website

    • Pioneer Aero Ltd.’s Facebook Page

    The Video


    NB: The music at the end of this episode is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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Jonsey from Oz ,

Excellent podcast.

Dave Homewood is to commended for producing a great episode every time, Listening to the history and stories from ex defence members across New Zealand and some of Australia is enjoyable.

Keep up the good work !

GhostFlyerOz ,

Great podcast!

Dave Homewood does a fantastic job with this podcast - great interviews covering a wide range of military warbird aviation with a distinctly New Zealand (and Aussie) flavour. Anyone with an interest in WWII aviation from the “Down Under” perspective will thoroughly enjoy hearing Dave’s fascinating conversations with war veterans, warbird pilots, tours through aviation museums and so much more. If you have the time, head back through the back episodes from #33 to listen to the series of interviews with Noel Kruse ... you won’t be disappointed!

OldCmp ,


I always enjoy listening to Dave's interviews with people associated with aviation, particularly military themes. Dave's natural interviewing style brings out great stories from his subjects, he's happy to let them run rather than cut them short to fit a timeslot which is a great advantage. The breadth of subject matter is breathtaking and I am particularly enjoying the Wings Over Australia stories. These are true stories told by those who were there.
It's a must for anyone interested in vintage aviation.

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