BREAKFAST TV STREAMS LIVE FROM BASE AUCKLAND
Breakfast TV was broadcast Live from 5 Squadron Hangar at RNZAF Base Auckland on Friday 22 November.
Sam's first interview with Acting CO 5 SQN SQNLDR Marcus Hogan (above) was on the role of 5 SQN, which took place on the flight line with the P3K-2 Orion in the background. The second interview, featuring FLTLT Blair Walmsley, Air Warfare Officer, and SGT Dean Hart, Avionics Technician, covered the upgrade of the aircraft and the aircraft maintenance required to maintain the fleet.
The final interviews focussed on the building of the 'Pearse' reproduction historical aircraft believed to have been built around 1903. The aircraft is being assembled in 5 SQN hangar in preparation for the initial test flight. Ivan Mudrovcich, 75 years of age and an experienced engineer, is recreating Richard Pearse's historic aircraft. Sam interviewed Ivan alongside the test pilot, Captain Neville Hay (retired) and later spoke to Wayne Johnson the documentary maker of 'Will it fly?' The building of the aircraft began in 2004 and is now almost ready for its first pre-liminary test.
"The aim is to get a powered take-off, which will take place at the base sometime soon, if all goes to plan," said Wayne Johnson.