Phil's Overseas Travels II

September 27th - October 21, 2001

After travelling to Europe in 1997 (as recorded on my Eurotour page), I thought it would be some years before I again had the opportunity to take in the sights and sensations of aviation outside New Zealand shores. However, at the end of 2000, Louise and I were fortunate enough to win return tickets to London in a membership promotion run be the New Zealand Historic Places trust .

St Pauls seen from the Tate Modern We departed from Auckland International at 8.45am on Thursday September 27th, flying with Air New Zealand through Los Angeles to London. We arrived at 10am on Friday morning, collected a rental car and set off on our adventures. Our itinerary over the following three weeks included historic places, a variety of towns, many museums, a lot of shopping, and an opportunity for me to indulge my passion for aircraft!

Phil in NZ2427 This included visits to the museums like the Southampton Hall of Aviation, the Imperial war Museum at Duxford and Lambeth, the de Havilland Heritage Museum, Brooklands, and the Science Museum. I paid a return visit to Old Warden where I also got to see a Shuttleworth air show. More on these visits are linked below. When I set out I had made arrangements to get pictures of six aircraft with New Zealand connections. As it turned out, I actually got seven ( Comet, Corsair, Dauntless, Kittyhawk, Mustang, Sandringham, and Spitfire). I also visited several Internet penpals (like Kev Darling and Damien Burke) - and would have visited more if I hadn't left the contact details behind! I also met up with Maurice Hammond who has restored G-MSTG, the former NZ2427(That's me to the right, after Maurice twisted my arm really hard!).

RAeS 4 Hamilton Pl RN Submarine museum, GosportWatercress Line We also visited a heap of castles and other historic places. Had a look at some alternate technologies too - like a visit to the Royal navy Submarine Museum at Gosport, and a live steam day at the Mid-Hampshire Railway (the Watercress line). I even managed to fit in a morning doing some research at the RAeS library at 4 Hamilton Pl in London. It was an event packed at fun filled three weeks!

Disney CaliforniaWe flew out of Heathrow at 4.30pm on Thursday October 18th and onto Los Angeles. There we had a three day stop over while my wife indulged a long term desire to visit Disneyland. Although I wasn't worried about going, it turned out to be fun, and I discovered a new passion - rollercoasters! I also got to visit Chino - more of that below.

One thing about our trip - I again have a serious case of the travel bug ...

Over the next few months I will put up pages illustrating some of these places, and what I saw. The buttons at the bottom of the page will link to the pages.

The following links lead to images from some of the aviation-related places we visited during our tour. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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