Eastern Aircraft (Grumman) FM-2 Wildcat

N5833 (BuNo 86819)


Taken at Tauranga Airport, 23 March, 2002. It's not often a photographer finds himself in a position where an aircraft goes round and round while he gets to stand in one place taking photographs. In this case the Wildcat was undergoing a compass swing on the open area in front of the Tauranga Aero Club. Alpine Fighter Collection chief engineer Ray Mulqueen was in the cockpit, and Frank Wright (of WrightAir) was assisting.

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