Routes and Miles flown

The following is a summary of all flights John has flown since his first flight in a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide/Dominie twin-engine biplane in 1955. Apart from flights in commercial aircraft, his flights in military aircraft have included:
  • An RNZAF Douglas DC6 from England to New Zealand in 1963, which took 10 days
  • An RN Westland Wessex helicopter on the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious in 1964
  • An RNZAF Handley Page Hastings CMk3 from New Zealand to Singapore in 1964, which took four days
  • An RAF Bristol Britannia from Singapore to England in 1964, which took two days
  • An RAF Comet II from Gibraltar to England in 1965
  • An RAF VC10 from England to Singapore in 1969
  • Several RNZAF DC3 flights in New Zealand in 1971
  • Several RNZAF transport aircraft flights in New Zealand in 1973
  • An NZ Army Sioux helicopter in New Zealand in  1973
  • An RNZN Wasp helicopter on HMNZS Waikato in 1978
  • Several RNZAF Lockhead C-130 Hercules flights in New Zealand from 1979 to 1983
  • An RNZAF Aermacchi Strikemaster jet trainer in New Zealand in 1979
  • Several RNZAF Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter flights in New Zealand in 1979
  • Two Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF) Lockhead C-130 Hercules flights in Oman in 1986
  • A SOAF Short SC.7 Skyvan 3M from Oman to Dubai and return in 1988

The RNZAF flight from England to New Zealand in 1963 was, by today's standards, unusual in two ways:

  1. There was one flight crew on the aircraft, which meant that two 24 hour stopovers were included in the 10 day flight time. The route was from Mildenhall in England to the Azores, Bermuda, Washington (24 hour stopover), San Francisco, Honolulu (24 hour stopover), Canton Island (to refuel), Nadi in Fiji and on to Whenuapai in Auckland. Pictures of John and Admiral Washbourn taken on Canton Island are included below under flights in 1963

  2. All three of New Zealand's military Chiefs of Staff were onboard the same aircraft. They were: the Chief of Naval Staff (Rear Admiral R E Washbourn), the Chief of Air Staff (Air Vice Marshall I Morrison) and the Chief of the General Staff (Major General L W Thornton)

Routes and Miles flown


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