John heard about the great work I did with scanning photos and slides. This is a particulary interesting slide scan. Bomber XH498 was about to land at Rongotai Airport airshow, Wellington 1959. It came in too heavily and damaged it’s left wing and undercarriage.
John caught the image on camera. Here we can see the damaged undercarriage and fuel pluming out of a hole in the wing. The plane landed safely at Ohakea air base and was eventually repaired.
The slide was scanned at 4000dpi, to bring out all the detail of the plane and damage.
John sent me a series of slides of Motutapu Island off the Auckland coast to be scanned and copied. They were taken in the 1950s by school teacher Ray Coates. The pictures are of a top dresser loading up for fertiliser, the island wharf, and the then just completed island school classroom.
John says today the island is poised to become the largest island recreation park in New Zealand, throuh the efforts of thousands of volunteers who are revegetating the island to provide habitats for endangered species.
All the slides scanned will be used on a website about the island.