Lockheed Hudson Mk III at MOTAT NZ
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Lockheed Hudson Mk III at MOTAT NZ

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Developed from the Lockheed 14 Super Electra transport, the Hudson was an important costal and maritime reconnaissance aircraft for New Zealand in the ealry years of World War II.

In late 1940, the Hudson was acquired by the New Zealand government as a counter measure to the German raiders then operating in the South Pacific. The need to respond to the German threat had become critical following the sinking of several ships in New Zealand waters and other off the coast of Nauru.

Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour, reconnaissance and anti-submarine operations expanded to Espiritu Santu, New Caledonia, and later Guadalcanal. The RNZAF Hudson squadrons performed the majority of the maritime patrols, until the aircraft was replaced by Lockheed Venturas. Hudsons were redeployed for training and transport.

NZ2031 was initially based in New Zealand, but later operated out of Espiritu Santo with No. 3 Squadron. During this time Group Captain Geoffry Robert used NZ 2031 as his personal transport. The aircraft carried high ranking officers vetween RNZAF bases in the Pacific until the end of the war.

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Forever has always existed.

In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, it's been there along with Darkness and the Sea.

The Earth came from the efforts of Old Spider, who soared over the endless sea and found a giant clam. She opened it and crawled inside, finding a snail there to share the space with her. She set the snail in the west and made it into the Moon to shed some light into the darkness. Together they raised up the top of the clam shell to make the sky, pushing it until it was wide open.

Then they pushed the bottom half of the clam shell in the other direction to make the ground. The earth was called Papa and the sky Ranga. These are the two first beings who created all the flowers, plants, trees and animals on the islands, and fish in the sea.

They celebrated all their open space by making as many beautiful creatures as they could imagine, but they still remained separated by the work of the original Old Spider. Each night, Ranga weeps for his beloved Papa earth, and this is where the morning dew comes from.

Polynesia means "many islands" and when you see these pictures, you will want to visit all of them. To make it simple, the islands sit in a triangle described by connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

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Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.

Text by Steve Smith.

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