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The Arvo Lancaster was one of the most successful combat aircraft used by the RAF during World War II. These heavy bombers dropped a combined total of 608,612 tons of explosives over German targets.
Buit in June 1945, NX665 was destined for service in the Pacific as part of the proposed Allied invasion of Japan. However, Japanese surrender in September 1945 made the deployment unnecessary. The aircraft instead went into storage at Handow, United Kingdom, until sold to the French navy in 1951.
Following acquisition by the French, NX665 was given the military identification WU13 and deployed first in France, then Moroco and Algeria on anti-submarine patrol, maritime reconnaissance, and air-sea rescue operations. After service in North Africa WU13 returned to France in preparation for deployment in the Pacific with Escardrille 98 based in Noumea, New Caledonia. The Pacific deployment was the aircrafts last period of active service before being gifted to MOTAT as a good will gesture to New Zealand by the French Governmant.
WU13 is painted in World War II livery to commemorate the many New Zealanders who served with RAF Bomber Command.
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.There are over a thousand of these islands of surfer's paradise in the central and south Pacific Ocean. It's stunning. Look at the color of the water here! And the sunset... these speak for themselves. Could you be happy in this little house? How about some reef diving inside a lagoon?Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.Text by Steve Smith.