Hello and welcome to my world of PLANES AND PILOTS. My name is Helena Blomfield -Lobetand I reside in Tokoroa South Waikato , NEW ZEALAND, two beautiful islands set as jewels in the PACIFIC OCEAN, and if you still don't know where that is, get out a WORLD MAP and look for AUSTRALIA, to the right and down a bit and that's NEW ZEALAND ( AOTEA ROA) This site is about PLANES AND PILOTS, those wonderful men and their flying machines....my husband JAMES LOBET,the managing director of GANAGOBIE AIRCRAFT RESEARCH LTD, was born in ROCHEFORT, LATE OF NIMES, FRANCE , with his brother WILLIAM LOBET, were the original designers and builders of the wonderful wooden aircraft.. THE GANAGOBIE AIRCRAFT! And here you can see the photos of the original GANAGOBIE built by the LOBET brothers in LILLE FRANCE. HENRI MIGNET'S FLYING FLEA (link on this page) On these pages I will show you some interesting planes and their very interesting pilots, ( our friends!) so please enjoy this site and any comments are most welcome..thanks...!.....safe flying..!
Yours truly " Amazing Grace" and a beautiful old TIGER MOTH, have a real soft spot for these lovely old planes. My first ever flight was at the tender age of 18yrs, in a TIGER MOTH at NAPIER AIR PORT, NEW ZEALAND.....The pilot then was one JIM REEVES of the NAPIER AERO CLUB. The pilot of the above TIGER MOTH for the day was EVAN GRAY, of KATIKATI, BAY OF PLENTY, NZ, at the WAIHI AIRPORT BAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND , (lived in Waihi BOP for 35yrs)
Me, running a stall to save a beautiful old BRISTOL FREIGHTER , at an open day at WAIHI AIR PORT, BAY OF PLENTY, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND a few years back, this beautiful Bristol is now accommodation, damn shame as the engines were still okay, none of the sales re flying her again went through mores the pity
At theTOKOROA AIRPORT-.TOKOROA NZ..this airfield boasts a real nice runway, and room for more hangers guys, there are plans afoot for more hangers to be erected, that's good news as I am sure this airport could definitely have brilliant future ahead
SHES A BEAUTY! Enjoyed a fantastic flight over Lake Taupo NZ and around the geothermal area, smooth as a........ very comfortable, lovely hostess..the way to go for some very special occasion!!