NZ Flying Adventures Vintage Training
Experience the thrill and excitement of early Aviators and take to the skies in a 1938 vintage de Havilland Tigermoth. This aircraft has a wonderful history and was used to train Pilots during WWII. Your Instructor Peter has over 2,500 hours in the tigermoth and will brief you on the history of the aircraft, how to hand start her along with the basics of flying this open cockpit biplane.
Step back into the Gadsby era of the 1930s and fly this glamorous old gal. The Waco aircraft company started producing biplanes from 1929 in the USA. Strap yourself in and feel the power of the renowned Jacobs engine
An exclusive opportunity to train in this 1950 Chipmunk which served in the RAF as a trainer in Hamble, South Hampton. After the retirement of the Tigermoth, the Chipmunk was introduced as the primary trainer.
Own a little piece of history with a set of personalised Dog-Tags from an original vintage Graphotype machine.
The First Military Dog Tags – A little History…
At the start of the Civil War fallen soldiers on both sides who died in battle were generally buried where they fell. The remaining soldiers realized that, in the event of their own death, their remains would never be identified nor would their family be notified of their demise. To aid in their identification these soldiers began pinning paper and cloth ribbons, printed with their name, unit, and hometown, to their uniforms. They would also scratch this information onto the soft metal of their belt buckles and stencil their name and hometown on their knapsacks.
Shortly after this retailers and manufacturers saw a need and started advertising ‘Soldier Pins’ in the periodicals of the time, such as Harper’s Weekly. These first military identification tags, which were pinned to the uniform, were available in gold and silver and came in different shapes to designate different branches of the military. These were not widely used.
Sutlers were civilian merchants who followed the troops and operated tent stores to supply tobacco and food staples to the soldiers. These sutlers also began supplying the soldiers with identification tags that were machine stamped from various soft metals. These were engraved with the soldier’s name, unit, and hometown and could also list the battles the soldier had participated in. There was a hole punched in the top and these first American ‘dog tags’ were worn around the neck hanging from a string or cord.
It wasn’t until 1906 that military regulations were changed to require a standard set of identification tags, and the system of wearing two separate sets of dog tags only became required in 1916. Dog tags issued by the quartermaster’s office included the soldier’s full name (in reverse order), social security number, military service number, blood type and religious affiliation. Older dog tags may also include information on a soldier’s tetanus shot history.
Dog tags get their unofficial name from their resemblance to actual tags used for identifying dogs.
The Graphotype debossing process was used from the 1900’s to create durable, easily legible metal plates, well-suited for military identification tags, leading to adoption of the system by the American military.
Contact us for details to have your own personalised Military Dog Tag hand made on an original vintage machine.
Sets from $20.00 plus Postage