Trevor Bland recalls that he flew Harvard NZ1099 in this team, an aircraft still flying today (now in Australia).
This team began as a fourship and displayed as such, but they also were the first to develop and perfect the box formation loop with four Harvards after several attempts with various pilots involved in the combination - some of whom didn't stay in the actual display team for that year. They added a fifth aircraft later in the season.
Stewart Boys recalls he was one of the pilots who attempted to be part of the genesis of the box formation loop:
"On 20 Jan 1966 I flew some practice aerobatics as No. 4 in the box for a CFS team which had just been formed by Flt Lt Tom Lambert.
As we all did, I found it difficult to keep up with the other three as we passed through the top of the loop because of the lack of power in the Harvard. Eventually, with Gavin Trethewey in the No 4 position, they found the right technique to overcome this problem.
The photo below shows clearly the Harvard's lack of power and speed over the top (although I have flown in a lot worse aircraft)."
Above: The formation loop.
Photo kindly submitted by Stewart Boys
Stewart didn't make it but Trevor Bland did, who adds:
"The first fourship team flew on February 28th, 1966, with myself flying No 4 and coaching Tom Lambert in the lead position. The experts like Ted Arundel said it couldn't be done.
On March 14th, 1966, the team displayed for the AOC Training Group, and got his seal of approval. Thereafter Gavin Trethewey flew box as No. 4 and I flew as No. 5 for a coordinated team plus solo display.
This combination has been carried through to today with the Warbirds Assn. Roaring Forties team, although I am no longer active myself."
Roger Henstock recalls of this team:
"I was not and never became a member of the CFS staff. In fact i was a student instructor, but because of the "Confrontation in Malaya" there were few pilots at Wigram with formation aerobatics experience and as I had been in the 75 Sqn Vampire team over the past two years I got the job."
Referring to the opening of Auckland Airport on the 29th of January 1966, Roger recalls:
"We started our display from the back of a larger formation of Wigram (CFS and PTS) Harvards and Devons.