Barry Flavall recalls the "North Island Tour" of March 18 - 29, 1961:
"We combined with a Bristol Freighter that accompanied the Harvards, and Flt Lt Barry Gordon in a Canberra from Ohakea, for displays at Stratford, Hamilton, Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Whangarei, Dargarville, Tauranga, Matamata, Paeroa, Thames, Morrinsville, Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings and Waipukurau.
This was the most extensive display programme that the team was ever involved with, most displays being out and back forays.
The navigator aboard the Canberra was Peter Pennell who has contributed information to the No. 75 Squadron teams page here and the solo performance page here
Four Harvards were taken on the tour, three display aircraft and a spare. The four were NZ1015, NZ1041, NZ1046 and NZ1050. Only the two outside aircraft had smoke generators fitted as this was all the team had at the time.
The team was supported by Bristol Freighter NZ5909 carrying spare parts, tools and groundcrew.
A big thanks to Barry Flavall for providing information about the 1960/61 Central Flying School display team . Thanks also to Peter Layne for providing additional information from an AHSNZ journal report at the time.
The 1961 CFS Wigram Team.
From left is Flt Lt Alan Dyer, Flt Lt Mayne Hawkins and Flt Lt Barry Flavall