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This Timeline mainly covers historic public displays prewar and later airshows containing military, warbird and classic aircraft presence. Other general aviation fly-ins and gatherings of limited public interest such as microlights, homebuilds, aerobatic meets and hang gliding are not necessarily included

 

 

1940

Auckland Centennial Regatta
Auckland Harbour, Monday 29th of January 1940
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Unknown RNZAF Types
 

 

Notes:

Marking Auckland's Centennial, an RNZAF display was put on above Auckland Harbour during which the regatta and water pageant was held, on Auckland Anniversary Day

Papers Past - Hutt News, 6th of September 1939

 

 

Military and Air Pageant
Milson Aerodrome, Palmerston North, Saturday 9th of March 1940
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Five Vickers Vincents from the Air Gunners and Air Observers School, RNZAF Ohakea
NZ3__

NZ3__

NZ3__

NZ3__

NZ3__

 

 

Sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence and arranged by Manawatu Agricultural and Pastural Association, this air pageant which opened at 2.00pm with a ceremonial parade of men from the 28th (Maori) Battalion, the crowd was then given a display of physical drill by trainee members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force from the Initial Training Wing depot at RNZAF Wereroa, Levin. The five Vincents from nearby Ohakea then displayed, demonstrating parachute dropping, dive bombing and aerial fighting. The event concluded with hakas from the Maori Battalion

Source: The Evening Post, 8th of March 1940, via Papers Past

Papers Past

 


1941

1942

1943

1944

RNZAF Station Nelson Open Day
5th of February 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Hawker Hinds (3 of, from the Technical Training School, Nelson)

INST

INST

INST

Static
Lockheed Hudson (1 of, from the Technical Training School, Nelson?)
INST
Static
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk (1 of, from the Technical Training School, Nelson)
INST
Static
Tiger Moth (1 of, probably from the Technical Training School, Nelson)
INST
Static
Airspeed Oxford (1 of, from the Technical Training School, Nelson)

INST

Static
Messerschmitt Bf109E (1 of, from the Technical Training School, Nelson)
INST111
(1653-51)
Static

 

Source: Details gleaned from a photograph and details in The History of New Zealand Aviation by Ross Ewing and Ross Macpherson

Papers Past

 

 

RNZAF Station Wigram Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Chance Vought Corsair

Airspeed Oxford

North American Harvard

de Havilland Dominie

Rearwin Sportster

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland Puss Moth

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Piper Cub (Canterbury Aero Club)

NZ5___

NZ____

NZ____

NZ5__

NZ5__

NZ___

NZ5__

NZ3___

NZ35__

ZK-AFQ

 

 

All I know is a Corsair displayed, and while diving at about 350 miles an hour it encountered two rooks flying over the airfield. It struck one which reportedly disappeared in a cloud of black feathers. The other was missed by the aircraft but the aircraft passed by so close the prop wash caused the bird to fly erratically.

Papers Past

 

 

RNZAF Station Ardmore Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Chance Vought Corsairs
 

 

Aproximately 2000 members of the public were welcomed ito the station during the afternoon

Station History via David Duxbury

 

 

RNZAF Station Ohakea Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

No. 2 OTU Curtiss P-40

No. 2 OTU Curtiss P-40

No. 4 OTU Curtiss P-40

No. 4 OTU Curtiss P-40

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

 

Aproximately 4000 members of the public were welcomed ito the station during the afternoon

Station History via David Duxbury

 

 

RNZAF Station Tauranga Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland Tiger Moths

North American Harvards

 

 

 

Station History via David Duxbury

 

 

RNZAF Station Rukuhia Open Day
23rd (?) of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
 
North American Harvard
   
Douglas C-47 Dakota
   
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura (several)
   
de Havilland DH-89B Dominie

 

 
Lockheed RB-34 Lexington (Ventura)
   
Grumman TBF-1C Avenger
   

 

This airshow was either during the war or immediately postwar, and was an open day at No. 1 Repair Depot, RNZAF Station Rukuhia. The following list of aircraft are known to have been static on display, and it's also known that a Kittyhawk flew a display too. Any further information would be appreciated.

Details gleaned from two photographs supplied by the RNZAF Museum

 

 

RNZAF Station Harewood Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Curtiss P-40M Warhawk

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair

NZ3072

NZ3516

NZ5545

 

 

 

Station History via David Duxbury

 

 

RNZAF Station Taieri Open Day
23rd of September 1944
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland Tiger Moths

 

 

Aproximately 2500 members of the public were welcomed ito the station during the afternoon

Station History via David Duxbury

 

 

1945

Auckland Pageant
RNZAF Station Ardmore, Saturday 10th of December 1945
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF Chance Vought Corsairs
 
Royal Navy Fleet Air Airm Seafires
 

 

When Seafires from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Indefatigable visited RNZAF Station Ardmore, around 6000 Aucklanders turned out to see the Seafires put through their paces, and the local Corsairs also displayed

Source:

The Evening Post, 8th of March 1945, via Papers Past

 

 

1946

RNZAF Gloster Meteor NZ6001 Tour
21st of March to 9th of May 1946
_Venue
Date
______Pilot______
RNZAF Station Wigram
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Kaitaia
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Auckland
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay

 

Between the 21st of March and 9th of May 1946, Squadron Leader Robert Maxwell 'Bob' McKay OBE, AFC, toured New Zealand centres in this country's first jet aircraft putting on displays for the people of New Zealand.

Any venues/dates would be welcomed please

Papers Past

 

 

1947

North Island Air Pageant
Bell Block, New Plymouth, 22nd of February 1947
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Corsair

Corsair

Corsair

Corsair

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

North American Harvard

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland Moth Minor

Waco

Beech C17L Staggerwing

NZ5___

NZ5___

NZ5___

NZ5___

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ10__

ZK-ALU

ZK-AIH

ZK-AIB

ZK-AIL

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-AKM

ZK-

ZK-AJS

 

 

 

Notes:

Mac Morgan, who was Navigation Leader for the four-ship of Mosquitoes, says he, "cannot recall any details as to actual display other than there would have been formation fly-overs and single aircraft slow run and speed run, and the overall display time was 20 minutes.I have no record to indentify the display with a particular occasion other than to note a sizeable fleet of aero club aircraft."

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

Waikato Air Pageant
Rukuhia, Hamilton, 27th of September 1947
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

Rearwin Sportser

Percival Proctor

Waco

ZK-AIA

ZK-ACC

ZK-AKO

ZK-ANV

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-ALF

ZK-

ZK-

 

 

Had a canopy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

This air pageant also had a demonstration of mock polo with the players on uniicycles!

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

Air Pageant
Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, 8th of November 1947
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

NZ2323
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

F/Lt Ray Jeffs (Pilot)
Tom "Mac" Morgan (Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

 

Notes:

Mac Morgan, who was Navigation Leader for the four-ship of Mosquitoes, says he, "cannot recall any details as to actual display other than there would have been formation fly-overs and single aircraft slow run and speed run, and the overall display time was 20 minutes.I have no record to indentify the display with a particular occasion other than to note a sizeable fleet of aero club aircraft."

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

1948

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Air Pageant
Otago Centennial
Taieri Aerodrome, Dunedin, 21st of February 1948
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

Gloster Meteor III

NZ2321
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ6001

S/Ldr Cyril 'Mac' Baigent (Pilot)
Tom "Mac" Morgan (Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

Flight Lieutenant George Brabyn

 

Notes:

Mac Morgan was Navigation Leader for the four-ship of RNZAF Mosquitoes that displayed.

The Mosquito time slot was 50 minutes in length.

This display marked the Otago Centennial Celebrations

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

balloon bursting
Battle of Britain Air Pageant
Mangere Aerodrome, circa September 1948
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth Crazy Flying
ZK-
 
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth balloon bursting
ZK-
 

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

 
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth formation aerobatics and formation dead-stick landings

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

 

The first civil air pageant held in Auckland since 1939, this airshow at Mangere was organised by the Auckland Aero Club and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in conjunction with the Air Force Associaiton, to commemorate the 8th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Details from a Pictorial Parade newsreel released on the Classic New Zealand Aviation Volime One DVD (Transpress)

 

 

Air Pageant
Rotorua Aerodrome, 1948
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

ZK-

 

 

National Library of New Zealand Time Frames photo

 

 

1949

Air Pageant
Paraparaumu Aerodrome, 23rd of January 1949
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

NZ2321
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

S/Ldr Cyril 'Mac' Baigent (Pilot)
Tom "Mac" Morgan (Navigator)

F/Lt Jack Wenden (Pilot)
(Navigator)

F/Lt Ray Jeffs (Pilot)
(Navigator)

F/Lt George Brabyn (Pilot)
(Navigator)

 

Notes:

Mac Morgan was Navigation Leader for the four-ship of RNZAF Mosquitoes that displayed. he says, "At the conclusion of the air display Mac Baigent and I were tasked on a SAR sortie to look for a DH82 piloted by Mike Daniell who was missing en route Masterton to Paraparaumu.

The Mosquito time slot was approximately 50 minutes in length.

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Air Pageant
Mangere Aerodrome, Auckland, 20th of March 1949
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger
_

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

de Havilland DH89 Dominee

de Havilland Fox Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

Waco

Ercoupe

Christley Super Ace

Auster

Auster

DHC Chipmunk

de Havilland Dragonfly

Percival Proctor

Glider

NZ2326
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ250?
_

NZ4056

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ531

ZK-AQB

ZK-AIK

ZK-AIM

ZK-AI

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-AQX

ZK-ASI

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-AOA

ZK-G__

S/Ldr Cyril 'Mac' Baigent (Pilot)
Tom "Mac" Morgan (Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

F/Lt Fraser (Pilot)
F/Lt Wendon (Navigator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Gray

 

 

 

 

A. Hardinge

 

Notes:

Mac Morgan was Navigation Leader for the nine-ship of RNZAF Mosquitoes that displayed.

Mac says his logbook does not actually record the aircraft as landing at Mangere so they must have flown in and displayed and flown home to Ohakea.

Details from Group Captain Thoams "Mac" Morgan (rtd)

 

 

 


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