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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


 

 

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


 


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


 

 

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.


 

 

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


 

 

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


 

 

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

de Havilland Tiger Moths

North American Harvards

 

 

 


 

 

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.


 

 

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

 

 

 


 

 

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


 

 

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

Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair

NZ 5545
Douglas C-47 Dakota
NZ

North American Harvard '2'

North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ
NZ

 

This Open Day concluded the "Salute The Airman" week in the Victory Loan campaign, As well as flying displays and static aircraft, demonstrations of pyrotechnics and fire-fighting were also put on.

The Corsair suffered a bird strike when it hit a rook, one of two that were flying across the airfield at the time. The aircraft was reported as travelling at more than 350 miles per hour in a dive at the time of the impact. The rook that was hit was reported as disappearing in a puff of feathers, whilst the second bird was caught in the slipstream and was "hurled head over heels" before flying off in a "drunken fashion" according to the Press newspaper.


 

 

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:


 

1946

Farewell to No. 14 (Occupational) Squadron, RNZAF
RNZAF Station Ardmore, 15th of February 1946
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Gloster Meteor III
EE395
S/Ldr Bob McKay
RNZAF Chance Vought Corsairs
 

 

Notes:
The Meteor aircraft was later renumbered NZ6001

Source:


 

 

Jet Demonstration
Over Auckland Harbour, February 1946
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Gloster Meteor III
EE395
S/Ldr Bob McKay

 

Source:


 

 

RNZAF Jet Demonstration
RNZAF Station Ardmore, 20th of March 1946
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Gloster Meteor III
NZ6001
S/Ldr Bob McKay

 

Notes:
Between 5000 and 6000 member sof the public came along to watch Bob McKay put the aircraft through its paces

Source:


 

 

RNZAF Gloster Meteor NZ6001 Tour
21st of March to 9th of May 1946
_Venue
Date
______Pilot______
RNZAF Station Waipapakauri
21 March 1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Having drawn a large and enthusiastic crowd at Waipapakauri the aircraft was flown by McKay over many Northland towns before McKay flew the Meteor back to Ardmore
Whangarei
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Kaitaia
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Gisborne
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Napier
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Hastings
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
New Plymouth
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Palmerston North
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Masterton
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
Nelson
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
RNZAF Station Woodbourne
1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
RNZAF Station Wigram
27 April 1946
Squadron Leader Bob McKay
On the 18th of April 1946 Bob McKay flew the Meteor to Christchurch from Woodbourne (one hour trip) and circled Cathedral Square in the centre of the city. On the 27th of April he took part in a Wigram air display in the aircraft after completing fly-overs of several Canterbury towns that morning. During the Wigram air display the Meteor flew with two Wigram-based Corsairs. That air display included also a low flying disply by a Lockheed Hudson and an aerobatic display by a Tiger Moth pilot
Fly-over of several West Coast towns
29 April 1946
Invercargill
6th of May 1946
Wing Commander John Checketts
RNZAF Station Taieri
May 1946
On the 9th of May 1946 McKay flew the Meteor from RNZAF Station Taieri to RNZAF Station Wigram to be attached to the Central Flying School, Wigram, so the Taieri and Invercargill displays took place before this date
RNZAF Station Wigram
7 Sept 1946
The display on the 7th of September 1946 was impromtu when the visiting Lancaster PD328 "Aries" failed to land for a public event at Wigram. The Meteor and a Corsair were displayed instead to please the assembled crwod

 

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


 

Out of interest - The 56 RNZAF pilots who converted to the RNZAF's Meteor included:

Pilot's Name Known as Soloed

Wing Commander John Milne Checketts DSO, DFC

Wing Commander Richard Webb DSO, DFC, mid

Squadron Leader Jesse Julius de Willimoff

Squadron Leader Robert Maxwell McKay OBE, AFC

Squadron Leader Allan Archibald Watson DFC

Squadron Leader John Richard Wenden

Flight Lieutenant Frederick John Adams

Flight Lieutenant Frank Stewart Adeane

Flight Lieutenant George William Annand

Flight Lieutenant George Robert Brabyn AFC

Flight Lieutenant Ronald George Bush mid

Flight Lieutenant Henry Maitland Eccersall MBE

Flight Lieuteant James Patrick O'Donnell AFC cvsa

Flight Lieutenant Maxwell Scannell

Flight Lieutenant Arthur George Stanley DFC

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Fred Tucker OBE, DFC, mid

Flight Lieuteant Robert Keith Walker AFC, mid, cvsa

Johhny

Dick

Willie

Bob

Skip

 

Fred

 

Bill

 

 

_________

 

Max

Zoot

Fred

 

Ohakea

Ardmore

Ohakea

Whenuapai

Ardmore

Ohakea

Ohakea

Ardmore

Ardmore

Ardmore

Ardmore

Ohakea

Ohakea

Ohakea

Ardmore

Ohakea

Ohakea

 

1947

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

Corsair

Corsair

Corsair

Corsair

NZ5___

NZ5___

NZ5___

NZ5___

 

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

NZ23__

NZ23__

 
Lockheed Hudson III
NZ20__
 
North American Harvard
NZ10__
 

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

ZK-ALU

ZK-AIH

ZK-AIB

ZK-AIL

ZK-

ZK-

 
de Havilland Moth Minor
ZK-AKM
 
Waco
ZK-
 
Beech C17L Staggerwing
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."


 

 

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Pageant
Hauraki, March 1947
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 


 

 

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!


 

 

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."


 

1948

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

RNZAF de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

RNZAF de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

RNZAF de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

RNZAF de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

NZ2321
_

NZ2325
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

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

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

RNZAF Gloster Meteor III
NZ6001
Flt Lt George Brabyn

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

Flt Lt Jack Scott

Flt Lt Max Hope

F/t Lt R.K. 'Mick' Walker

   
   
Avro Avian
ZK-ADQ
C. Liddell

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

ZK-AJO

ZK-AKC

ZK-APT

ZK-AQA

ZK-AQI

ZK-ARB

 
de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly
ZK-AFB

 

Miles Magister
ZK-ANK
John Gamble
Miles Whitney Straight
ZK-AJF
 
Auster Autocrat
ZK-A__
 
Percival Proctor V
ZK-AQK
Ernle Clark
Piper J-3 Cub
ZK-AHD
J.R. Franklin

 

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


 

 

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.


 

 

Air Pageant
Rotorua Aerodrome, 1948
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

ZK-

 

 


 

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.


 

 

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
_

NZ2326
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

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)

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger
NZ250?

F/Lt Fraser (Pilot)

F/Lt Wendon (Navigator)

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina
NZ4056
 

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

NZ35__

 
de Havilland DH89 Dominee
NZ531
 
de Havilland Fox Moth
ZK-AQB
 

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-AIK

ZK-AIM

ZK-AI

ZK-
 
Waco
ZK-
 
Ercoupe
ZK-AQX
 
Christley Super Ace
ZK-ASI
 

Auster

Auster

ZK-

ZK-

Eric Gray

 

DHC Chipmunk
ZK-
 
de Havilland Dragonfly
ZK-
 
Percival Proctor
ZK-AOA
 
Glider
ZK-G__
A. Hardinge
Miles Gemini
ZK-ANT
 

 

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.


 

 

 


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