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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

 

 

 

1950

Visitor's Day Air Display
RNZAF Station Ohakea, 16th of September 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Gloster Meteor III _

NZ6001 _

S/Ldr J.R. Wenden

No. 42 Squadron Harvards
No. 41 Squadron Douglas C-47 Dakota
NZ35??
No. 42 Squadron Auster
NZ17??
No. 75 Squadron Mosquitos
No. 42 Squadron de Havillan Devon
NZ18??

 

Notes:
The Meteor which had been flying at Ohakea was to be grounded to become an instructional airframe at the Technical Training School at Hobsonville. The departure from Ohakea co-incided with an Air Force Day open day so a brief display was made for the public before the aircraft's final ferry north to Hobsonville.

The Dakota display is noted in the programme which notes that from 3.00 till 3.10pm there would be "Supply drop by a Dakota of No. 41 transport Squadron."

The programme notes that at 3.20pm there would be a "Flying Demonstration by an Auster of No. 42 Squadron." And at 3.30pm there would be "Aerobatics by Mosquito aircraft of No. 75 Squadron" followed at 3.40pm by "Formation demonstration by a Devon of of No. 42 Squadron."

The Harvards, quantity unknown, were also in the programme which stated that from 3.50 till 4.00pm there would be "Formation Aerobatics by Harvards of No. 42 Squadron."


 

 

Harewood Airport Opening
Harewood Aerodrome, Christchurch, 18th of December 1950
____________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
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

de Havilland DH89 Dominie
RAAF Avro Lincoln
A73-8
Douglas DC-6
VH-BPA
QANTAS Lockheed Super Constellation
VH-EAC
Known as "Harry Hawker"

 

Notes:

An air display and the opening ceremony for Christchurch Airport

 

 

 

Air Pageant
Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

NZ23__
_

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

(Pilot)
(Navigator)

Airspeed Oxford
NZ
Rearwin Sportster
ZK-ALF

 

Notes:


 

1951

1952

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Pageant
New Plymouth, 2nd of February 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
-

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

NZ2334
-

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Sgt Rod Dahlberg
Navigator - Sgt McBean

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

RNZAF Station Whenuapai Open Day
RNZAF Whenuapai, 23rd of February 1952
____________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

NZ2328
-

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Sgt Rod Dahlberg
Navigator - Sgt McBean

 

 

 

 

 

 

The six Mosquitoes from No. 75 Squadron RNZAF rehearsed the day before.


 

 

Operation Hardtack Press Display
Kaitaia Airport, 13th of March 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito T43

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

NZ2306-

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Sgt Rod Dahlberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special six-ship formation display for the Press during "Operation Hardtack" at Kaitaia


 

 

Air Display at Taieri
RNZAF Station Taieri, Dunedin, 15th of March 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
NZ23__

Pilot - F/O Noel Fraser

Navigator - F/Sgt Ron Macfarlane

 

 


 

 

Kaitaia Airport Open Day
Kaitaia Airport, 16th of March 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito FB6
-

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

NZ2323-
-

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Sgt Rod Dahlberg
Navigator - Sgt John Campbell

 

 

 

 


 

 

Woodbourne Open Day
RNZAF Station Woodbourne, 23rd of March 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
-

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
-

NZ2331
-

NZ2306
-

Pilot - F/O Cyril Waters
Navigator - Sgt John Campbell

Pilot - Sgt R.H.F. 'Joe' Mace
Navigator - F/Sgt Ron Macfarlane

 

No. 75 Squadron Mosquito NZ2331 crashed after the display, killing both crew Waters and Campbell


 

 

Ohakea Open Day
RNZAF Station Ohakea, 29th of March 1952
____________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

NZ23
-

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Rod Dahlberg
Nav - F/Sgt Ron McFarlane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

1953

London to Christchurch Air Race Open Day
Christchurch International Airport, 11th of March 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RAF English Electric Canberra PR7
Race 1

RAF English Electric Canberra PR3
Race 2

RAF English Electric Canberra PR3
Race 3

WH773
_

WE142
_

WE139
_

W/C Hodges
_

F/Lt Furze
3rd in Race Section _

F/Lt Roland 'Monty' Burton
Won Race Section _

RAAF English Electric Canberra B20
Race 5

RAAF English Electric Canberra B20
Race 4

A84-201
_

A84-202
_

S/Ldr Peter Raw
2nd in Race Section

W/C Cumming
_

BEA Vickers Viscount "RMA Endeavour"
Race 23
G-AMAV
_
Captain Baillie
_
KLM Douglas DC-6 "Trade Wings"
Race 21
PH-TGA
_
Captain Kooper
Winner Handicap Section

 

An RNZAF Handley Page Hastings NZ5804 flown by Wing Commander Watson, also took part but did not finishthe race, breaking down in Ceylonm so was not at this event.


 

 

Walsh Air Pageant
RNZAF Station Whenuapai, October 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH98 Mosquito
NZ2308

 

de Havilland DH100 Vampire T.55

de Havilland DH100 Vampire

de Havilland DH100 Vampire

NZ5701

NZ57--

NZ57--

Bristol Freighter (No. 1 Squadron)

Bristol Freighter (No. 1 Squadron)

Bristol Freighter (No. 1 Squadron)

Bristol Freighter (No. 1 Squadron)

NZ59--

NZ59--

NZ59--

NZ5903

 

 

 

Static

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

Douglas C-47 Dakota (No. 41 Squadron)

NZ35--

NZ35--

NZ35--

NZ35--

NZ35--

NZ35--

North American P-51D Mustang

North American P-51D Mustang

North American P-51D Mustang

NZ2425

NZ24--

NZ24--

GAF Canberra B.20
A84-202
W/Cr Cumming RAAF
English Electric Canberra (No. 540 Sqn)
BEA Vickers Viscount
G-AVAM
Pan American Airways Douglas DC-4
EoN Olympia 2B glider
ZK-GAA

 

 


 

 

1954

1955

Paraparaumu Air Pageant
Paraparaumu Aerodrome, 24th of January 1955
____________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

Parachutist

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Musson

 

 


 

 

Ohakea's 25th Anniversary Airshow
RNZAF Station Ohakea, 28th of March 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland Vampire

NZ57__

Fg Off Murray Turnbull

 

 


 

 

1956

1957

Air Force Air Pageant
RNZAF Station Whenuapai, 21st of February 1957
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

North American Harvard

North American Harvard

North American Harvard

North American Harvard

North American Harvard

NZ1034

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ1061

 

 

 

 

Static Display in Hangar

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire FB52

NZ5732

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Static Display in Hangar

Short Sunderland MR5 XX-A
NZ4118
No. 6 Squadron
North American P-51D Mustang
NZ2423
No. 42 Squadron
Handley Page Hastings
NZ5803
Static for Walk Through
English Electric Canberra
A84-235
No. 6 Squadron RAAF
RAF Vickers Valetta
WJ___ 'G'

 

Notes:


 

 

1958

Air Force Day
RNZAF 21st Anniversary Airshow, RNZAF Station Ohakea
29th of March 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ5709

NZ5710

NZ5721

NZ5724

NZ5727

NZ5735

NZ5750

NZ5751

NZ5752

NZ5753

NZ5754

NZ5755

NZ5757

NZ5758

NZ5760

NZ5761

NZ5762

NZ5764

NZ5765

NZ5770

NZ5771

NZ5778

F/O Murray Turnbull flew a solo display to open the airshow. Then No. 75 Squadron, RNZAF took off in their Vampires and joined Turnbull.

During the show they formed the number '21' and did a pass, later forming their squadron number '75' for another pass, and later still making a mock attack

RNZAF Short Sunderland of No. 6 Squadron, RNZAF, from RNZAF Station Hobsonville
NZ4111
(XX-B)
RNZAF Mitsubishi Zero (on static display, now at Auckland War Memorial Museum)
NZ6000
Static inside a hangar
RNZAF Grumman Avenger

NZ2527

Static

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ1801

NZ1805

NZ1813

NZ1814

NZ1817

NZ1818

NZ1821

NZ1826

NZ1827

NZ1830

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ1007

NZ1009

NZ1014

NZ1024

NZ1029

NZ1041

NZ1045

NZ1075

NZ1076

RNZAF Handley Page Hastings
NZ5801

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

NZ5909

NZ5911

No. 41 Squadron, RNZAF, from Whenuapai. NZ5909 landed supplies for the SAS paratroops, and an Army Howitzer was seen loaded onto a Freighter too
RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota
NZ3553
RNZAF Auster Mk. 7c
NZ1707

RAF Handley Page Hastings
_
_

RAF Handley Page Hastings

RAF Handley Page Hastings

TG580
_
_

WJ326

WJ336

dropped 23 members of the NZSAS in a parachute drop in their first ever drop onto NZ soil

Static

Static

RAF Vickers Valiant B(K)1

RAF Vickers Valiant B(K)1

XD862_

WP207

Leonard Trent VC, DFC and crew

 

RAAF English Electric Canberra v

RAAF English Electric Canberra B.20

RAAF English Electric Canberra B.20

A84-230

A84-244

A84-228

F/O J.H. Johnson RAAF

F/O B.A. Johnson RAAF

Static

RAAF Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune
A89-311

W/C Mahon RAAF (Captain)
F/Lt Donnolly RAAF (2nd Pilot)
F/Lt Donaldson RAAF (Crew)
F/Lt Lonie RAAF (Crew)
F/Lt McLeod RAAF (Crew)
W/O Barnaby RAAF (Crew)
F/Sgt Robotham RAAF (Crew)
Lt Col Shearman USAF (Passenger) And six ground crew

Convair CV440 Metropolitan
A96-313
Static/ This aircraft transported Air Marshal F.R.W. Scherger, Chief of the Air Force for the RAAF, to the event

USAF Boeing KC135

USAF Boeing KC135

One of these aircraft transported General Curtis LeMay from the USA direct to New Zealand

56-3603

55-3126



__

 

Static

_

_

USAF Douglas C-124C Globemaster II

USAF Douglas C-124C Globemaster II

USAF Douglas C-124C Globemaster II

51-10147

51-10140

52-978

Handling Display

Static

Static

USAF F-100D Super Sabre

USAF F-100D Super Sabre

USAF F-100F Super Sabre

USAF F-100F Super Sabre

55-3530

55-3517

56-3808

56-3801_

 

Static

 

 

USAF C-130A Hercules

USAF C-130A Hercules

55-0028

55-0031

Handling Display

Static

USAF Boeing KC-97G Stratotanker

USAF Boeing KC-97G Stratotanker

53-0139

55-3126

Displayed

Static

USAF B-47E Stratojet (showed air to air refuelling with the KC-97 tanker)
53-1851

USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer

USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer

55-421

55-422

Handling Display

Static

Civil Aircraft Present
Cessna C172
ZK-BSU

Cessna C180

Cessna C180

Cessna C180

Cessna C180

Cessna C180

ZK-BJC

ZK-BKG

ZK-BQI

ZK-BUS

ZK-BUW

Cessna C310D
VH-REX
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-BQC
de Havilland DH90 Dragon
ZK-AXI

Douglas DC-3

Douglas DC-3

ZK-AOJ

ZK-AQU

Lockheed Electra
ZK-BUT
Mooney M.20
ZK-BUN

Piper PA-18

Piper PA-18

Piper PA-18

ZK-BQO

ZK-BTM

ZK-BTS

Piper Tri-Pacer
ZK-BLC
Missiles on Static Display
de Havilland Firestreak    
Fairey Fireflash    
Armstrong Whitworth Sea Slug    
Bristol Bloodhound    
English Electric Thunderbird    

 

Guests in Attendance included Air Chief Marshall the Hon. Sir Ralph Cochrane, GBE, KCB, AFC, RAF Retired, the RNZAF's first Chief of Air Staff, attended from England

Group Captain Leonard Trent VC, DFC, attended as pilot of the Valiant bomber

Also Air Marshal The Earl of Bandon KBE, CB, CVO, DSO, Commander in Chief of the Far East Air Force which included the RNZAF's No's 14 and 41 Squadrons in Singapore along with several RAF and RAAF squadrons

And another guest in attendance was the USAF Vice-Chief, General Curtis E. LeMay

From Austalia the RAAF was represented by Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal F.R.W. Scherger

The USAF Super Sabres came from the From 8th Fighter Bomber Wing. The three aircraft that displayed broke the Sound Barrier during the airshow.

The USAF Hercules's came from the 463rd Troop Carrier Wing.

The USAF KC-97G's and KC-135's were from the 320th Air Refuelling Squadron.

The Vickers Valiants were from No. 90 Squadron RAF.

The RAF's Hastings were from No. 48 Squadron RAF, while the New Zealand example was from No. 40 Squadron, RNZAF, from Whenuapai

The Neptune was from No. 11 Squadron RAAF

 

1959

Royal New Zealamd Aero Club Pageant
Timaru, 31st of January 1959
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B2

 

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B2

 

WF915

 

WJ605

 

Pilot - S/Ldr Geoff Highet

Bav - F/Lt Colin Hanson

F/Lt Russ Smith

F/Lt Peter Heares

 

 


 

 

 

Gala Air Day - Wellington Airport Opening Day Airshow
Wellington International Airport, Rongotai, Wellington
25th of October 1959

____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF Handley Page Hastings (No. 40 Squadron, RNZAF, from Whenuapai)
NZ580_
RNZAF Short Sunderland (No. 6 Squadron, RNZAF, from Hobsonville)
NZ4113
'M'

Mal Gunton

Robin Klitscher

Ray Tocker

RNZAF de Havilland Vampires (No. 14 Squadron, RNZAF, from Ohakea)

NZ5753

NZ5762

NZ5767

NZ5757

Flt Lt Colin W. Rudd

F/O Peter M. Rhodes

F/O T.E. Enright

F/O Russell Branks

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

RNZAF DHC-2 Antarctic Beaver
NZ6010
RNZAF North American Harvards (CFS Wigram Aerobatic Team plus eight others)

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ59__
RAAF Lockheed Neptune
A89-__

RAAF GAF Canberra B20

RAAF GAF Canberra B20

RAAF GAF Canberra B20

A84-230

A84-244

A84-246

RAAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

A97-207

A97-210
_
_
_
_

_

F/O S.G. Hyland and crew
Passengers included Mr. Elai (Australian Press Relations), and Wing Commander Brazier (C.O. of No. 38 (TT) Squadron RAAF)

USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules

55-0035

55-0042

US Navy C-54 (Operation Deep Freeze,
Christchurch) coded '5'
JD 56528
USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster II (Operation Deep Freeze, Christchurch)
51-0112
USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer
53-0438
USAF North American F-100 Super Sabre
81-222

USAF RF-101 Voodoo FB-040

USAF RF-101 Voodoo FB-050

USAF RF-101 Voodoo FB-084

USAF RF-101 Voodoo FB-094

56-0040

56-0050

56-0084

56-0094

RAF Avro Vulcan B.1 of No. 617 Sqn
_

RAF Avro Vulcan B.1 of No. 617 Sqn

RAF Avro Vulcan B.1 of No. 617 Sqn

XH498
_

XH499

XH502

S/Ldr Tony Smailes
Bob Mitchell and crew

 

F/Lt Peter Thompson DFC

RAF Blackburn Beverley, coded P
XM104
RAF Bristol Britannia C.1
XL638
Harry Liddell
RAF de Havilland Comet C.2 'TAURUS'
XK669
From No. 216 Squadron RAF
RAF Transport Command C-47 Dakota

NAC Douglas DC3

NAC Douglas DC3

ZK-BKD

ZK-BBJ

NAC Vickers Viscount
ZK-BRD
SAFE Air Bristol Freighter
ZK-
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
 
James Aviation Douglas DC3 Topdresser
ZK-AZL
Lockheed L.188 Electra
 
BEA Handley Page Herald
G-AODF
Sqn Ldr Hedley Hazelden (Handley Page's chief test pilot)
Fokker F-27 Friendship demonstrator
VH-TFI
Operated by TAA
Bay of Plenty Airways Aero Commander
ZK-BWA
Piper Apache
Aerial Applications Ltd Spray
ZK-
Lockheed Lodestar (Fieldair?)
ZK-

 

This was a weather-delayed airshow. It was scheduled originally to take place on the 24th of October but had been disrupted by rain and high wind till the next day. The actual official opening ceremony did take place on the 24th but the flying display was delayed till the 25th.

Three Vulcan B.1's of No. 617 Squadron, with an RAF Transport Command Bristol Britannia carrying the support crews, flew from the UK and arrived in New Zealand on the 19th of October 1959. They were based at RNZAF Station Ohakea during their stay in New Zealand. The welcome these bombers and thier support crew got on arrival was described as magnificent, and the Mayor of nearby Palmerston North had put that town's facilities at No. 617 Squadron's disposal.

On the 22nd of October the three Vulcans flew the length of he North and South Islands of new Zealand on a flag waving tour, overflying as many towns and schools as possible, often being directed by requests coming through via the Air Traffic Controllers of where to fly over next. On the 23rd of October the three bombers flew a practice for the air display and then flew a "Vic" formation over Palmerston North.

On the 25th the three Vulcans took part in the air display, but their planned and practiced full routine was dropped due to the gusty weather, so instead the three aircraft did a run in from the south in "Vic" formation. Then one of the three Vulcans, XH498 flown by Squadron Leader Tony Smailes, was meant to break off from the other two aircraft (which were returning to Ohakea) to land at Wellington with the intention of going on static display.

However on approach to land the aircraft encountered a down draft, causing it to sink rapidly and the port undercarriage struck hard on the soft turf at the lip of the airfiled, 150 yards from the concrete runway. This damaged the Vulcan's port undercarriage and wing. Smailes immediately performed an overshoot and then headed straight to Ohakea where an emergency landing was successfully performed on a foam-covered runway, with the undercarriage collapsing but all onboard safely exiting the bomber. This Vulcan remained at Ohakea for some months while repairs were being carried out.

The Sunderland also suffered damage by striking the new runway during their display, caused also by Rongotai's infamous gusts and downdrafts. The Sunderland made it back to Hobsonville with the crew hastily repairing a large hole in the hull en route, which luckily held when they alighted on the harbour. For more on this, click here for a brilliant eye-witness account from the co-pilot, Robin Klitscher.

A USAF Boeing KB-50 aerial tanker was also at Ohakea to sipport the US aircraft but may not have participated in the air display itself. It wore the tail number 0-90326


 

 

RNZAF Open Day
RNZAF Station Ohakea
Labour Day, 26th of October 1959

____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RAF Avro Vulcan B.1 of No. 617 Sqn

RAF Avro Vulcan B.1 of No. 617 Sqn

XH499

XH502

 

F/Lt Peter Thompson DFC

 

This was a station open day held because it was a public holiday and the station had many visiting overseas aircraft at the time. No doubt most RNZAF types and many visitors were seen on static and flying displays but at this stage only the two Vulcans are known to have flown.


 




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