1910's

1920's

1930's

1940's

1950's

1960's

1970's

1980's

1990's

2000's

2010's

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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

 

 

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

 

1960

1961

No. 75 Squadron Solo Canberra Tour
18th to 29th of March 1961
Town Visited
Date
Aircraft
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Stratford

   

Flt Lt Barry Gordon (Pilot)

F/O Peter Pennell (Navigator)

Hamilton  
Kaitaia
 
Kaikohe  
Whangarei
 
Dargarville  
Tauranga
 
Matamata  
Paeroa
 
Thames  
Morrinsville
 
Gisborne  
Wairoa  
Napier  
Hastings
 
Waipukurau  

Former RNZAF Navigator Peter Pennell has sent this memory of his role in a solo Canberra act in 1961.

"In 1961 while at Ohakea I was teamed up with Barry Gordon in a B.12 for a recruitment tour of NZ.   The Red Checkers, accompanied by a Bristol Freighter, toured NZ cities and towns, while we flew in from Ohakea each day 'beating up' two designated towns on the way and putting on quite a display at the airfield where the others were..."  

The towns mentioned above are only thoise where the Red Checkers displayed and stayed on their tour. The list does not include the two other towns per display that Barry Gordon and Peter Pennell 'beat up'. Sadly Peter lost his logbook in a fire so this list is all I have at this stage.

Thanks to Peter Pennell for his memories of these displays.

Gavin Trethewey recalls the following about his solo Canberra display days:

"It was a lovely aeroplane and with a minimal fuel load and no weapons it had a good surplus of power.  It was theoretically not aerobatic, but if you were careful it could do an impressive display of noise with limited aerobatics. 

My standard displays included rolls, an inverted run, a power off loop (pulling up at 400kts with the engines at idle right round the loop). 

If the display commenced from take off, I would start with a roll off the top.  To achieve that we would get airborne, get the gear up but hold the aeroplane right down just above the ground till 190 kts, then a 3 'G' pull up and over. 

Because we had a 4 'G' limit and it was easy to overstress, the gunsight was removed for displays and an accelerometer was fitted in its place so I could monitor the 'G' loading carefully.   Lots of fun.  We always carried a navigator and they were very brave guys to ride through it all."

Thanks to Gavin Trethewey for his memories of displaying the English Electirc Canberra.

Emails from Peter Pennell and Gavin Trethewey


 

1962

RNZAC Pageant, Timaru Airport
17th of March 1962
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

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 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

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ18__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G/C Stan Quill

F/Lt Barrie Reid

F/Lt Barry Flavell

F/Lt Stewart Boys

F/Lt John Buckmaster

 

 

 

 

 

Wings over New Zealand Forum - Barrie Reid Photo Collection thread - Page 22

 

 

RNZAF's 25th Anniversary
1st of April 1962
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 

 

 

 

Apparently displays were made to mark the RNZAF's 25th birthday throughout the country. Does anyone have more details?


 

 

Deep Freeze Open Day
Harewood, Christchurch, 23rd of September 1962
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
US Navy Douglas R4D-8L "Lou Byrd II"

Bu. 17188

Static
US Navy Lockheed Neptune "City of Auckland"
Bu. 140437
Static

US Navy Lockheed C-130BL Hercules morning Jato Rocket take off

US Navy Lockheed C-130BL Hercules afternoon Jato Rocket take off

US Navy Lockheed C-130BL Hercules

US Navy Lockheed C-130BL Hercules
"The Emperor"

US Navy Lockheed C-130BL Hercules
"The Crown"

Bu. 148318
_

Bu. 148318
_

Bu. 148319

Bu. 148320
___________

Bu. 148321
_

Lt. Cdr. Dickerson
Lt. Chapin

Cdr. Feich
Lt. Cdr. Carlson

Static

Static
_

Static
_

US Navy SC-54D
42-725517
Static

Douglas C-124 Globemaster

Douglas C-124 Globemaster

53-2

53-28

Static

Static

 

Notes:

This was the annual Deep Freeze Open Day at the US Navy's Antarctic base at Christchurch International Airport, Harewood, Christchurch.

According to the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand's Journal for November 1962, over 30,000 members of the public attended this event

The AHSNZ Journal also recorded that the Neptune had "numerous kangaroos in unlikely places and a set of miniature footprints leading from access ports and events all round the rear fuselage."

 

AHNZS Journal dated 5th November 1962

 

 

Silver Jubilee Week
6th to 10th of November 1962
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 

 

 

 

This weeklong celebration saw RNZAF aircraft make flypasts of most New Zealand towns, marking 25 years since the Air Force Bill and Air Department Bill were signed by the Governor General on the 6th of November 1937

Week of 6th to 10th of November 1962


 

1963

1964

Opening of Napier Airport
15th of February 1964
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RAF Handley Page Hastings

HJ234

 

RAF Bristol Brittania
XL657
RAF Handley Page Victor
XM716
USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules
55-38
US Navy Douglas R-4D
Operation Deep Freeze
US Douglas C-54Q Rescuemaster
Bu56528
Operation Deep Freeze

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

Sqn Ldr Brian Stanley-Hunt

F/O Graham Robert 'Snow' Lloyd

F/O Kenneth Brooking RAF

Flt Lt Frederick Barry Flavall

Flt Lt Peter McDonald Rhodes

RNZAF English Electric Canberra
NZ6152

Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)

Maurice Mantann (Navigator)

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota
NZ
RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ

Bell B47G Sioux

Bell B47G Sioux

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:
The US Navy 'Operation Deep Freeze" Douglas C-54Q Rescuemaster did a JATO take off. This was a militarised version of the Douglas DC-4 four-engined airliner


 

 

RNZAF Station Ohakea
17th and 18th of February 1964
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

 

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_

 

NZ6110
_

Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)

Maurice Mantann (Navigator)

 

Notes:

Information from Gavin Trethewey's logbook, via Gavin himself

 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Station Ohakea,
22nd of February 1964
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF Auster T7c
NZ1707

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

RNZAF de Havilland DH104 Devon

NZ1804

NZ1812

NZ1813

NZ1816

NZ1817

NZ1819

NZ1821

NZ1827

CFS/FTS

CFS/FTS

CFS/FTS

CFS/FTS

 

CFS/FTS

CFS/FTS

CFS/FTS

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ3546

NZ3551

NZ3553

No. 42 Squadron

No. 42 Squadron

No. 42 Squadron

RNZAF North American Harvard (CFS)

RNZAF North American Harvard (CFS)

RNZAF North American Harvard (CFS)

RNZAF North American Harvard (CFS)

RNZAF North American Harvard (CFS)

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

NZ1065

NZ1066

NZ1075

NZ1085

NZ1060

NZ1058

NZ1076

NZ1078

NZ1079

NZ1080

NZ1083

NZ1091

NZ1098

F/Lt Barrie Reid

S/Ldr Ted Arundel (Solo)

F/Lt Stewart Boys

F/Lt John Canning

CFS Team Reserve Aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RNZAF Short Sunderland MR.5 "Q"
NZ4115
No. 5 Squadron

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

NZ5902

NZ5904

Static

No. 1 Squadron

RNZAF Douglas DC-6
NZ3631
No. 40 Squadron

RNZAF Handley Page Hastings C.3

RNZAF Handley Page Hastings C.3

NZ5802

NZ5803

No. 40 Squadron

No. 40 Squadron

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire FB5

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

NZ5765

NZ5772

NZ5774

NZ5776

NZ5767

NZ5770

NZ5709

NZ5711

NZ5708

NZ5910

No. 75 Sqn Aerobatic Team

No. 75 Sqn Aerobatic Team

No. 75 Sqn Aerobatic Team

No. 75 Sqn Aerobatic Team

 

Static in hangar r/c display

 

 

Static Only

Solo Display

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF English Electric Canberra T.13

RNZAF English Electric Canberra T.13

NZ6102

NZ6103

NZ6104

NZ6105

NZ6106

NZ6107

NZ6108

NZ6109

NZ6110

NZ6111

NZ6151

NZ6152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Static Only

Solo Display

Static Only

Overseas Air Force Visitors

RAF Handley Page Victor

RAF Handley Page Victor

RAF Handley Page Victor

XM715

XM716

XM715

No. 100 Squadron RAF

No. 100 Squadron RAF

No. 100 Squadron RAF, Static

RAF Handley Page Hastings C.4
WJ324
RAF Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C.1
XP446
RAF Blackburn Beverley C.1
XM104
No. 34 Squadron RAF
RAF Bristol Britannia C.1 'Rigel'
XL657
No. 99 Squadron RAF

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

USAF Republic F-105D Thunderchief

61-171

61-212

61-215

62-4224

62-4247

62-4269

18th Tactical Fighter Wing

18th Tactical Fighter Wing

18th Tactical Fighter Wing

18th Tactical Fighter Wing

18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Static

18th Tactical Fighter Wing

USAF Boeing KB-50J

USAF Boeing KB-50J

47-163

49-265

421st Air Refuelling Sqn, Japan

421st Air Refuelling Sqn, Japan

US Navy Lockheed P-3A Orion
150519
VP-46

US Navy Lockheed LC-130F Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules

148318

55-032

55-035

55-038

56-506

56-510

57-480

VX-6, Static

315th Air Div. Kadena, Japan

315th Air Div. Kadena, Japan

315th Air Div. Kadena, Japan

315th Air Div. Kadena, Japan

315th Air Div. Kadena, Japan

817th TCS

USAF C-124A Globemaster II

USAF C-124A Globemaster II

51-127

51-112

MATS, Japan

MATS, Japan

RCAF Canadair CC-106 Yukon
15929

RAAF Locheed P2V-7 Neptune

RAAF Locheed P2V-7 Neptune

RAAF Lockheed PV2-5 Neptune

A89-274

A89-279

A89-312

No. 10 Squadron RAAF

No. 10 Squadron RAAF

No. 11 Squadron RAAF

RAAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules
A97-216
No. 36 Sqn RAAF - Withdrawn
Civil Visitors and Others
Mount Cook Airways Douglas DC-3
ZK-BKD
Brought Brevet Club from Chch
SPANZ Douglas DC-3
ZK-CAW
Static
NAC Douglas DC-3
ZK-AYK
Static

NAC Fokker F-27 Friendship

NAC Fokker F-27 Friendship

NAC Fokker F-27 Friendship

ZKBXA

ZK-BXB

ZK-BXG

Static

Static

Static

Mercury Space Capsule
Static

 

Notes:
The flying display began at 2.30pm

Vampire NZ5770 was set up in No. 4 Hangar and had remote control cables set up so people could move the ailerons, flaps, elevator, dive brakes, rudder and undercarriage.

Devon NZ1817 arrived with the Chief of Air Staff, AVM Ian Morrison

Dakota NZ3551 arrived with the Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Bernard Ferguson, and his wife Lady Ferguson

The six F-105D Thunderchiefs were with the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing in Guam

An F-105D did a high speed run above the cloud breaking the sound barrier with a sonic boom over the base

Supported by Canberras, Vampires and Thunderchiefs, soldiers from the Army parachuted onto the base and attacked a mock fort set up on the airfield which was described in the AHSNZ journal as resembling a Maori pa. Reinforcements then landed in a USAF C-130B.

The RAAF C-130 Hercules A97-216 was withdrawn from the display after suffering engine issues.

It was reported that nearly 10,000 people turned out two days before the airshow simply to watch the practice day!

Information via the Wings over new Zealand Aviation Forum thread on this show, and details from the AHSNZ Journal dated March 1964 via Peter Layne and Brian Lockstone

 

1965

Paraparaumu Air Pageant
Palmerston North Airport, 9th of January 1965
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Douglas C-47 Dakota topdresser

ZK-

 

 

 

National Library Timeframes Photos

 

 

Vampire T.11
Royal New Zealand Aero Club Pageant
Ardmore Airport, 13th of March 1965
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra T.13

NZ615_

 
RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ59__
 

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

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ10__

NZ1058

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Static

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

Flt Lt Barry Flavell

F/O Ross Ewing

F/O Graham Lloyd

Static

US Navy C-54 Skymaster (?)
 
North American P-51D Mustang
ZK-CCG
 
de Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide
ZK-
 

 

 

Whites Aviation Collection at the National Library of New Zealand

 

 

 

The New Zealand Airwoman's Association Air Pageant
Palmerston North Airport, 24th of October 1965
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Bölkow

ZK-CJA

Champion
ZK-BPW
Champion
ZK-BVF
Victa Airtourer
ZK-CDN
Victa Airtourer
ZK-CGN
Cessna C.172A
ZK-BWL
Piper Cherokee
ZK-CEH
Piper Cherokee
ZK-CIM
Piper Cherokee
ZK-CIV
NAC Fokker F.27 Friendship
ZK-BXH
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
ZK-CMV
Neville Worsley
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
ZK-CMW
Neville Worsley
Parachutists
Lockheed Lodestar
ZK-CMX
Druine Turbulant
ZK-BVT
Druine Turbulant
ZK-CAH
Cessna C.180 spray demo
ZK-BEL
Douglas DC-3 Dakota
ZK-APK
Douglas DC-3 Dakota
ZK-BBJ
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
ZK-BBX
glider tug
Skylark IIB glider
ZK-GBY
Piper Pawnee topdressing demo
ZK-CIQ
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
ZK-BGX
Cessna C.185 dropping posts
ZK-CCL
Grumman Ag-Cat
ZK-CLQ
Piper Twin Comanche
ZK-CNL
de Havilland Vampire
NZ5709

 

According to a report by Ray Deerness in the AHNZS Journal dated 7th of February 1966, a total of 49 aircraft attended this event, those listed above were those seen flying during the day, including the scheduled DC-3 airliners

AHNZS Journal dated 7th of February 1966

 

1966

Taupo Airshow
8th of January 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
James Aviation Douglas Dakota
ZK-AZL
Bill Petersen

 

ZK-AZL Appearance Details from Dave Starr who was the Loader Driver that day

 

 

Opotiki Airshow
22nd of January 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
James Aviation Douglas Dakota
ZK-AZL
Bill Petersen

 

ZK-AZL Appearance Details from Dave Starr who was the Loader Driver that day

 

 

 

Auckland International Airport Opening
Mangere , Auckland

29th, 30th and 31st of January 1966
Saturday 29th of January 1966
Flying Programme
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Light Aircraft - Manufacturer's Handling Display
9.30am to 10.00am
Ultra Light Aircraft Club - Druine Turbulent Ultra Light Aircraft handling display
ZK-
Airwork (NZ) Ltd - Piper Twin Commanche handling display
ZK-
Aero Engine Services - Mooney 21 handling display
ZK-
Seabrook Fowlds Ltd - Morane Saulnier Rallye handling display
ZK-
Airwork (NZ) Ltd - Piper Cherokee 6 handling display
ZK-
Victa (NZ) Ltd - Victa 115 aerobatic display
ZK-
Auckland Flying School - Cessna 150 handling display
ZK-
Light Aircraft - Agricultural Aircraft Display
10.30am to 11.00am
James Aviation Ltd - Tiger Moth Aerial Display

ZK-AJO

Dereck 'Bill' Kain

Glen Murray Syndicate - Piper PA18 and

Airwork (NZ) Ltd - Piper Pawnee
Combined Aerial Topdressing Display

ZK-BRN

ZK-
_

Thames Aerial Topdressing Co. - Fletcher James Aviation Ltd - Ceres
Combined Aerial Topdressing Display

ZK-

ZK-

Barr Brothers Cessna 185

Barr Brothers DHC-2 Beaver
Combined Aerial Topdressing Display

ZK-

ZK-
_

Thames Aerial Topdressing Co. - Piper Pawnee Aerial Spraying Display
ZK-
Waitomo Aircraft Co. Ltd - PL-11 Airtruk Aerial Topdressing Display

ZK-CKE

Marine Helicopter Ltd - Hughes Helicopter Aerial Spraying Display

ZK-

Adastra Ltd - Snow Aerial Topdressing Display

ZK-CPG

ZK-CPH

James Aviation - Douglas DC3 Aerial Topdressing Display
ZK-AZL
Bill Petersen
Light Aircraft - Parachute Club, Gliding Club, Helicopter Display
11.30am to 12.00 noon
Combined Parachutes Clubs massed parachute display, 33 parachutists jumping from 2500 feet and landing on dropping zone on airfield
Jumped from
ZK-
Auckland Gliding Club formation gliding display following release at 3000 feet
ZK-
Alexander Helicopter Services helicopter handling display
ZK-
Westland SRN 5 Hovercraft handling display
006
Official Opening
12.30pm
Introductory Remarks by Chairman of Airport Division, Auckland Regional Authority Mr. R. Bennett, MBE
Address by Mr. H.G. Lambie, Chairman Auckland Regional Authority
Address by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Keith J. Holyoake, C.H.
Official opening by His Excellency The Governor General, Brigadier Sir Bernard Ferguson, GCMG, GCVO, DSO, OBE
Combined Aero Clubs and P-51D Mustang Display
1.30pm to 2.00pm
Auckland Aero Club mass take-off followed by a display of Formation Flying, Solo Aerobatics and Synchronised Aerobatics

Jumped from
ZK-

Fox Moth - early passenger aircraft flying display
ZK-
North American P-51D Mustang
ZK-CCG
John MacDonald
Civil Transport Aircraft
Jet Turbine Aircraft and Hovercraft Display
2.20pm to 2.50pm
Air New Zealand Douglas DC8 take-off and climb
ZK-NZA
Captain Frank "Clancy" Kilgour?
British Aircraft Company BAC1-11 take-off and climb
G-ASYE
Westland SRN 5 Hovercraft handling display
006
British Aircraft Corportion BAC1-11 handling display
G-ASYE
Air New Zealand Douglas DC8 handling display
ZK-

Qantas Empire Airways Boeing 707

Qantas Empire Airways Boeing 707

Qantas Empire Airways Boeing 707

VH-EBI

VH-EBJ

VH-EBL

scheduled arrivals from Sydney
Military Aircraft
3.00pm to 4.17pm
A stream take-off of four RAAF Mirages

A3-23

A3-24

A3-25

A3-27

W/C Cedric Thomas RAAF

S/Ldr Doug Johnston RAAF

F/Lt Ian Whisker RAAF

F/Lt Ian Moore RAAF

A formation flypast of 13 Harvards of the RNZAF followed by a co-ordinated solo and formation aerobatic display by four Harvards - see more here

Sqn Ldr Tom Lambert

F/O Roger E. Henstock

Flt Lt Don R. Smith

Trevor Bland

Plus nine other pilots

A landing of a No. 12 Squadron, RAF, Vulcan displaying drag chute
XM650
Flypast by one RNZAF Short Sunderland
NZ4107
D

A flypast of the following aircraft:
1 x RAF Avro Shackleton

1 x RAAF Lockheed Neptune

1 x USAF C-141 Starlifter

1 x RAF de Havilland Comet 4C

(The Shackleton, Neptune and Comet detached and flew to Whenuapai, the C-141 landed at Mangere)

_
_

A89-309

63-8090

XR395

_
_
_

A formation flying and solo aerobatic display by four RAAF Mirages, . The solo Mirage provided a sonic boom, seemingly heard only on the western end of the airport

A3-23

A3-24

A3-25

A3-27

Handling display by a US Navy Lockheed
P-3B Orion of VP-31 (coded RP 40)
152719
Stream take-off by two USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms

63-7626

64-0694

A handling display including take-off by the RAF Vulcan
XM650

A co-ordinated Air/Army tactical display demonstrating the operational deployment of the following aircraft:

1 x RNZAF Auster - Psychological Warfare (i.e. leaflet dropping)

1 x RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota - Paratroop Drop

1 x RNZAF Canberra B(1)12 - Air Strike

1 x RAAF Canberra - Air Strike

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire - Air Strike

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire - Air Strike

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire - Air Strike

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire - Air Strike

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules - Assault Landing - Troops

RAAF Lockheed C-130A Hercules - Assault Landing - Artillery

RNZAF Bristol Freighter - Aerial re-supply

USAF Hercules - Aerial re-supply

RNZAF Bell 47G Sioux - Casualty Evacuation

_
_
_

NZ170_
_

NZ35__
_

NZ6102

A84-237

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ700_
_

A97-216
_

NZ59__
_

 

NZ37__
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Flight Refuelling Demonstration

USAF Boeing KC135 tanker demo

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

 

58-0090A

63-7626A

64-694A

 

320 Bomb Wing, USAF

 

 

USAF HC-97G Stratofreighter
52-2724
 
A landing by the RNZAF Canberra
NZ61__
A Landing and take-off by a Qantas Boeing 707
VH-EB?
Freefall parachute display by the FEAF team from an RAF Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
XR108

A co-ordinated high speed and handling display by

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom

_
_

63-7626A

64-694A

Landing by Qantas Boeing 707
VH-

Formation aerobatic display by four RNZAF Vampires

 

 

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

Flt Lt Larry Olsen

Fg Off Angus Kingsmill

Fg Off Ross Ewing

Fg Off Barry Mitchell

Sunday 30th of January 1966
Programme

Rothmans Air Race - though scheduled for the Sunday, this race was delayed due to low cloud. See below. Sunday seems to have been purely a static day for fans to look over all the visiting aircraft

There was also static and flying display of model aircraft in front of the Air New Zealand Hangar at Mangere from 9.30am to 3.30pm with radio controlled and control line models

   
 
Monday 31st of January 1966
Static Aircraft Park

Rothmans Air Race - Rothmans Tobacco company donated £1000 prize money for a race with staged heats, each with a maximum of six aircraftand being flown from 9.30am onwards through the day. Participating aircraft were to take off and land at Ardmore, the start point of each heat was the main trunk railway line at Wiri, from where they did two laps of the race circuit which was parallel to the main runway and to the south of Auckland International Airport. The finishing line was in front of the Control Tower. Winning aircraft from each heat qulified automatically for the final, which was to be staged between 3.30pm and 4.00pm. The aircraft in the final would take off from Mangere.

However low cloud over Mangere during the opening airshow meant this race was postponed, till March 1966

Aircraft Known to Have Attended
But Were Static or on Airline Duties

RNZAF Douglas DC-6

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules

SAFE Air Bristol Freighter

SAFE Air Bristol Freighter

NAC Douglas DC-3

NAC Douglas DC-3

DCA Douglas DC-3

SPANZ Douglas DC-3

RAAF Vickers Viscount

RAF Bristol Britannia

RAF Bristol Britannia "Capella"

RAF Short Belfast (it brought the Airport's hovercraft to New Zealand)

RAF Avro Shackleton

RAF Avro Shackleton

RAF Avro Vulcan (No. 12 Squadron)

USAF Douglas C-118A Liftmaster

USAF Boeing KC135 tanker

USAF HC-97G Stratofreighter

USAF C-118A

BOAC Cunard Boeing 707

Piper Cherokee

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

Fletcher Fu-24

Cessna C.180

C.310I

Piper Super Cub

Victa 115 Airtourer

Mooney

Piper Pawnee

Ceres

Cessna C.185

Grumman Widgeon

Grumman Widgeon

NZ3631

NZ7001

NZ7002

NZ7003

ZK-CAL

ZK-CLT

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

A6-435

XM498

XM519

XR366
_

WR981/B

WR983/E

XM612

5391

62-3534A

51-7269A

53-3291

G-APFK

ZK-CNI

ZK-CPS

ZK-CML

ZK-CKS

F-OCDN

ZK-COQ

ZK-CMB

ZK-CLB

ZK-CIZ

ZK-BXW

ZK-CAU

ZK-AVM

ZK-BAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


_

 

 

 

 

454 Bomb Wing, USAF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying in and out on air services

Flying in and out on air services

 

Around 300 aircraft from across the world, then valued in total around NZ₤60 million, were on display at Mangere over the three opening days.

If you can add any details of pilots, aircrew members, aircraft serial numbers and civil registrations or any memories from this airshow, please email me

Most details here come from the Official Programme of the Auckland International Airport Opening Airshow sourced from the collection of the late Dereck 'Bill' Kain -- ZK-AZL Appearance Details from Dave Starr who was the Loader Driver that day - Some registrations and serial numbers sourced from photos in the Peter Lewis Collection

 

 

Opening of Hamilton Airport
26th of March 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

James Aviation Tiger Moth

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair 'Josephine'

NAC Fokker F-27 Friendship

James Aviation Douglas DC-3 Dakota

James Aviation Douglas DC-3 Dakota

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

James Aviation Fu-24 Fletcher

Robertsons Air Service Fu-24 Fletcher

Robertsons Air Service Fu-24 Fletcher

Robertsons Air Service Fu-24 Fletcher

Robertsons Air Service Fu-24 Fletcher

Robertson Air Services
Aerocommander Snow S2D-600

Robertson Air Services
Aerocommander Snow S2D-600

Cessna 172A Parachute drop

Cessna 172C Parachute drop

Cessna 172F Parachute drop

Hiller helicopter

Horizon

Mooney

Piper Twin Commanche

Tiger Moth tow plane

Rhönsegler glider

Rhönsegler glider

Skylark glider (aerobatics)

North American P-51D Mustang

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Piper Cherokee

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules

de Havilland Vampire FB5

de Havilland Vampire FB5

de Havilland Vampire FB5

de Havilland Vampire FB5

English Electric Canberra B(I)12

Bell 47G Sioux

ZK-AJO

NZ5648

ZK-BXC

ZK-AZL

ZK-CQA

ZK-BIP

ZK-BIS

ZK-BOD

ZK-BOL

ZK-BVU

ZK-BXT

ZK-CBC

ZK-CCT

ZK-CDX

ZK-CLA

ZK-COB

ZK-CPN

ZK-BDS

ZK-BOC

ZK-CFQ

ZK-CLM

ZK-CPG
_

ZK-CPH
_

ZK-BPS

ZK-CCS

ZK-CHP

ZK-HBF

ZK-BXM

ZK-CPF

ZK-CNL

ZK-BRB

ZK-GEF

ZK-GEM

ZK-GCU

ZK-CCG

ZK-CDP

ZK-CFJ

ZK-CGP

ZK-CHB

ZK-CHE

ZK-CLE

ZK-CMC

ZK-CNI

NZ7001

NZ5753

NZ5754

NZ5770

NZ5772

NZ6102

NZ3702

 

Frank Bish (high speed taxis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


_


_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John MacDonald

John MacDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

This airshow was to mark the opening of the new runway and newly built air terminal at Rukuhia, becoming Hamilton Airport

Frank Bish was meant to do a high speed taxi demo of the newly restored Corsair but actually got airborne accidentally before managing to put it back down on the ground

AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of June 1966 (article by Janic Geelen)

 

 

Napier Aero Club Airshow
21st of May 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Cookson's Cessna 185

Rallye

Turbulent

Mooney

Grumman Ag Cat

Auckland Flying School Cessna 150

Auckland Flying School Cessna 150

Auckland Flying School Cessna 150

Auckland Flying School Cessna 150

Fieldair de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

Fieldair de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver

Piper Twin Comanche

Douglas DC-3 Dakota

Hawkes Bay Gliding Club's Rhönadler

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth towplane

ZK-CAK

ZK-

ZK-CBN

ZK-CFV

ZK-CLQ

ZK-BVY

ZK-BWX

ZK-CHH

ZK-CKS

ZK-CCY

ZK-CMU

ZK-CNL

ZK-

ZK-CDA

ZK-ANP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

In all some fifty aircraft were present, the above mentioned being those in the display. The RNZAF did not take part in this airshow and P-51D Mustang ZK-CCG which was scheduled to perform failed to show due to a faulty battery

Details from a report by J.S. Deans and D.D. Twigg in the 4th of July 1966 edition of the AHSNZ Journal

 

 

Bell UH-1D Iroquois Demonstration
RNZAF Base Wigram, Christchurch, 1st of November 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF Bell UH-1D Iroquois

RNZAF Bell UH-1D Iroquois

NZ3801

NZ3802

 

 

Notes:

This was a public demonstration at Wigram to show off the new helicopters. Following this display the two helicopters flew to Burnham Military Camp and did the same for the soldiers there

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 5th of December 1966

 

 

Dannevirke Air Display
Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay, 11th of December 1966
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

North American P-51D Mustang

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

Lockheed Lodestar

Callair

Rural Aviation Cessna Agwagon

Rural Aviation Cessna Agwagon

Palmerston North Flying School Piper Super Cub (as glider tug)

Rhönesegler

Piper Tripacer (parachutist ship)

Piper Tripacer

Piper Super Cub

Piper Cub J/3

Piper Apache

Piper Apache

Bölkow

Carribean

Traveller

Traveller

ZK-CCG

ZK-CGX

ZK-CKD

ZK-CMV

ZK-CMW

ZK-CMX

ZK-CRB

ZK-CQK

ZK-CQL

ZK-BTL
_

ZK-GCG

ZK-BLB

ZK-BSF

ZK-BPA

ZK-AHC

ZK-BUA

ZK-BYX

ZK-CJI

ZK-BSH

ZK-BPW

ZK-BVF

John MacDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

Rural Aviation'S Cessna Agwagon ZK-CQL was actually on loan to Cooksons Airspread at the time so did not wear Rural livert, whilst ZK-CQK did

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of February 1967

 

1967

Fred Dunn Memorial Pageant
Christchurch International Airport, 26th of February 1967
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

North American P-51D Mustang

Cessna C.172B skydiving ship

Cessna C.172F skydiving ship

Piper Pawnee 235

Zlin Tener Master

Skylark Glider

Skylark Glider

Piper PA.18 glider tug

Piper PA.18 glider tug

Slingsby T-51-17R Dart glider

Piper PA.18

ZK-CCG

ZK-BZU

ZKCKN

ZK-CNT

ZK-CHZ

ZK-GBX

ZK-GCB

ZK-BNL

ZK-BOV

ZK-GEO

ZK-BNO

Ron Fechney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.H. Georgeson

B. Antill

CFS Wigram Team

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ1060

NZ1065

NZ1066

NZ1085

NZ1087

Sqn Ldr Tom Lambert

F/O Roger Henstock

Flt Lt Don R. Smith

Gavin Trethewey

Flt Lt Ken Gayfer

14-Mile Handicap Pylon Race

Canterbury Aero Club Piper Cherokee

Cessna C.150D

Piper PA.28-235

Piper PA.18

Piper PA.28 160

ZK-CNV

ZK-CHI

ZK-CEH

ZK-BOV

ZK-CIM

Pat Scotter (winner)

 

 

 

 

Static Display

Bristo Freighter 'Merchant Porter'

Cessna C.150F/G

Slingsby Dart

NAC Fokker Friendship

Piper PA.18

Tutor

US Navy VX-6 C121J (6/JD)

ZK-AYG

ZK-CSW

ZK-GDV

ZK-BXI

ZK-BYW

ZK-GAC

Bu.131624

 

 

Notes:

This pageant was held to raise financial assistance for the widow and two children of the late Frederick Murray Dunn who had been killed in a gliding accident at the Eyrewell State Forest near Christchurch on the 4th of May 1966 on a test fllight of Slingsby 17R Dart ZK-GEN.

It was decided that this would be the last airshow or pageant to be held at Christchurch International Airport, due to increased airline and civil traffic. However they did have a large airshow there later in 1987.

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 1st of May 1967

 

 

Southern Districts Aero Club Rally
Gore Airport, 26th of February 1967
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

North American P-51D Mustang

Rallye (aerobatic display)

Victa Airtourer (aerobatic display)

Piper Super Cub (crazy flying)

Cropmaster (topdressing display)

Cessna Agwagon (topdressing display)

Fletcher Fu24 (topdressing display)

Fletcher Fu24 (topdressing display)

Slingsby Dart

Schleicher Ka-6CR

Airedale

Piper Cherokee

Piper Cherokee

Piper Cherokee

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Cessna C.170

Cessna C.180

Cessna C.180

Cessna C.180

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth 'Song of the South'

Piper Super Cub

Piper Tripacer

Piper Tripacer

Piper Apache

Colt

de Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide

Piper Pawnee

Cropmaster (in pieces)

Auster

Auster

Mooney21

ZK-CCG

ZK-CDF

ZKCGM

ZK-BQZ

ZK-CPW

ZK-COS

ZK-CLV

ZK-CMM

ZK-GDW

ZK-GEY

ZK-CCW

ZK-CNU

ZK-CNS

ZK-CIS

ZK-CLH

ZK-CHF

ZK-BJT

ZK-BJY

ZK-BMS

ZK-BJB

ZK-BLI

ZK-BSN

ZK-CCH

ZK-BWG

ZK-BLA

ZK-BLF

ZK-BUA

ZK-BYP

ZK-ALB

ZK-CED

ZK-CLW

ZK-BJL

ZK-BDY

ZK-CFK

Ron Fechney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Hanlon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourist Air Travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 1st of May 1967

 

 

RNZAC Pageant
New Plymouth, 4th and 5th of March 1967
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF Bell UH-1D Iroquois

RNZAF Bell UH-1D Iroquois

RNZAF Bell 47D Sioux

RNZAF Bell 47D Sioux

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire T.11

RNZAF Short Sunderland

RNZAF Lockheed P-3B Orion

Bristol 170 Freighter

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Cessna Agwagon

Fletcher Fu-24

Cessna 310G

Taranaki Gliding Club Rhönelerche II

de Havilland DH60 Gipsy Moth Racer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Auckland Aero Club Victa Airtourer

Zlin Tener Master

Piper PA-18 novelty act

North American P-51D Mustang

NZ3804

NZ3805

NZ3704

NZ3705

NZ5709

NZ4113

NZ4202

NZ5902

NZ7001

ZK-COJ

ZK-CTH

ZK-CFG

ZK-GCI

ZK-AEJ

ZK-CGP

ZK-CMC

ZK-CME

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-CHZ

ZK-BTX

ZK-CCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John MacDonald

CFS Wigram Team

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ1060

NZ1065

NZ1066

NZ1085

NZ1087

Sqn Ldr Tom Lambert

F/O Roger Henstock

Flt Lt Don R. Smith

Gavin Trethewey

Flt Lt Ken Gayfer

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

NZ6102

NZ6103

NZ6105

NZ6106

NZ6108

NZ6110

NZ6111

six-ship

six-ship

six-ship

six-ship

six-ship

solo

six-ship

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

NZ5753

NZ5770

NZ5772

NZ5774

Sqn Ldr Colin Rudd

Sqn Ldr Trevor Bland

Fg Off Murray Whineray

?

 

Notes:

This pageant marked the official opening of the new Browns Road Airport at New Plymouth which superceded the Bell Block Aerodrome

20,000 people and 187 aircraft attended this two day air event

This was the last public air display by an RNZAF Short Sunderland and following an earlier demonstration in the day the type also closed the show as a final farewell

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 1st of May 1967

 

 

RNZAF Public Air Display
No. 75 Squadron Exercise, Rotorua Airport, 15th of October 1967
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

Multiple

 

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12

Multiple

 

RNZAF Bell UH-1D Iroquois
NZ38??
 

 

Notes:

This air display was put of for the Rotorua Public while No. 75 Squadron were on a one-week long exercise to test its mobility, camping at the Rotorua Airport with Vampires, Canberras and an Iroquois

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 5th of February 1968

 

1968

Outward Bound Spectacular
Ardmore Aerodrome, 12th of February 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Tourist Air travel Gumman Widgeon

ZK-CFA

Carrying the Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt, and Lady Porritt

Thunderbird 'Steve Tracey'

ZK-

Captain Fred Ladd

Airtruk

Airtruk

Airtruk

Airtruk

Airtruk

Airtruk

ZK-CTT

ZK-CVA

ZK-CVE

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

James Aviation Douglas C-47 Dakota
ZK-AZL
Fu-1060
ZK-CTZ
Cessna C.402
ZK-CSZ
Cessna C.177
ZK-CTA

Cessna C.150

Cessna C.150

Cessna C.150

Cessna C.150

Cessna C.150

ZK-BVY

ZK-BYM

ZK-CKW

ZK-CSW

ZK-CKS

Cessna C.172 (Paradrop ship)

Cessna C.172 (Paradrop ship)

ZK-BZU

ZK-CKZ

Glider

Glider

Glider

ZK-G

ZK-G

ZK-G

 

Piper Pawnee Glider Tug

Piper Pawnee Glider Tug

ZK-BWS

ZK-CEB

Hiller UH-12E
ZK-HBT
Cessna Skymaster
ZK-CGF
Victa Airtourer
ZK-
solo aerobatics

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

Formation

Bölkow
ZK-CJB
Piper Cub (Banner Tow)
ZK-
RNZAF North American Harvard
NZ10__

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

NZ57__

 

Notes:

The Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt, and Lady Porritt, were present.

Captain Fred Ladd arrived dangling from a rope beneath a helicopter, dressed as Steve Tracey of Thunderbirds!

This fundraiser for the Outward Bound organisation brought in around $10,000 from the gate takings - a very good sum back then

The Airtruks, Dakota and Fu-1060 all gave handling demos and topdressing displays. One of the Airtruks took off and spiralled upwards to about 2000 feet and levelled off right above where it had taken off from. The six Airtruks also flew in close formation together.

Details from a report from N.S. Drake in the AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of May 1968

 

 

North Shore Air Display
North Shore Aerodrome, Dairy Flat, 24th of February 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
 

North Shore Aero Club Piper Cub

North Shore Aero Club Piper Cub

North Shore Aero Club Piper Cub

ZK-BKU

ZK-BQQ

ZK-BTV

Cessna C.172 (Paradrop ship)

ZK-CHT

Cessna C.150 (Paradrop ship)

ZK-CCK

Cessna C.185 (Paradrop ship)
ZK-CGC

Piper Tripacer (Paradrop ship)

ZK-BSB

Piper Super Cub
ZK-BPM

Druine Turbulent

Druine Turbulent

ZK-CGT

ZK-CQC

Minicab
ZK-CLS
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
ZK-ATC

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

ZK-

ZK-

RNZN Westland Wasp
NZ3901
RNZAF North American Harvard
NZ1013

RNZAF Lockheed P-3B Orion

NZ4205

 

Notes:

Marking the opening of the North Shore Aero Club's new airfield. A total of 56 aircraft attended, and they had a mass flypast of 22 aeroplanes

Details from a report from N.S. Drake and C.C. Kell in the AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of May 1968

 

 

Fairlie Flyer Farewell Display
Timaru-Fairlie Line, 2nd of March 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Victa Airtourer

ZK-CDC

 

Piper Super Cub

ZK-BQU

 

Cessna C.172
ZK-BWZ
 
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-BFH
 

 

Notes:

On the final run of the railway service known as the Fairlie Flyer, on the line between Timaru and Fairlie, the passengers on this special farewell excursion were treated to aerobatics from first the Airtourer as they moved through Levels station. A little further along they got another aerobatic display from the Super Cub. All the way along the track to Fairlie the Cessna was circling above. And at Fairlie Station where a ceremony was held, just after the "Ballad of the Fairlie Flyer" music died away the Tiger Moth appeared and gave an aerobatic demo too. As the train left Fairlie for the return trip to Timaru, the Cessna made repeated low runs from back to front over the train.

The Timaru-Fairlie line closed the next day, on the 3rd of March 1968.

Details from a report from D.G. Moran in the AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of May 1968

 

 

RNZAC Air Pageant
Invercargill Airport, 8th and 9th of March 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Hauraki Aero Club DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-BFH

Ian Ritchie ('how not to fly' demo)

Grumman Mallard
ZK-CDV
Grumman Widgeon
ZK-AVM

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

ZK-CKJ

ZKCLN

ZK-CLV

ZK-CMO

ZK-COA

Southland Gliding Club Rhönlerche

Southland Gliding Club Rhönsegler

Southland Gliding Club Dart

ZK-GBO

ZK-GEY

ZK-GEA

Helicopters
ZK-
RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules
NZ7002

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

RNZAF Red Checkers Harvard

NZ1060

NZ1065

NZ1066

NZ1085

NZ1087

NZ1096

Flt Lt Robin Klitscher

Flt Lt John Hosie

Flt Lt Ross Ewing

Flt Lt Bruce Johnston

Flt Lt Ken Gayfer

Spare

RNZAF Vampire T.11

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

RNZAF Vampire FB.5

NZ5708

NZ5753

NZ5757

NZ5767

NZ5776

Static due to weather

Static due to weather

Static due to weather

Static due to weather

Static due to weather

RNZAF Canberra B(1)12
_

RNZAF Canberra T.13

NZ6111
_

NZ6151

Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ1813

NZ1821

Static

Static

Emeraude

ZK-CBP

Half constructed in hangar

Cessna C.170
ZK-BLS
Present, but not displayed

Cessna C.172

Cessna C.172

Cessna C.172

Cessna C.172

Cessna C.172

Cessna C.172

ZK-BPS

ZK-BWZ

ZK-BZT

ZK-CCI

ZK-CDJ

ZK-COJ

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Cessna C.180
ZK-BFU
Present, but not displayed
Cessna C.182H
ZK-DCC
Present, but not displayed
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk
ZK-ARL
Present, but not displayed
Rallye
ZK-CKL
Present, but not displayed

Mooney

Mooney

ZK-CKF

ZK-CLB

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

ZK-BKH

ZK-BNS

ZK-BQU

ZK- BQZ

ZK-BTU

ZK-BWG

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Piper Tripacer
ZK-BYZ
Present, but not displayed

Piper Cherokee

Piper Cherokee

ZK-CIS

ZK-CNQ

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

ZK-CDO

ZK-CHF

ZK-CLE

ZK-CPA

ZK-CPB

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

Present, but not displayed

 

Notes:

This Pageant was sadly marred by heavy rain brought in from a tropical storm. The aero club competitions held on Friday the 8th were restricted due to weather. There was heavy rain overnight and on the morning of Saturday the 9th, so only a limited air display was held on Saturday afternoon.

One of the Canberras took off, performed a flypast and then went directly back to Ohakea as the runway was too wet to land safely. It's not clear which flew and which remained static.

The six Harvards mentioned were all there but the column of serials may not necessarily equte directly with each pilot beside that number. The spare aircraft pilot's name is also unknown.

A Lockheed orion was scheduled to turn up and display but the attrocious weather prevented this happening

Details from a report in the AHSNZ Journal dated 6th of May 1968

 

 

Tauranga Air Pageant
Tauranga Airport, 6th of April 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

NAC Fokker F-27 Friendship

ZK-BXH

 

James Aviation Turbo-Fletcher

ZK-CTZ

 

Sky Travel Cessna C.402
ZK-CSZ
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-ALM
Ralleye (Crazy Flying)
ZK-CGS
W. Christopherson
Piper Apache
ZK-BYB

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

Victa Airtourer

ZK-CFJ

ZK-CLE

ZK-CMC

ZK-CME

Adastra Snow

Adastra Snow

ZK-CPQ

ZK-CPK

Cessna C.185 (Parachute Drop)
ZK-CKU
RNZAF Lockheed P-3B Orion
NZ4203

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ57

NZ57

NZ5708

NZ5771

Sqn Ldr John Scrimshaw

F/O Mike Callanan

Flt Lt Roger Henstock

F/O Ross Ewing

RNZAF English Electric Canberra
NZ6103
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

The National Airways Corporation gave rides to Intellectually Handicapped and Crippled Children

Details from a report from Janic Geelen in the AHSNZ Journal dated 1st of July 1968

 

 

 

Marlborough Aero Club 40th Anniversary Display
Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, 13th of April 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH60 Moth 'Racing'

ZK-AEJ

K.Gordon Reader

Avro Avian

ZK-ACM

 

Bell Jet Ranger
ZK-HCA

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 DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-AJM

ZK-ANP

ZK-APM

ZK-AUZ

ZK-BAL

ZK-BFG

ZK-BLQ

ZK-BRC

ZK-BUO

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-BRG
J E. Moon
R Handley (Wing Stand)
Bleriot XI 'Britannia' iReplica
Static
Simmonds Sparton
ZK-ACM

De Havilland Moth Minor

De Havilland Moth Minor

ZK-AKM

ZK-BFP

Rearwin
ZK-AKF

Piper Cherokee

Piper Cherokee

ZK-CUD

ZK-CUE

Piper Super Cub
ZK-BKJ
Ralleye
ZK-CDC

Percival Proctor V

Percival Proctor V

Percival Proctor V

ZK-AQJ

ZK-AQZ

ZK-ARP

Taylorcraft
ZK-BSW

Auster

Auster

ZK-AZU

ZK-BMD

Druine Turbulent

Druine Turbulent

Druine Turbulent

ZK-BVT

ZK-CAC

ZK-CAH

Piper Pawnee

Piper Pawnee

Piper Pawnee

ZK-CEI

ZK-CNA

ZK-BJZ

 

 

Hangared, static

 

Notes:

The Marlborough Aero Club was formally constituted on the 4th of July 1928, but this event was arranged to fall on Easter Weekend

The Tiger Moth wing stand (wing walker) act where R. Handley stood strapped to a stand on top of the Tiger Moth's fuel tank was said to be a first for New Zealand

A replica of the Bleriot XI Monoplane 'Britannia' was constructed, fitted with a Gipsy Major engine, and was planned simulate a take off and suddenly break in half, as a joke to amuse the crowd. However this was to be later in the programme and while it was merely being towed around (accompanied by the theme to Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines) the wind caught it and it actually began to take off. The aircraft's undercarriage was damaged and so the planned take off and break apart never happened.

Details from a report from D.N. Peters in the AHSNZ Journal dated the 3rd of June 1968

 

 

 

Air Display
Kaikohe, 8th of May 1968
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6110
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

 

RNZAF Air Display, Tauranga
Exercise Red Robin, Tauranga Airport, 15th of September 1968
____________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

NZ5707

NZ5709

NZ5710

NZ5711

NZ5753

NZ5755

NZ5765

NZ5767

NZ5774

NZ5776

In Air Display

In Air Display

In Air Display

Static

In Air Display

Static

In Air Display

In Air Display

In Air Display

In Air Display

RNZAF Auster J/5
NZ1702
RNZAF North American Harvard
NZ1079

DCA Cessna C.182

Bolkow

Mooney

Ralleye

Snow

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

NAC Fokker F-27 Friedship

ZK-DCD

ZK-CJE

ZK-CFV

ZK-CCS

ZK-CPG

ZK-CBC

ZK-CBD

ZK-BXC

Piper Tripacer (Air Force Officer parachuted from this aircraft)
ZK-BLE

 

Notes:

This display marked Battle of Britain Day, and was incorporated into No. 75 Squadron's Exercise Red Robin.

Six local civilian aero club aircraft started the display, which ones is not known.

Then the RNZAF Auster, sporting a new green/brown camouflage was put through its paces doing very low flying, demonstrating the effectiveness of the camo against trees, etc.

Harvard NZ1079 then did an aerobatic display.

Then the Vampires took to the air, except for NZ5711 and NZ5755 which were both on static display duties for the crowd. The eight flying Vampires flew a line abreast display, then two of them broke from the formation and performed a mock dogfight, with NZ5765 pretending to have been shot down, trailing smoke as it disappeared behind trees. The other six then flew over in two vee formations, before the dogfighters rejoined them and the eight came over again in an arrow formation.

The display was concluded when an Air Force officer parachuted from the Piper Tripacer ZK-BLE.

Details from a report from Janic Geelen in the AHSNZ Journal dated 1st of July 1968

 

1969

Wairoa 60th Anniversary
Wairoa, 26th of January 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6102
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

RNZAC Air Pageant
Tauranga Airport, 22nd of February 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Digby Ellis (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
Te Awamutu, 23rd of February 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Kevin Jones (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Wanganui Festival
Wanganui, 9th of March 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Whenuapai Open Day
RNZAF Base Whenuapai, 1st of May 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)
RNZAF English Electric Canberra T13
NZ61__
Arthur Dovey (Pilot)

 

Notes:

Arthur Dovey says:

"On looking back thru' the logbook I see a Canberra T13 display
rehearsal at Whenuapai in May 69 followed by a solo display for a
Whenuapai Open Day but I don't remember that at all."

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
New Plymouth, 4th of May 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
RNZAF Station Ohakea, 8th of May 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
Kerikeri, 16th of August 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6102
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
Fielding, 20th of September 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Ian Filsell (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Cook Bicentenary
Gisborne, 11th of October 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6110
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.5

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.5

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.5

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.5

de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.5

NZ57

NZ57

NZ57

NZ57

NZ57

Sqn Ldr John Scrimshaw

Lt Cmd Fred P. Myers (USN)

F/Lt Ken Gayfer

F/Lt Graeme Robert Thomson

F/O Ross Ewing (solo)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

Air Display
RAF Tengah, Singapore, 3rd of November 1969
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF English Electric Canberra B(1)12 Solo Display_
NZ6105
_
Gavin Trethewey (Pilot)
Mike Hill (Navigator)

 

Notes:

 

Info from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

 


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