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

 

 

 

1950

Air Pageant
Paraparaumu Aerodrome, 22nd of January 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
WAC de Havilland DHC1 Chipmunk
ZK-ARL

Bill Anderson

WAC Miles Magister
ZK-
WAC Vega Gull
ZK-
Des Lynskey

Percival Proctor

Percival Proctor

Percival Proctor

Percival Proctor

Percival Proctor

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

Tom Cadwallader

 

 

Auster

ZK-

 

Notes:

The event started with a massed take off and formation flight of the Vega Gull, five Proctors, the Chipmunk, the Magister, an Auster and three Tiger Moths.

Brian Mussen made two parachute jumps.

Two Tiger Moths had a dogfight.

The CFI Ivan 'Jack' Rawnsley did a demonstration of crazy flying, but what in is not known.

Tom Cadwallader demonstrated shooting tethered balloons with a shotgun from a Tiger Moth. Whether he weas also flying or was passenger is not known. he hit all but one.

The Auster did an air drop of sand bags from 200 feet.

One competition was flown, details not stated, with the results being Eric Liverton, Tony Sturrock and Les Haines taking the honours.

The crowd numbered around 3000 people.

Thanks to Charles Davis for supplying information about this event.


 

 

Kaitaia Aero Club Air Pageant
Kaitaia Aerodrome, 25th of February 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
Beech C17 Staggerwing

ZK-

 

Notes:

14 aircraft apparently took part.

There was ballon bursting, a height-guessing competition, crazy flying, a dead stick formation landing, passenger flights, dogfights, a bombing display by pilots Prentice and Gallagher, and Prentice put on an aerobatic display that incluided the 'falling leaf' manoeuvre.

Brian Mussen made two parachute jumps.


 

 

Taieri Air Pageant
Taieri Aerodrome, 26th of February 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

4 TAF RNZAF Harvard

4 TAF RNZAF Harvard

4 TAF RNZAF Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Haviiland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

R.G. Bush

 

 

 

 

 

Chrislea Ace
ZK-
Miles Whitney Straight
ZK-
Auster
ZK-
Miles Magister
ZK-

NAC de Havilland Dominie (Joy Rides)

NAC de Havilland Dominie (Joy Rides)

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

K. Brown of Christchurch made a parachute jump.

In one display R.Bush showed off picking up flags off the ground during extremely low level flight using a stick onhis wingtip that was practically grazing the grass.

 

 

 

Canterbury Aero Club Air Pageant
Harewood Aerodrome, 26th of March 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

Canterbury Aero Club de Havilland Tiger Moth
ZK-
Airwork de Havilland Tiger Moth
ZK-

 

Notes:

14 aircraft apparently took part.

There was balloon bursting, a height-guessing competition, crazy flying, a dead stick formation landing, passenger flights, dogfights, a bombing display by pilots Prentice and Gallagher, and Prentice put on an aerobatic display that incluided the 'falling leaf' manoeuvre.

Brian Mussen made two parachute jumps.


 

 

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

NZ

 

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

 

Notes:
An Air Force Day as part of Battle of Britain Week commemorating ten years since the Battle of Britain.

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."


 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Stations Whenuapai and Hobsonville, 16th of September 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Gloster Meteor III _

NZ6001 _

S/Ldr J.R. Wenden

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 Douglas C-47 Dakota

No. 41 Squadron Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ3544

NZ3545

NZ3547

NZ3548

NZ3550

NZ35??

NZ35??

No. 42 Squadron Miles Aerovan
NZ1751

No. 75 Squadron Mosquito

No. 75 Squadron Mosquito

NZ2308

NZ2349

No. ? Squadron de Havilland Devon
NZ1802
No. 1 (Auckland) Squadron Mustang
NZ2406
TEAL Short Solent
ZK-AMN
Pan Am Douglas DC-4
N88946
Static or usual airline service?
Grumman TBF-1 Avenger
NZ2503
Static(?)
Supermarine Seafire XV
SW853
Static at Hobsonville

 

Notes:
An Air Force Day as part of Battle of Britain Week commemorating ten years since the Battle of Britain.

The Meteor obviously arrived from Ohakea after displaying there the same day (see entry above)

One of the Mosquitoes arrived from Taieri, flown by F/O R.J. Scott (Pilot) and F/Lt J.D. Garrett (Navigator) after attempting to break a speed record. See next entry.

Aircraft from the Auckland, Waikato, Piako, Thames, Rotorua and Tauranga Aero Clubs all gathered at Mangere and then flew en masse to arrive together at Whenuapai, most landing there. Many of the aero club aircraft plus an NAC Lockheed Lodestar were selling joyrides to the crowd.

It was estimated around 10,00 people attended this show.

The flying display commenced at 2.30pm. It included team aerobatics, supply-dropping, dive bombing, gliding and topdressing.

 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Station Taieri, 16th of September 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moths

NZ? _

 

No. 41 Squadron Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ35??

Avro Anson
NZ

No. 75 Squadron Mosquito
_

No. 75 Squadron Mosquito

NZ23
_

NZ23

F/O R.J. Scott (Pilot)
F/Lt J.D. Garrett (Navigator)

 

Airspeed Oxford
NZ
No. 1 (Auckland) Squadron Mustang
NZ2406
Auster
NZ17??

 

Notes:
An Air Force Day as part of Battle of Britain Week commemorating ten years since the Battle of Britain.

The Mosquito flown by Scott and Garrett set off at 1.00pm from Taieri to attempt to set a speed record for distance to Whenuapai. It missed the record by 2 minutes.

Aerobatic displays were flown in the Harvards and Tiger Moths.

Tiger Moths dropped smoke bombs on a small building , and Harvards simulated strafing runs. Thunderflashes were used to give it an authentic atmosphere.

Tiger Moths also chased weather balloons and popped them with their propellers.

A Dakota dropped supply canisters attached to parachutes.

A handicap air race was held with four laps over a triangle course. First off was an Auster, then a Tiger Moth, then an Anson, followed by an Oxford and finally a Harvard. The Anson won, Harvard second, Auster and Tiger Moth third equal in a dead heat, and the Oxford came last.

The Drum and Bugle Band of the Dunedin Air Training Corps Squadron paraded and played music during the flying displays.

 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Stations Wigram, 16th of September 1950
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

North American Harvard CFS Team

North American Harvard CFS Team

North American Harvard CFS Team

NZ

NZ

NZ

F/L Ron Nairn

F/L James O'Donnell

F/L N. Lawson

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

North American Harvard 9-Ship

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

S/L R Watson

F/L C Berryman

F/L K Sawyer

F/L R Mackinder

F/L Ron Nairn

F/L Noel Hanna

P/O John Waugh

Pilot III Harold Moss

F/O P Goddard

North American Harvard Solo Aeros
NZ
Pilot II McGloin

North American Harvard Drogue Tow

North American Harvard Drogue Tow

North American Harvard Drogue Tow

NZ

NZ

NZ

S/L J R Maling

F/L Jimmy O'Donnell

F/L N, Lawson

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
NZ
S/L Alwyn Parlane
Avro Anson
NZ
F/L H.L. Doyle

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford

NZ

NZ

NZ

S/L K L Fuller

F/L Stan Browne

Pilot II McGloin

 

Notes:
An Air Force Day as part of Battle of Britain Week commemorating ten years since the Battle of Britain.

 

 

Christchurch 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)

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

No. 3 Sqn TAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

de Havilland DH89 Dominie
RAAF Avro Lincoln
A73-8
BCPA Douglas DC-6
VH-BPA
QANTAS Lockheed Super Constellation
VH-EAC
Known as "Harry Hawker"
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth Towplane
ZK-
Glider
ZK-
S.H. Georgeson

 

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

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Air Pageant
Christchurch Airport, 3rd of March 1951
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

NZ

 

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
Percival Proctor
ZK-
Auster
ZK-
Miles Whitney Straight
ZK-
DHC1 Chipmunk
ZK-
Miles Gemini
ZK-
Glider
ZK-

 

Notes:


 

 

1952

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

No. 14 Squadron de Havilland Vampire

No. 14 Squadron de Havilland Vampire

No. 14 Squadron de Havilland Vampire

No. 14 Squadron de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

W/C John Checketts

S/L Max Hope

F/O John Waugh

Static

No. 75 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito
-

No. 75 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito

No. 75 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito

No. 75 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito

NZ2334
-

NZ23__

NZ23__

NZ23__

Pilot - Sgt Rod Dahlberg
Navigator - Sgt McBean

 

 

 

 

Notes:

This was the debut airshow for the RNZAF's new Vampire fighter jets


 

 

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.


 

 

Air Force Day, Wigram
RNZAF Station Wigram, 8th of March 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ


 

North American P-51D Mustang 3 TAF

NZ23??

F/L P. Berryman

de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

NZ23-

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota 41 Sqn

NZ

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

NZ

F/L D.M. Hutton (Captain)

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

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

Around 14,000 people attended


 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Waikato Aero Club Air Pageant
Rukuhia Aerodrome, 19th of October 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

G.M. 'Tony' Firth

 

During a display of bombing a moving vehicle, Waikato Aero Club President Tony Firth accidentally crashed into the car he was trying to flour bomb. Firth and the car's driver, the club's engineer Mr. J.O. Clausen, were both uninjured. But nthe car and the Tiger Moth were both badly damaged.


 

 

Tauranga Aero Club Air Pageant
Tauranga Aerodrome, Mount Maunganui, 29th of November 1952
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

H.B. Swan

 

18 visiting aircraft joined the Tauranga Aero Club aeroplanes in an air pageant organised in aid of the Mount Maunganui Queen Carnival.

During a display H.B. Swan of the New Plymouth Aero Club force landed into scrub on the edge of the aerodrome, and his club Tiger Moth's undercarriage was badly damaged and the propeller broken.


 

 

1953

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Air Pageant
Invercargill, 13th and 14th of February 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

RNZAF de Havilland Devon
NZ
RNZAF Handley Page Hastings
NZ
No 4 Sqn TAF North American P-51D
NZ
Airwork NZ Ltd Miles Aerovan
ZK-AWW
Percival Proctor
ZK-
Grumman Widgeon
ZK-
Auster
ZK-

Miles Magister

Miles Magister

ZK-

ZK-

Canterbury Aero Club

Canterbury Aero Club

Miles Messenger
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club
de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club
ZK-

 

More than 50 aircraft from around NZ took part, but wind gusting to over 40 mph curtailed a lot of the flying programme.


 

 

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.


 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Station Wigram, 14th of March 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

3 TAF RNZAF Mustang (handicap race)

3 TAF RNZAF Mustang

3 TAF RNZAF Mustang

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

RNZAF Harvard (handicap race)

RNZAF Harvard CFS Team

RNZAF Harvard CFS Team

RNZAF Harvard CFS Team

RNZAF Harvard (Parachute Supply Drop)

RNZAF Harvard (Parachute Supply Drop)

RNZAF Harvard (Parachute Supply Drop)

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

RNZAF DH Devon (handicap race)

RNZAF DH Devon

RNZAF DH Devon

RNZAF DH Devon

RNZAF DH Devon

RNZAF DH Devon

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

 
RNZAF Auster (handicap race) (Winner)
NZ
W/C Stan Quill (CO 1FTS)
RNZAF Tiger Moth (handicap race)
NZ
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 

ZK-

 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

This Open Day show featured a 28-aircraft formation flypast (1 x Auster leading, with 18 x Harvards, 6 x Devons and 3 x Mustangs).

There was a three-circuit handicap air race between an Auster, a Harvard, a Devon and a Mustang.

Three Harvards did formation aerobatics, so undoubtedly this was the CFS Aerobatic Team.

And an Army-Air Force joint display saw Bofors light anti-aircraft guns and other armament defending a postion from the Army, so they called in the Air Force. Three Harvards dropped parachute supplies to the soldiers, then three Mustangs strafed the artillery, followed by eight Harvards making bombing attcks on the enemy position. The Harvard bombers were late in arriving and when they attacked the friendly Army forces had already overrun the position!

More than 5,000 people attended this open day.


 

 

Levels Airport Opening Pageant
Levels, Timaru, 12th of September 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 

NZ

 

 

 


 

 

Walsh Air Pageant
RNZAF Station Whenuapai, 17th of 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/C Cumming RAAF
English Electric Canberra (No. 540 Sqn)
WE139

F/L Roland 'Monty' Burton AFC*

F/L Don Gannon DFC

BEA Vickers Viscount
G-AMAV
Pan American Airways Douglas DC-4
EoN Olympia 2B glider
ZK-GAA
James Aviation Auster
ZK-AYQ
James Aviation Fairchild Argus
ZK-ASZ
James Aviation Percival Proctor
ZK-ALS
ZK-
ZK-

 

 


 

 

Otago Aero Club Air Pageant
Levels, Timaru, 12th of December 1953
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

Arthur Parry of RNZAF Station Wigram made his 221st parachute jump during this pageant, jumping freefall from the wing of a Tiger Moth


 

 

1954

Roxburgh Air Pageant
Roxburgh, 27th of February 1954
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

 


 

 

Opotiki Air Pageant
Opotiki, 31st of October 1954
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-AJU

Russell Hilder

Neville Sidney Parkinson

Auster
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

This pageant was put on by parachutist Brian Musson.

During the event the Tauranga Tiger Moth ZK-AJU was bring flown by Russell Hilder with Neville Parkinson as passenger, when on approach to landing a stall turn developed into a spin. The aircraft crashed in a paddock off the end of the airfield. Parkinson was killed and Hilder badly injured. The crash site was hard to access so Musson parachuted from an Auster to render first aid.

 

 

Christhurch Parachute Club Air Display
Christchurch Airport, 22nd of August 1954
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
F/O Ron Alexander

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

NZ

NZ

F/L P. Frame

F/O Ted Arundel

Unknown but maybe Tiger Moth
ZK-
J.D. Neave (Flew aerobatics)

 

Four parachute jumps were made in four hours on this Sunday afternoon event.

The jumpers included Mr John Regan (a guest jumper visiting from Auckland), a young nurse from Burwood, and a Dutchman living in Christchurch.

John Regan had been an aircrew member in the wartime RNZAF, and was now a fitter with TEAL.

Ron Alexander flew each of the parachutists up to their jump height.


 

 

Harewood Air Pageant
Christchurch Airport, 14th of November 1954
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

An advert said this event included parachute jumping, aerobatics, aerial topdressing, gliding displays, model aeroplane flying, flights over the city in NAC Douglas airliners and Canterbury Aero Club aircraft.


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

Air Force Day, Ohakea
RNZAF Station Ohakea, 19th of February 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

NZ1067

NZ1083

NZ1094

F/L B. Rachinger RAAF

F/L G. Shearer

F/O L. Holdgate

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

RNZAF North American P-51D Mustang

NZ24??

NZ24??

NZ24??

NZ24??

NZ24??

NZ24??

NZ24??

F/L Mike Daniell (3TAF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

F/O Stuart McIntyre

Flt Lt Michael Beavis RAF

F/O Alan Dyer

Sgt James "Jim" Shaw

RNZAF 40 Sqn Handley Page Hastings
NZ

RNZAF 41 Sqn Bristol Freighter

RNZAF 41 Sqn Bristol Freighter

RNZAF 41 Sqn Bristol Freighter

NZ

NZ

NZ

RNZAF 42 Sqn DouglasC-47 Dakotas
NZ
RNZAF 42 Sqn de Havilland Devons
NZ
RAAF English Electric Canberra
A

F/L G.G. Kilsby (Pilot)

F/L G. Hughes

RAAF Lockheed Neptune
A
F/L R.E. Graham (Pilot)

 

The crowd was reported as 17,000 people.

There was a flypast of 40 aircraft to open the two and a half hour air display.

Touring Danish gymnasts were one of the ground displays.

An extract from the report in The Press newspaper on the 21st of February 1955 said:

"Precision flying was the order of the day. Mustangs of the four Territorial Air'“Force squadrons and Vampires of 75 Squadron, based at Ohakea, made several runs over the field in various formations. Qualified observers said the flying of these machines was as good as any in the world.

After the heavier aircraft, a Hastings of 40 Squadron, three Bristol Freighters of 41 Squadron, and Dakotas and Devons of 42 Squadron had taken off and flown past, the Vampires appeared in three close flights, all in perfect formation.

A Bristol Freighter came back to show how supplies are dropped by parachute, and it was hardly away before the Harvardaerobatic team had taken off.

Army Guns
Across the field from the public, and probably unnoticed by most, the Army had placed batteries of 3.7 in and Bofors anti-aircraft guns. Territorial Mustangs staged a surprise low-level attack on the field and were met by clouds of black smoke and the bangs of blank cartridges from the guns.

Aerobatics were shown by four units during the day. The first was the Mustang, then the Harvards, and next the team of four Vampires from 75 Squadron. Leading this highly-skilled flight was Flying Officer S. Mclntyre, of Wellington, with Flight Lieutenant M. Beavis, RAF, Sergeant-Pilot J. E. Shaw, of Wellington, and Sergeant-Pilot A. Dyer, of Auckland.

With the exception of Flight Lieutenant Beavis, who is on exchange to the squadron, all the pilots in this team have served with 14 Squadron in Cyprus. Their flying on Saturday was of the highest order: one senior officer was heard to say that he had not seen any team in Britain which could do better.

The final effort in the flying programme by New Zealand pilots was a highly spectacular rocket-firing run by three Vampires. The searing roar of the rockets firing, the thuds and clouds of dust as they struck the earth, and over all this the shrill whine of the jet engines, brought the show to a fine close.

Australians’ Display 
Then it was the turn of the Australian visitors to the station to show off their machines. The Canberra, the first of the type built in Australia, and piloted by Flight Lieutenant C. G. Kilsby, with Flight Lieutenant G. Hughes as navigator, rolled off along the runway with a loud, but dignified roar. Slow runs and high speed runs, punctuated with tight, banking turns, showed off the high manoeuvrability of the machine.

The huge dark blue Neptune, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R. E. Graham, was astonishing. Its wheels had hardly cleared the runway before it banked away to fly low over the field, jinking from side to side; and then it climbed away so sharply that it seemed almost to go straight up. The Neptune’s landing was delayed slightly by the departure of the Governor-General for Auckland in the Royal Dakota.

Both before and after the flying display No. 4 hangar on the station, where the static exhibition of the work done by ground units of the Air Force was placed, was packed tight. For the first tune since Air Force stations have held special open days each section arranged a stall and created within the hangar a scene rather like an industries fair. Every stand was manned by helpful airmen, and the thousands of visitors gained an excellent impression of the work done on Air Force stations.

A miniature operations room was conducted by three airwomen, plotting the movements of aircraft above the station on a large table with plastic markers. The Territorial Air Force and its static display grouped around a partially-stripped Mustang in the middle of the hangar floor."


 

 

 

Harewood Air Pageant
Christchurch Airport, 20th of March 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
 

NAC Douglas DC3

NAC Douglas DC3

ZK-

ZK-

 

Auster

Auster

Auster

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

J.D. Neave

 

 

Eon Baby glider
ZK-
F.M. Dunn
Weihe glider
ZK-
R. Georgeson
Slingsby glider trainer
ZK-
W. Small
Airwork (NZ) Ltd Cessna topdresser
ZK-
Airwork (NZ) Ltd Piper Cub spray plane
ZK-

 

This event was organised by the NAC Flying Club with the Canterbury Aero Club.

Seventeen aircraft took part, and the crowd was estimated at 10,000 people.

An advert said this event included parachute jumping, aerobatics, aerial topdressing, gliding displays, model aeroplane flying, flights over the city in NAC Douglas airliners and Canterbury Aero Club aircraft.


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

Darfield Air Pageant
Darfield, 15th of May 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-

Ron Alexander (Cant Aero Club)

Auster Aiglet

Auster Aiglet

Auster Aiglet

Auster

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

John Neave (Cant. Aero Club)

Canterbury Aero Club

Canterbury Aero Club

 

Miles Messenger
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club
Weihe glider
ZK-
S.H. Georgeson
Eon Baby glider
ZK-
F.M. Dunn
Slingsby glider trainer
ZK-
W. Small

 

A total of eight powered aircraft took part.

Clive Nelson, captain of the Christchurch Parachute Club, made two descents from the Tiger Moth from 1,000 feet.


 

 

Auckland Aer Club's "Learn To Fly" Air Display
Mangere Aerodrome, 19th of September 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Auster

ZK-

Dennis Thew

Mr. N.G. Voskovich

Miss H.D. Hunkins

 

The Auster suffered engine failure at 1,000 feet and pilot Dennis Thew was forced to put the aircraft through a gorse and wire fence. He and his two passengers were not injured.


 

 

Grand Field Day And Air Pageant
Ashburton Aerodrome, 30th of October 1955
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

An advert said this event included parachute jumping, aerial lolly scrambles, bombing displays, aerobatics, air races, gliding displays, and joy rides.


 

 

1956

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Air Pageant
Invercargill, 20th and 21st of January 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ1824

 

 

 

 

 

 

NZ18??

Sergeant L. Giddens (Captain)

Cpl Lampson (passenger)

LAC(W) Hoa (passenger)

LAC(W) Kay (passenger)

AC Howie (passenger)

AC Manly (passenger)

AC Bird (passenger)

W/C P.P. O'Brien

Percival Proctor 'Kiwi Wanderer'
ZK-
Arthur Bradshaw
Auster
ZK-
W.G. Bradshaw

Miles Magister

ZK-

Canterbury Aero Club

de Havilland DH84 Dragon
ZK-

D. Price, Nelson Aero Club

N.M. McLaren (passenger)

T. Hull (passenger)

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club
de Havilland Puss Moth
ZK-
J.R. Stackwood
Gumman Widgeon
ZK-

Fu24 Fletcher

Fu24 Fletcher

Fu24 Fletcher

Fu24 Fletcher

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

Cessna 180 Amphibious Floatplane
ZK-
Miles King

 

The RNZAF de Havilland Devon NZ1824 suffered brake failure upon landing and went off the end of the runway and into a ditch. It was writtn off on the accident. One of the passengers, WAAF Kay, was admitted to hospital for observation. Another Devon was despatched to replace it in the pageant and arrived at 1.00pm.

 

 

Air Pageant
"Kincaid", Kaikoura, 3rd of March 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

 


 

 

Air Force Day
RNZAF Station Wigram, Christchurch, 10th of March 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

S/L N.F. Curtis.RAF

F/O Tony Westlake

F/O Russel Archer

RNZAF Harvard CFS Aerobatic Team

RNZAF Harvard CFS Aerobatic Team

RNZAF Harvard CFS Aerobatic Team

RNZAF Harvard Dive Bomber

RNZAF Harvard Dive Bomber

RNZAF Harvard Dive Bomber

RNZAF Harvard Dive Bomber

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

F/L B. Rachinger RAAF

?

?

 

 

 

 

RNZAF Short Sunderland
NZ
S/L J. Wilson
RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ
RAAF GAF Canberra
   
RAAF Lockheed Neptune   F/L J. Dollison
RAF Vickers Valetta (Far East Air Force)    
RAF EE Canberra.    

 

 


 

 

Agricultural Aviation Pageant
Milson Airport, Palmerston North, 9th and 10th of November 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF de Havilland Vampire
NZ
 

James Aviation DHC2 Beaver

DHC2 Beaver

DHC2 Beaver

DHC2 Beaver

DHC2 Beaver

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
Piper Super Cub
ZK-BKK
 
Cessna 170
ZK-
Bell 47 Sioux
ZK-
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-ATI

Fletcher Fu24

Fletcher Fu24

ZK-

ZK-

Lockheed Lodestar
ZK-

 

Douglas Bader was a guest of honour.

150 aircraft were expected to display, including helicopters and seven or eight different topdressing types.


 

 

Walsh Brothers Memorial Air Pageant
RNZAF Station Whenuapai, 25th of November 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

 
RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ
 
USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster "City of Christchurch"
Captain Warren Fair
 
ZK-
Ralph McComb

James Aviation DHC Beaver

James Aviation DHC Beaver

ZK-
 

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

ZK-AIA

ZK-

James Aviation Auster
ZK-AYQ
de Havilland Moth Minor
ZK-ALN
Avro 626
ZK-APC
Jim Frogley
Douglas DC-4(?)
ZK-
ZK-
ZK-
ZK-
ZK-

 

The USAF Globemaster had an incident when the public were allowed into the huge aircraft for a look, and with around 200 people inside too many went down the rear end. The rear fuselage had no bracing in place and the weight of the people caused it to overbalance with the front of the tricycle-undercarriaged aeroplane rearing upwards and the back sinking. This caused the adults and children inside to be thrown about. Around a dozen fell from the ramp onto the tarmac below, and a few received minor injuries.


 

 

Lower Hutt Air Pageant
"Woburn", Lower Hutt, Wellington, 8th of December 1956
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

 
RAAF GAF Canberra
A-
 
US Navy Sikorsky "Horse"
Lt Comm W.E. Gage

US Navy Bell helicopter

US Navy Bell helicopter

From the USS Atka

From the USS Atka

 

The US Navy Sikorsky helicopter accidentally clipped the tip of a pine tree branch with its rotor blades as it descended onto the property, but was not damaged. It and two Bell helicopters were visiting from the USS Atka.

The venue, known as "Woburn", was the property of Mr. V. Riddiford.

The event was organised by the Lower Hutt branch of The Air League.


 

 

 

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:


 

 

Royal New Zealand Aero Club Pageant
Rukuhia Aerodrome, Hamilton, 3rd of March 1957
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

 


 

 

Easter Air Pageant
Oamaru, 22nd of April 1957
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF Solo Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

S/L R.D. Roe (RAF)

 

 

 

Trans Island Airways Beechcraft
ZK-
Capt. Brian Chadwick
 
ZK-
 
ZK-

 

 


 

 

Pahiatua Air Pageant
Murphy's Strip, Pahiatua, 16th of November 1957
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Middle Districts Aero Club Cessna 180

ZK-BSP

Alan Mowbray plus three
passengers

 

The MDAC Cessna 180 crashed during the pageant after hitting a down-draught. but no-one onboard was hurt.


 

 

Oamaru Air Pageant
Oamaru, 17th of November 1957
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

F/L Ted Arundel

F/L Fred Kinvig

F/O A.R. Wesley

 

 


 

 

 

1958

Royal New Zealands Aero Club Pageant
New Plymouth Airport, 1st of March 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

 

RNZAF Short Sunderland MR.5
NZ
RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ
US Navy Skymaster with Parachute Jump
US Navy Globemaster

US Navy Lockheed Neptune

US Navy Lockheed Neptune

 

More than 110 aircraft attended, and a crowd of around 21,000.

The pageant was officially opened by Viscount Cobham, the Governor General of New Zealand.


 

 

Canterbury Aero Club Pageant
Mr C.J. Ballagh's Field, Rangiora, 9th of March 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
NAC de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
Ron Alexander
Auster Aiglet
ZK-
Cessna
ZK-
Keith Wakeman

Glider

Glider

Glider

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

Keith Wakeman

 

 

Piper Cub (fence dropping demo)
ZK-

 

Run jointly by the Canterbury Aero Club and the Rangiora Businessman's Association, this air pageant was staged to raise funds for and awareness of a proposed airfield at Rangiora as a satellite airfield.

The newspaper claimed site used, Mr C.J. Ballagh's farm, was not the site of the proposed permanent airfield - that site was still under negotiation. However looking at the site of the current airfield on a map it looks like the field used was either very close to or that very field after all.

The advert stated Mr Ballagh's field was 1 mile west of Rangiora, with the entrance from River Road off both Lehmans and Merton Roads.

The pageant had joy rides, and aerial lolly scramble, a gliding display, an air race, a topdressing demo, a fencing materil airdrop demo, formation flying, aerobatics and a banner tow demonstration.

Nearly 5,000 people attended the event.


 

 

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

NZ1076

NZ1078

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

RAAF 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 Lockheed C-130A Hercules

USAF Lockheed 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

 

 

Auster
Canterbury Aero Club Pageant
Christchurch Airport, 1st of June 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Cessna
(racing a 350cc 7RAJS road racer bike riden by Mr. R, McCleary)

ZK-

Mr. A Johanson

Piper Cub
(racing a 350cc J.A.P. Matchless motorbike riden by Mr K. McCleary, son of above)
ZK-
Mr. J.E. Wilson

Canterbury Aero Club Auster Aiglet

Canterbury Aero Club Auster

ZK-

ZK-

G.L. Small

 

Canterbury Aero Club Piper Cub

Canterbury Aero Club Piper Cub

ZK-

ZK-

J, Ower

 

Canterbury Aero Club Piper Tipacer

Canterbury Aero Club Piper Tipacer

ZK-

ZK-

N.S. Pullin

 

Canterbury Aero Club Miles Magister
ZK-
J. MacDonald
NAC Douglas DC3 (hired for joyrides)

ZK-

 
Lockheed Electra (hired for joyrides)
ZK-
 
RNZAF CFS North American Harvard

NZ

F/O Alan Dyer
Topdressing Super Cub
ZK-
Topdressing Auster
ZK-

N. Cordes

Cessna 180
ZK-
A. Johanson
de Havilland DH89 Dominie
ZK-

R. Dellow (parachutist)

R. Versteeg (parachutist)

Miss Valerie Lowen (parachutist)

Bell 47 helicopter
ZK-
J. Brazier

 

Three parachutists jumped over the field, Russell Dellow, Richard Versteegh and Miss Valerie Lowen,


 

 

Rangiora Airfield Opening
Rangiora Airfield, 26th of October 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

US Navy Globemaster    
Auster Aiglet
ZK-
G.L. Small
Cessna
ZK-

Skylark Glider

Skylark Glider

ZK-

ZK-

Keith Wakeman

F.G. Dunn

Piper Super Cub (Indian Rope Trick)
ZK-
Paul Legg

 

This was the grand opening of Rangiora Airfiled, which has been established by the Canterbury Aero Club and the Rangiora Businessman's Association, as a satellite airfield to Harewood.

A crowd estimatd as between 10,000 and 15,000 people attended the event.


 

 

Hokitika Air Pageant
Hokitika, 7th of December 1958
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

US Navy    

 

 


 

 

1959

Canterbury Brevet Club Air Pageant
Chrisdtchurch Airport, 25th of January 1959
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

RNZAF de Havilland Vampire

NZ

NZ

F/O Tom Enright (air display)

F/O E.P. Carr (static)

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Team Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

 

 

Static

RNZAF English Electric Canberra
WJ605

F/L Russ V. Smith (Pilot)

F/L P.J. Heares (Navigator)

RNZAF de Havilland Devon
NZ
Static
US Navy Lockheed Constellation
Static walk through
Helicopter doing a spray display
ZK-
Topdressing demonstration
ZK-
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth
ZK-
Did the Indian Rope Trick
NAC Douglas DC3 (Joyrides)
ZK-
Canterbury Aero Club Piper Tripacer (Joyrides)
ZK-
TransIsland Airways Electra (Joyrides)
ZK-BUT

 

This air pageant was organisd by the Canterbury Brevet Club to raise funds for its proposed memorial centre to be built at the corner of Woolridge Road and Memorial Avenue.

This event was the first time that an RNZAF Canberra had visited New Zealand, having flown down from Tengah in Malaya on a long range navigational exercise.

Approximately 12,000 people attended. The event was marrred by high wind and dust.


 

 

Royal New Zealand 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 V. Smith

F/Lt Peter Heares

RNZAF 14 Sqn de Havilland Vampire

NZ

F/O Tom Enright

RNZAF CFS Wigram Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Wigram Team Harvard

RNZAF CFS Wigram TeamHarvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF CFS Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

RNZAF Harvard

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

NZ

F/L Ted Arundel

F/L Mayne Hawkins

F/O Alan Dyer

F/L D.M. Pankhust (solo display)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Static

RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ

NZ

NZ

 

 

 

RNZAF Short Sunderland MR5
NZ
F/L B.J. Dwyer (Captain)
RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota (VIP)
NZ

HMS Albion Douglas Skyraider

HMS Albion Douglas Skyraider

HMS Albion Whirlwind Helicopter

HMS Albion Whirlwind Helicopter

HMS Albion Whirlwind Helicopter

NAC Douglas DC3 Dakota
ZK-
Auster Air Services Ltd Auster
ZK-
de Havilland DH89 Dominie (Canterbury Parachute Club drop from 1,000 ft)
ZK-

R. Dellow (parachutist)

C. Nelson (parachutist)

R. Versteeg (parachutist)

A. Parry (parachutist)

? (Parachute drop from 4,000 ft)
  US Navy Jumpmaster P. Quillan

 

This event was attended by the Prime Minister, Walter Nash.

The RNZAF kicked off the flying display at 2.30pm with a mass formation of 12 Harvards, three Devons and the Bristol Freighter.

At 3.10pm a sudden downpour and hailstorm ripped through the Levels Airport at Timaru during the height of the air pageant, causing damage to several aircraft.

Three RNZAF Devons had just touched down when the storm began, but three Harvards and the Bristol Freighter that were on approach to Levels ended up turning around and flying back to Wigram.

And Auster Air Services Ltd Auster suffered multiple holes from from hail, and a Wellington Aero Club Piper was tipped up by the wind, suffering wing damage.

The flying resumed at 3.40pm despite the rain

Although the Sunderland had arrived at Timaru and alighted on the harbour. positioned ready for the air pageant, the adverse weather prevented it from performing its display.

Due ti the weather the Bristol Freighter was unable to perform its planned air drop display, but the act was subsituted by the two Canberras were seen roaring in on the airfield flying line astern and making low passes, with a backdrop of forked lightning all around.


 

 

Marlborough Centennial Air Pageant
Omaka, 18th of June 1959
____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______

Piper Cub

Piper Cub

Piper Cub

ZK

ZK

ZK

de Havilland Tiger Moth glider tug

de Havilland Tiger Moth glider tug

ZK

ZK

Glider

Glider

ZK

ZK

de Havilland Dominie
ZK
Noirth American P-51D Mustang
NZ24
Static (Pete Coleman's privately
owned ex-RNZAF aircraft)

 

 


 

 

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)
NZ5801
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

NZ5776

Flt Lt Colin W. Rudd (Team)

F/O Peter M. Rhodes (Team)

F/O Tom E. Enright (Team)

F/O Russell Branks (Team)

Separate Solo Display

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ1801

NZ1816

NZ1830

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

NZ1009

NZ1013

NZ1015

NZ1023

NZ1029

NZ1034

NZ1037

NZ1041

NZ1046

NZ1051

NZ1057

NZ10??

Flown by CFS Team

 

Flown by CFS Team

 

 

Flown by CFS Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

RNZAF Bristol Freighter
NZ5902
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

Named 'Pearl of the Orient'

 

US Navy R5D-3(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
58-1222
Captain Clyde Strain

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 'Sirius'
XL638
Harry Liddell (of No. 99 Sqn)
RAF de Havilland Comet C.2 'TAURUS'
XK669
From No. 216 Squadron RAF
RAF Transport Command C-47 Dakota
KN434 'A'
Named 'Polynesian Princess'

NAC Douglas DC3

NAC Douglas DC3

NAC Douglas DC3

ZK-AOH

ZK-BKD

ZK-BBJ

NAC Vickers Viscount

NAC Vickers Viscount

NAC Vickers Viscount

ZK-BRD

ZK-BRE

ZK-BRF

SAFE Air Bristol Freighter
ZK-AYG
Fletcher
ZK-BOC
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-BVE
Cessna 180
ZK-BUG
 
Cessna 310B 'Binatang'
ZK-REX
Bell 47G
ZK-HAE
Hiller 12B
ZK-HAH
Piper Tri-Pacer
ZK-BSD
de Havilland Dragon
ZK-AXI

Piper Apache

Piper Apache

ZK-BLO

ZK-BUA

 

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

Special overseas guests attending included New Zealander Air Marshal Sir Denis Barnett RAF (leading the RAF deployment to New Zealand) returning to NZ for the first time since 1925. Also Air Vice Marshal J.G. Davis RAF (Commander of the Vulcan bombers), and Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Pike, who was about to become Chief of Air Staff for the RAF.

Additional information for this entry came from Papers Past articles, and also from the AHSNZ journal via Peter Layne


 

 

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

____________Aircraft_Participant_____________
______Pilot_and_Crew______
RNZAF de Havilland Vampires (No. 14 Squadron, RNZAF, parked in hangars)

NZ5707

NZ5708

NZ5710

NZ5711

NZ5753

NZ5755

NZ5757

NZ5762

NZ5765

NZ5767

NZ5770

NZ5771

NZ5772

NZ5776

NZ5777

 

 

 

In dayglo red markings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

RNZAF de Havilland Devon

NZ1801

NZ1802

NZ1816

NZ1818

NZ1819

 

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

RNZAF Douglas C-47 Dakota

NZ3551

NZ3553

 

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

RNZAF North American Harvard

NZ1007

NZ1014

NZ1056

NZ1076

 

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

RNZAF Bristol Freighter

NZ5902

NZ5906

 

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

Flying Display

Static only

Static only

Static only

USAF F-100 Super Sabre

USAF F-100 Super Sabre

58-1214

58-1222

USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer

USAF Douglas RB-66 Destroyer

53-0438

53-0475

USAF Boeing KB-50J 'The Butterfly'
49-326A
USAF Douglas C-54D
42-72510

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

RAF Blackburn Beverley, coded P
XM104
RAF Bristol Britannia
XL638

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

RCAF Argus
20731

 

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.

Additional information for this entry came from the AHSNZ journal via Peter Layne

 




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