Jan 22nd airshow - Masterton, incl King Kong Helldiver

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Jan 22nd airshow - Masterton, incl King Kong Helldiver

Postby Agent X20 » Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:13 pm

Lifted from Stuff:

Air show secures King Kong biplane
09 January 2006
By TANYA KATTERNS

Backers of a mini air pageant at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome have secured a major drawcard – the replica Curtiss Helldiver used in Peter Jackson's King Kong movie remake.

The full-scale replica biplane that tackled Kong on the Empire State Building and a range of World War I aircraft will be part of the ground display at the open day and air display on January 22. It will be the first time the Helldiver has been shown in Wairarapa.

The pageant, run by the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society, is a scaled-back sky and ground display aimed at reviving interest in aviation history and keeping interest alive in the two-yearly Wings Over Wairarapa event, to be staged next January. Money from gate fees and food sales will also help next year's show.

Society president Tom Williams said though the open day was always popular, having the Helldiver in the attractions was a real bonus.

"It has been an exciting few years of growth at Hood Aerodrome with the building of a number of hangars and the acquisition of some rare vintage aircraft. To have the Helldiver on show is just something else to share with people from the greater region."

Though other regional aircraft clubs are likely to add to what will be on show, several drawcards have already been confirmed.

The air force's Red Checkers aerobatics team of six CT4 Airtrainers will put on their first display of the air show season. The society's own three Tiger Moths, and a Harvard, Piper Cub and 1930s Proctor will also be in action.
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The Old Stick and Rudder Company has shifted its collection permanently from Blenheim to Hood Aerodrome. Its Corsair, Kittyhawk, and Avro 504K will be on show, plus the Omaka Fighter Collection's Fokker Triplane, Sopwith Camel and French Nieuport.
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Postby Banzai » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:17 pm

On this note - does anyone know if there is an airshow at Ardmore this year?
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Postby FlyingKiwi » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:22 am

Banzai wrote:On this note - does anyone know if there is an airshow at Ardmore this year?


That's what I want to know as well, I'd love to go to the Masterton one but it's a bit far really. :(
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Postby Banzai » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:36 am

FlyingKiwi wrote:That's what I want to know as well, I'd love to go to the Masterton one but it's a bit far really. :(


I have Googled but can't find anything conclusive...I really hope there is one.
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