Air force marches to its own drum

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

The colours of the Royal New Zealand Air Force were flown in Queen St on Tues­day to mark the 71st an­niver­sary of the ser­vice.

Air­men and women from Base Auck­land marched up Queen St to the town hall, where the pa­rade was in­spected by mayor John Banks.

Wing com­man­der Jo­han Bosch led the pa­rade, walk­ing un­der the Queen’s Colour and the stan­dards of Num­ber 5 and 40 Squadrons.

They were ac­com­pa­nied by the Base Auck­land band and a fly­past by an Air Force P3K Orion.

Auck­land city has granted Base Auck­land, an amal­gam of the When­u­a­pai and Hob­sonville sta­tions, the free­dom of the city. This gives the air force the right to march through the city with “drums beat­ing, bands play­ing, colours fly­ing, bay­o­nets fixed and swords drawn”.

Pa­rade day: Air­men and women from Base Auck­land march up Queen St to mark the 71st an­niver­sary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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