Air force marches to its own drum
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.