War planes at ready for their big day out

Central Leader - - NEWS - By NIGEL MOFFIET

War planes will be thun­der­ing through the sky from May 31 to com­mem­o­rate an his­toric mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion.

The New Zealand Warbirds As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing an open day event at Ard­more Air­port to mark the 71st an­niver­sary of the D-Day land­ings.

Old mil­i­tary air­craft will be on dis­play, in­clud­ing the Sky­hawk and Aer­ma­c­chi.

Spec­ta­tors will be en­ter­tained by pi­lots show­cas­ing their flight rou­tines, in­clud­ing re-en­act­ments of the land, sea and air strikes that took place dur­ing the 1944 D-Day battle.

It saw Amer­i­can and Bri­tish forces land­ing on the beaches of Nor­mandy dur­ing World War II.

About 10,000 men lost their lives while en­coun­ter­ing strong Ger­man de­fence.

There will also be a chance to take a Warbirds flight in a choice of jet or pis­ton-en­gined air­craft.

Fire, po­lice and am­bu­lance ser­vices will also be demon­strat­ing their skills and Ard­more-based fly­ing train­ing clubs will also be present.

A Kid­szone will have amuse­ment at­trac­tions for chil­dren and a range of vin­tage ma­chin­ery, vet­eran cars, mo­tor­bikes and jeeps will be on show.

Food and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

Com­men­tary will be broad­cast on ‘Warbirds 88.2FM’.

Gates open at 9am with the first fly­ing dis­play sched­uled for 10.30am.

The $15 cash en­try fee will help in the devel­op­ment of the Warbirds’ avi­a­tion li­brary and dis­play ar­eas in its Ard­more vis­i­tor cen­tre. The en­try fee in­cludes free park­ing and puts vis­i­tors in the draw to win a flight in a Warbirds air­craft. No charge for chil­dren un­der 14.

If the weather is bad, lis­ten for can­cel­la­tion no­tices on New­stalkZB.

Warbirds are tak­ing to the sky at Ard­more Air­port mark­ing the 71st an­niver­sary of the D-Day land­ings.

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