War planes at ready for their big day out
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.