Air­port cel­e­brates 50 years of ser­vice

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the Tau­marunui Air­port 50-years ago will be cel­e­brated this Sun­day.

To co­in­cide with the event the Tau­marunui Aero Club will host the an­nual Tiger Club fly-in in­clud­ing War­birds on dis­play this week­end.

The air­port was of­fi­cially opened by the Prime min­is­ter, Sir Keith Holyoake on Oc­to­ber 7, 1967.

Past pres­i­dent, John Hainsworth said the open­ing was bril­liant with up to 70 air­craft on dis­play.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force per­formed fly­ing dis­plays with a Can­berra Jet Bomber and Iro­quois He­li­copter.

‘‘There were lit­er­ally thou­sands of peo­ple here and it was an ex­cit­ing day for ev­ery­one and the town.

An aerial photo of the day has been re­pro­duced and will be dis­played at the air­port ter­mi­nal which is also part of the cel­e­bra­tion.

The air­port cost $35,854 and the ter­mi­nal build­ing added a fur­ther $4,769.

It took years of in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Tau­marunui Air­port Au­thor­ity to find a suit­able site. It was de­cided that Taring­amotu was the ideal site com­pared with other sites in the area.

The lo­ca­tion was seen as an ideal stag­ing post for tourists vis­it­ing the Chateau Ton­gariro, the Whanganui River and Lake Taupo.

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