Airport celebrates 50 years of service
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.