Clas­sic DC3 up in the air

Whanganui Midweek - - LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS -

A plan was hatched be­tween Chris Jor­dan, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Child Flight Char­i­ta­ble Trust, and Duane Emeny, gen­eral man­ager of Air Chathams to give some de­serv­ing chil­dren a spe­cial treat.

Child Flight NZ pro­vides New Zealand spe­cial needs, dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, es­pe­cially from low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas, the op­por­tu­nity for a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of their world. They en­cour­age avi­a­tion and ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­ni­ties through New Zealand to help sup­port their pro­gramme and pro­vide a spa­tial ex­pe­ri­ence of flight. Air Chathams has promised to fly their clas­sic Dou­glas DC3 from Tau­ranga to Hamil­ton and back at no cost to en­able three flights on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25.

“We’ll bring our beloved DC3 over from Tau­ranga to Hamil­ton for these flights. Ev­ery­one loves the air­craft. It has a unique and spe­cial his­tory and we’re de­lighted to be able to help out for such a good cause,” said Duane.

“Hamil­ton Air­port has also con­trib­uted pro­vid­ing the Ter­mi­nal Lounge for the day and Air­ways is waiv­ing our land­ing fees.”

Based with Clas­sic Fly­ers for sum­mer scenic flights, the DC3 is the only sur­viv­ing RNZAF World War II vet­eran air­craft still op­er­at­ing to­day in front­line ser­vice.

Built for the days when air travel was a lux­ury and all about com­fort, the in­te­rior is roomy with large “sky­liner” win­dows.

Chris Jor­dan says the first flight was fully booked al­most straight away in early Novem­ber and now there are only three seats left for de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents.

So keep an eye on the sky if you’re in the Waikato on Novem­ber 25.

You may see a blast from the past on this spe­cial oc­ca­sion for Air Chathams and the Child Flight Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

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