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Historic flight for maritime aircraft

13 May 2011

On Monday 16 May, two SH2G Seasprite helicopters from No 6 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will conduct a formation flight over Auckland with a Catalina aircraft.

The historic flight combines the aircraft of today and yesteryear, as the Catalina flying boats were the first aircraft operated by No. 6 Squadron in 1942, until 1953.
On board the Catalina will be Stephen Sharpe who served as a navigator on Catalinas in the Pacific with the RNZAF.

The aircraft will get airborne from Base Whenuapai at 1.00pm and will head out down the coast from Browns Bay, around North Head and up the Harbour past the bridge and circuit around to repeat.

Once over the bridge, they will fly out towards Takapuna over the city and then back to Whenuapai. The best vantage points to view the aircraft will be at North Head and Mt Victoria.

ENDS

or more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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