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RNZAF Air Show this Saturday

20 March 2009

The skies above Auckland will be buzzing with the sound of aircraft of all shapes and sizes for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Whenuapai’s biennial Air Show and Open Day this Saturday, 21 March.

The day gives the public the chance to interact directly with RNZAF personnel and gain a better understanding of the activities, roles, and benefits that the Air Force provides New Zealand.

Commanding Officer Base Auckland, Wing Commander Richard Marshall says the runways at the base have been busy with overseas aircraft arriving and practice flights getting underway.

“Last night two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets arrived and today the crew will be preparing for their practice flight later this afternoon at 3.45pm.

“I really encourage Aucklanders and those from further afield to come out to Base Whenuapai on Saturday as the Air Show is a great day out for the whole family.

“The RNZAF is entering an exciting period with new or significantly upgraded aircraft coming on line over the next ten years and we will have on display in the air and on the ground the first of these aircraft, the Boeing 757,” said WGCDR Marshall.

In addition to an impressive flying line-up will be ground displays by the various trades in the RNZAF including Fire Fighters, Air Security, Medics Avionics and Technical Support areas that enable air operations.

There will be stalls for people to purchase refreshments and picnic areas for those who have brought their own.

What: The RNZAF Whenuapai Air Show
Where: RNZAF Base Whenuapai
When: Saturday 21 March, gates open 9.00am
Cost: $5 per head, children under ten years are free and free parking will be available.

For more information visit www.airforce.mil.nz or phone 09 417 7661.

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Media opportunities can be arranged prior to the Air Show and media wishing to attend on the day need to please register with Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286, mobile 021 676 338.

Currently 718 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.

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