On Friday January 16, 2009, a Spitfire MkIX and a P51
Mustang, two of the stars of New Zealand’s Trust House 2009 air show
being held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18
January, will take to the skies over the national capital, Wellington,
in a historic flypast.
Making the occasion even more unique will be the
fact that sitting in the back seat of the Spitfire will be ex
former Commanding Officer of 485 NZ Spitfire Squadron, John
Pattison DFC, DSO, who last flew his Spitfire alongside the other
heroes of the time in the Battle of Britain, nearly 70 years ago.
At the age of 91, John is one of the few
surviving Battle of Britain pilots and was recently honoured by
the French Government being awarded the "French Legion of Honour"
at the D-Day commemorations.
John will be one of many Wairarapa airmen from
WWII attending this year’s Wings Over Wairarapa show. Tom
Williams, Director of Wings Over Wairarapa, said: “We are
delighted to have so many veterans attending this year’s show. A
lot of the interest around modern air shows is the opportunity to
see these WWII fighters which played such a significant part in
our history. The pilots who flew these aircraft are certainly
heroes of our time and sadly their ranks are decreasing year by
year. To have them join us in this celebration of historical
aviation is a privilege for us and we look forward to sharing our
special 10th anniversary show with them.”
The aircraft will depart from Masterton at
approximately 12.45pm on Friday, and plan to be overhead in
Wellington at 1.00pm.
Tickets to Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2009
are on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets in New Zealand by
phoning 0800 TICKETEK or online at ticketek.co.nz. Direct
flights are also available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to
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