Open Day Winning Program Number
The winning program number from our recent Open Day at Ardmore has been drawn, it is 1535. Congratulations to the winner. To claim your free ride in a Warbird could you please contact our Admin. office Ph. 09 2989207 before 15th Dec 2015.
Salute to Military Aviation
Sunday 22 November 2015
Static displays and Practice Flying Displays 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
10am -4pm Ardmore Airport (Hamlin Road entrance only)
Entry includes a chance to win a flight in a Warbird and free parking.
Entry $15. Children under 14 Free.
75th Commemorative Battle of Britain Flypast
Sunday 20 September
New Zealand Warbirds will carry out a flypast over the Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum on Sunday 20 September at 11am. It is expected that the Mustang, Spitfire, and Roaring 40’s Harvards will lead the flypast with a range of light aircraft to follow (weather permitting).
This flypast is to honour fighter pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth who fought in the Battle of Britain.
It is 75 years ago that one of the most important air battles in history
erupted over southern England - a battle in which "the few" of Britain kept Adolf
Hitler's Luftwaffe at bay.
The battle started in mid-August 1940, when the Luftwaffe sent fighter and dive-bomber
planes against ports in southern England. The British claimed they shot down 700
aircraft in the first 10 days, for the loss of 160 Spitfire and Hurricane fighters. The
Germans then started bombing airfields and factories, a tactic which nearly won the
battle despite the loss of another 560 planes. But British bombing raids on German cities
enraged Hitler, who ordered his planes to attack cities instead. That was a mistake
because it let the British rebuild their air forces. The battle peaked on September 15,
1940 - when 200 dogfights took place in 30 minutes.
In 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill dubbed his pilots "the few," and
predicted that “even if the Empire and Commonwealth lasted 1000 years the air battle
would still be their finest hour."