On Sunday, Auckland was treated to blue skies and a surprise flypast by historic warplanes.
A flying circus of Tiger Moth bi-planes, small display aircraft and a Supermarine Spitfire set off from Ardmore Airfield for an “unofficial flypast” of the Auckland Cenotaph to mark the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary.
The impromptu airshow was in honour of the 135 New Zealanders who flew in the air war over Britain.
While the commemoration had been cancelled due to local Covid Alert Level on public gatherings, the aviation club had been given the go ahead for a by CAA.
“We didn’t want to risk publicising the event” said general manager Trish Reynolds. “Our members decided to fly at their own expense so that the commemoration could still be seen.”
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