On Tuesday, 6 June 1944, the landing operations for the Allied invasion of Normandy occurred as part of Operation Overlord during World War II. Often referred to as D-Day, but officially codenamed Operation Neptune, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation initiated the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control and paved the way for Allied victory on the Western Front.
On Sunday, 6 June, Queens Birthday Weekend, NZ Warbirds at Ardmore will commemorate this event and the sacrifice of those who served, by opening the doors of their hangars to display their impressive collection of flying warbird aircraft from both the WW1 and WW2 eras – a major fundraising event for NZ Warbirds.
NZ Warbirds General Manager Trish Reynolds says, “This is a great family day out, with so much to see and enjoy, with all entry fees collected going towards the continuing development of the Association’s NZ Warbirds at Ardmore collection.”
Gates open at 9.00am with the first flying display scheduled for 10:30am which will culminate in our WW1 collection airborne display, with new aircraft like the Albatros DVa, not seen flying at our show before. Further flying displays featuring a range of ex-military training, fighter and aerobatic aircraft showing their capabilities will be held at 12:30 and 2:30pm.
A feature of the event will be a flypast with Ardmore’s Fly DC3 Dakota, a major influence in the success of D-Day and formating off her wings; the P40 Kittyhawk and Supermarine Spitfire – it will be an incredible sight and then excitingly we have two stunning Warbird jets performing; John Luffs 1956 De Havilland Venom from Whanganui and Strikemaster 72 from Wellington – both aircraft types were used by the RNZAF. The Venom was described by Flight Lieutenant Stuart McIntyre as ‘Vampires with a hairy chest’.
In addition to the display aircraft, we have the Police Eagle helicopter calling in, the RNZAF state-of-the-art Agusta Westland A109 Light Utility Helicopter and a Seasprite on static display, military vehicles including a Bushmaster, an armoured vehicle which is currently being introduced into the NZ Army over the next few years, a team of re-enactors with a couple of 25 pounders making their presence heard and felt, car clubs and motorbikes. Ardmore Flying School has a full-size fixed Airbus 320 Simulator with short flight experiences for sale to the public. A great choice of merchandise, food and refreshments will be available to purchase on-site.
Tickets can be purchased online through iTicket: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2021/jun/warbirds-dday, or on the day at the gate. Pricing is as follows:
- Adults: $30.00
- School age children: $5.00
- Children under 5: Free,
- ONLINE ONLY – Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children): $66.00
The entry fee includes free parking.