I have never been to an Art Deco weekend in Napier, always wanted too. So we have booked for next year at the Snapper Holiday Park at Bay View. We stayed there over Queens Birthday weekend this year and it is a great place to be VERY handy to the airport so should be good I hope.
Post by longforgan on Jan 29, 2014 19:34:08 GMT 12
I have an exhibition of my aviation paintings on the weekend of 20th February at the local Napier Aero Club. This weekend is our Art Deco Weekend celebrating the rebuild of the city of Napier after the great 1931 earthquake. At the weekend there will be a spitfire, Avenger, Kittyhawk, Mustang, and the Havards. There will be a ww1 aircraft. Also attending are airforce veterans from WW2.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 13, 2014 13:47:39 GMT 12
Deco event set to roar with two Spitfires
By Roger Moroney
2:00 PM Thursday Feb 13, 2014
A rare two-seater spitfire similar to the one pictured will be at the event.
Hawke's Bay aviation enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the sound of a roaring Spitfire V12 Merlin-engined fighter will now have two reasons to smile as a second one is set to take to the skies over Napier during the Tremain Art Deco Weekend air show.
The Napier Aero Club committee organising the event has confirmed that a two-seater Spitfire Mk9e trainer owned by Doug Brooker will also be attending the event from next Wednesday which coincides with the Hawke's Bay Airport's 50th anniversary celebrations.
It will line up alongside Brendon Deere's Ohakea-based Mk IX Spitfire fighter.
It brings to four the number of V12-engined fighters set to take to the skies. A P51 Mustang fighter and an Allison-engined P40 Kittyhawk have also been confirmed to take part.
As well as the second Spitfire, a Russian Yak3 fighter has been added to the line-up which includes a Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber.
The traditional Warbirds Harvards will also return.
"This will be the largest extravaganza of classic WWII aircraft to ever be seen in the Bay," a club spokesman said.
"It has been a massive effort by the committee to organise an event on such a scale as this."
All the aircraft will take part in flying displays over the airport and city and will be joined by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopter and one of RNZAF's new A109 light utility helicopters which will be on static display.
On the Friday evening leading into the Tremain Art Deco Weekend the aircraft will put on a display from 7.45pm along the foreshore off Marine Parade, with the best views near the Soundshell.
To add to the military feel it is planned for the visiting navy inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Hawea to carry out a close-to-shore run along the waterfront at the same time.
Air displays will also be staged over Napier from 12.15pm on the Saturday and from 2pm over Marine Parade and the Gatsby Picnic.
I don't think we should knock the media for playing it safe on aircraft ID. If isn't as if the owners name, or rego even, is emblazoned on the side. Good supportive article, I'm disappointed that I can't fit a HB/Masterton trip in.