Celebrating 75 years of Harvards' roar

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013
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LONG SERVICE: A Warbirds open day is being held this weekend to celebrate 75 years of Harvard aircraft.

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The distinctive roar of one of the world's most popular Warbirds aircraft will be heard over Ardmore this Sunday.

The New Zealand Warbirds Association is holding an open day at its Ardmore Airport base to mark 75 years of service of the North American Harvard.

The planes are a familiar sight at air shows nationwide and are well known for their roar as the propeller tips exceed the speed of sound.

They were one of the most widely produced training aircraft ever, responsible for training thousands of pilots, navigators and gunners during World War II and beyond.

Harvards from around the country are expected to attend the open day and a wide range of former military aircraft will also be on view including the Skyhawk and the Aermacchi on static display.

The finale to the day's activities will be a re-enactment with infantry and attacking aircraft.

There will also be a chance to take a Warbirds flight in a choice of jet- or piston-engined aircraft.

Fire, police and ambulance services will demonstrate their skills and Ardmore-based flying training clubs will also be present.

The Kidszone will have amusement attractions for children and a range of vintage machinery, veteran cars, motorbikes, jeeps and tanks will be on show.

Food and refreshments will be available.

The $15 cash entry fee - children under 14 are free - will help develop the Warbirds Association aviation library and visitor centre and also put visitors in the draw for a flight in a Warbirds aircraft.

Commentary will be broadcast on Warbirds 88.2FM.

If the weather is bad listen for cancellation notices on NewstalkZB.

Flying displays take place at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Go to nzwarbirds.org.nz/at6a.html to find out more about the Harvards' history.

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