Flyers coming to ground

The RNZAF formation aerobatics team The Red Checkers are to fly over Blenheim at midday today before touching down at Base Woodbourne to talk to high school students.

The pilots are to speak with 20 students, their teachers and some parents at a careers expo at Base Woodbourne for those interested in the air force or aviation as a career.

Airforce spokesman Squadron Leader Lyndsay Coromandel said yesterday it was a fortunate coincidence that the Red Checkers were stopping at Base Woodbourne to refuel on their way to Christchurch for a display tomorrow and it seemed a good opportunity to combine the events and give the students something special to remember.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers 2013 team
Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers 2013 team

"It's rare for the public to be able to meet and talk to them as opposed to seeing them in the sky. They're the pinnacle of flying skills in New Zealand and it's good for people to be able to see them and engage with them."

The students were to also part of recruit activities, tour Base Woodbourne's classrooms and facilities, and watch military displays as part of the careers visit.

To find out more about the Red Checkers flying schedule for this year, go to

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