Vintage Fly In a hit

16:00, Feb 23 2014

Vintage plane enthusiasts were grounded because of the weather yesterday, but that did not stop them from enjoying the annual Fly In at Mandeville, near Gore.

Organiser Maeva Smith said the two-day event attracted about 500 people to the Mandeville Airfield, either to fly or just to look at more than 20 vintage aircraft, most of them Tiger Moths.

"[Saturday] was a nice day, flying was a bit challenging because of the wind, but nobody got off the ground [yesterday]," she said.

However, the day was not wasted.

"People sat around telling aviation stories, the Tiger Moth club had their annual meeting, and some of them went into Gore to check out the museums and things like that," Mrs Smith said.

Everyone enjoyed the venue and everything that was on offer during the event, she said.

The Fly In followed on from Thursday's centenary celebrations of the first cross-country flight in New Zealand.

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