Pilots take aim in sortie

COMING IN: Paul Hogenesch of Temuka measures how close to the target the flour bombs landed during the annual dawn raid held by the South Canterbury Aero Club at Richard Pearse Airport yesterday morning.
COMING IN: Paul Hogenesch of Temuka measures how close to the target the flour bombs landed during the annual dawn raid held by the South Canterbury Aero Club at Richard Pearse Airport yesterday morning.

Thirty-five pilots dropped flour bombs on targets at the Richard Pearse Airport during the annual dawn raid competition yesterday.

Pilots from Mid Canterbury, North Otago and South Canterbury competed for the Dawn Patrol Landing Shield, which was won by Mid Canterbury.

To test their skills and precision, entrants completed forced landings after cutting power at height, did a precision circuit, made proper approaches and landed on grids as well as dropped flour bombs on set targets.

The airport will be the venue for the Masters Games aviation section in October and then the club will host an area rally in November.

The Timaru Herald