On Wednesday 19th November 2008, a group of about 40 children from Masterton Intermediate School who had expressed an interest in aviation or visiting an Air Force base, traveled over to Royal New Zealand Airforce Base Ohakea for a morning visit with the Safety and Surfacing Squadron along with No’s 42 and 3 Squadrons.
The kids were shown liferafts, parachutes being repacked, and the Ohakea gate guardian (a Vampire Jet) being restored in the paint shop.
They then moved on to see the leased King Airs up close with a sit inside one of the King Airs, watched a couple of short movie clips, and had a good chat to a couple of the squadron pilots.
Next it was time to see the helicopters. The kids had a great time jumping all over a Huey and a Sioux, with an invitation to see how many intermediate kids could jam themselves into a Huey at once! The answer – almost all 40 with only a small number having to stand on the skids and lean in!
All in all a great morning – many thanks to the RNZAF and the guys who gave up their time to talk with the kids.
The Hood User Group are keen to see schools in the Wairarapa embrace anything to do with aviation with the view that the next generation of pilots are currently sitting in our schools thinking about what to do as a career or as a hobby/sport when they leave school..