Commemorating the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day
Armistice Day commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.
Anyone who appreciates the role aerial warfare played during World War I or who simply has an interest in vintage aviation would have loved the 3 hour display held at Masterton’s Hood Aerodrome on Saturday 15th of November.
With a great commentary describing the various aircraft and pilots of the period and many lively displays, including 3 SE.5As dogfighting 3 Fokker Triplanes a few hundred feet above the runway, there was plenty to see and hear.
The crowd were able to get within several feet of all the aircraft and their pilots to ask questions and have a close inspection of these finely built machines.
The distinctive sights and sounds will be remembered for years to come by all who attended, including the many youngsters running around the family friendly spectator’s area – arms spread out imitating their favourite aircraft.
With these smaller air displays and the larger biennial Wings Over Wairarapa air shows, along with the aviation museums, Hood Aerodrome is now a worthy destination in the local and international aviation scene..