Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Old Station Fly-in and Heritage Show - A Fantastic Way to Spend a Saturday!

The Old Station Fly-in and Heritage Show at Raglan went ahead on Saturday 26 May, this was despite a day of almost continuous rain on Friday.  The day was hosted by the Creed Family and the Old Station Flying Club.

Conditions were a little wet under foot, but the weather improved during Saturday, and by the end of the day, the sky was clearing, and around 40 aircraft had either visited or parked for the night, with most of their owners pitching their tents near their aircraft.

The day also included a heritage and truck show, with some of the latest, and of course much older, trucks and other machinery.

Throughout the afternoon, there was the ever popular tractor pulling competition with new and old machinery on display.

We'll take a closer look at some of the visiting aircraft that arrived and were on display during the day in later Blog posts this week, but here is a taste of some of the fantastic aviation action.

Des Porter's lovely old De Havilland DH-84 Dragon arrived during the morning and operated 15-minute joyflights throughout the day - both Shane T and myself grabbed seats on one of these flights!

As the day was drawing the a close, Mikoyan MIG-15UTI VH-DIE arrived at the Old Station farm Airstrip.  The MIG was operating its last ever flight before being retired and displayed by the Creed Family at the Old Station farm.  It put a short, but very spectacular show, before landing and parking.  It was certainly a popular attraction for those enthusiasts who stayed late into the day!

All up, it was a great day, and even better was that all proceeds from the day - from admissions, food and drink sales, and the joyflights - will aid the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.

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