As you will no doubt be aware, barring some miracle of common sense by the government (local, national, tribal) Wigram is closing for ever from the 28th of February, come the 1st of March there will be no activity there any more, no flying, just a desolate piece of soon-to-be demolished memory (probably covered with cows until the recession's over is my bet).
There are last-ditch letter writing campaigns still underway, in the tradition of not giving up until the fat lady sings, but she's well and truely warming up the vocal chords now.
So people of Christchurch (and those from afar), this Sunday please show your support for your city airfield, for our heritage, for our armed services, for our lost and fallen in battle and show your utter indignation at it's wanton destruction at the hands of greedy Ngai Tahu property developers and short sighted councillors by attending the Open Day in your tens of thousands.
Give Wigram a send off to be proud of!
Here's the blurb from the Wigram Air Force Museum web site...
SKY HIGH AT WIGRAM
February 8th 2009
Here's one to mark in your diary. "Sky High at Wigram" is the 2009 Air Force Museum Open Day theme.
The feature of the Open Day will be extensive flying displays by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Planning is underway for displays from the Iroquois and Sioux helicopters, the P3 Orion, C130 Hercules, Boeing 757, Classic Harvard, the Red Checkers acrobatic team, and Kiwi Blue parachute display team.
Planning is also underway for visits from the Auckland based Catalina; and Mustang, as well as a local Bird Dog, and the Southern DC3. Stay tuned for more updates!
Couple this extensive programme with static ground displays which allow you to get up close and personal with many of the aircraft and you have a fun filled day for the entire family.
When: February 8th 2008
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Pricing: Adult $10, Child $5, Family $20
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