New Plymouth Airport opening, Piper Pawnee B aircraft
Crowd inspecting a Piper Pawnee B agricultural aircraft during the opening of the New Plymouth Airport, Brown Road, New Plymouth. An information sign about the aircraft is visible in front of the plane. People are also picnicking under the wing of the aircraft. The new airport - which replaced the original airport opened in 1933 - became operational on 14 November 1966. However, it was officially opened by the Right Honorable Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand, on 4 March 1967. The opening featured a large display of aeroplanes, including commercial and specialist aerobatic craft.
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