Friday, October 30, 2009

Wellington Airport is 50 years old

The current terminal, that is. There was a very limited airport in the same area created in the late 1920s, but which wasn't up to the needs of the postwar boom in aviation, so from 1947 to 1959 passengers had to use Paraparaumu airport some 60 km away. The airport will have historic displays on Sunday.

Those interested in films from New Zealand's aviation history including Paraparaumu and the Wellington airport opening in 1959 with fly-bys of aircraft of the time, will find them on the transpress NZ 3-DVD set Classic New Zealand Aviation, available for $50 from the transpress on-line shop. There are some historic photos in the book Wellington Transport Memories, likewise available there.

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