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Plane, Train, Tram, Paddle Steamer And Automobiles

For the second year running, Air Chathams is taking “Pouwhaitere”, their 1945 Douglas DC-3 to Whanganui for Vintage Weekend on the 19th to 21st of January 2019. The iconic Kiwi aircraft will join a cluster of vintage vehicles including the Mainline Steams immaculately restored steam locomotive, “JB1236”, “Mable” the Number 12 electric tram and the Waimarie, New Zealand’s only authentic coal fired paddle steamer in operation. Whanganui Vintage Weekend is seven years old in 2019 and already attracts hundreds of vintage and classic cars for the occasion.

Air Chathams is excited to be flying scenic flights with the classic DC3 over the weekend. “People love the classic aircraft. It has a unique and special history and was made in the days when flying was a luxury. The space on board, comfortable seating and the big “skyliner” windows make the 30 minute flights really popular,” says Gray Tinley, Air Chathams Customer Service Manager. ”We’ll be flying daily, weather permitting, from 10:30am, Saturday to Monday.” Air Chathams DC3 is the only surviving RNZAF World War II veteran aircraft still operating today in frontline service.

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