First I remastered my Whenuapai Open Day photo album, then just recently added some photos taken at MoTaT on the same trip. I also took a bunch of other photos on that trip, at both Auckland International Airport (Mangere), and at Ardmore airfield. These had been published at the time but have now been remastered.
You can find all 49 photos on Flickr, but here is a taster.
First up was a spell at Mangere the day I arrived. There was ‘big tin’ like this Thai Airways Boeing 777-200(ER), HS-TJV.
Plenty more biz jets than we get in Wellington, including this Gulfstream GV-SP, N73M.
And finally, the rarely seen (in Wellington at least) Air National Bae 146, ZK-ECO.
Next was a visit to Ardmore, where first up we see one of Ardmore Flying School’s many Cessna 172 Skyhawks.
There was also more interesting fare, including this pair of cousins, PAC Airtrainer ZK-DGY and AESL Airtourer ZK-CPG.
And finally, if you know where to look, you can spot restorations in progress like this Curtiss P-40.
And then we head back to Mangere where there is once again big tin like this fairly rare Airbus A340-300 of Air Tahiti Nui, F-OSUN.
As well as more local fare like this Great Barrier Airlines Britten Norman Trislander, ZK-LGC.
And finally, what must have been one of my earliest experiences of watching an enormous Airbus A380, this example being A6-EDB of Emirates.
Last of all, this was not my ride home, but from memory that trip was the only one I did fly on Pacific Blue so it would have been a sister-ship to Boeing 737-800, ZK-PBM. Note the boarding not only via air-stairs, but also at both ends.
Check out the rest of the photos over on Flickr.