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Aero Club News

Distance and travel being no obstacle to members of the Gisborne Aero Club, they recently decided to flip down to Wairoa and challenge their southern neighbours to a game of rugby.

So they filled every available plane, and a helicopter, and 25 minutes later were donning their rugby gear at a football field in Wairoa.

Unfortunately, some of the members, including the club mascot... a goat named Susy......were forced to travel by more conventional means: by road.

The game proved to be an enjoyable tussle, resulting in a win for the visitors by 29 points to 6.

At Wairoa, they were able to inspect their host club's pride and joy, the oldest air-worthy craft in New Zealand, a 1929 Gypsy Moth which was recently restored to flying standards by the Wairoa Club members.


Visiting and local planes lined up at the Wairoa airfield


The Wairoa Club's 1929 Gypsy Moth


The Gisborne Aero Club's rugby team. From left, standing: Jim Atkins, Henry Jones, Bruce Donnelly, Robbie Henson, John Hudson, Brian Vercoe, Dawson McIntosh,, David Halliday, Peter Faulkner, Peter Banks, Basil Martin, Tau Rakuraku, Les Stewart. Kneeling: Susy the goat, Graham McDonald, Ross Crawford, and Jack Takarangi.