When Wellington Airport was opened on 25 October 1959. I was 11 at the time and the new airport had been built in front of my eyes as we lived in Melrose looking over Lyall Bay. What a great time for a young boy, first to be enthralled by all the earthmoving equipment and then to transfer on to aeroplanes! Of course all of the aircraft at the opening pageant were new to me as I had only previously seen Solent and Sunderland flying boats flying by on approach to Evans Bay.
These photos from Tony Smith were taken on the practice day before the airshow: