C-17 aircraft removed from Christchurch Antarctic Festival Family Day
27 September 2007
The Christchurch Antarctic Festival Family Day at Wigram Air Force Museum tomorrow (28 September) will go ahead without the planned inclusion of a C-17 aircraft from the United States.
The United States Air Force yesterday informed festival organisers of operational issues with the aircraft and advised it would not be available for the Family Day.
Festival Organiser Julie Battersby says there will still be a great variety of activities for families to enjoy, including huskie races, the Hagglund Challenge, free entry to the Air Force Museum and the 50 Below Exhibition on display for visitors. People can also explore the New Zealand Air Force Orion, an aircraft which has been used during Antarctic expeditions.
Ms Battersby says Antarctic Festival organisers are acting on the advice of the United States Air Force in removing the C-17 aircraft from the show.
“We regret any inconvenience to people looking forward to exploring the aircraft, but it’s out of our control. There are still plenty of activities going on, so make sure you head to the Family Day and enjoy the fun,” she says.
The Family Day is being held at the Air Force Museum, Harvard Avenue, Wigram, from 10am to 5pm, Friday, 28 September. Admission is free.
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