Want to treat your mum for Mothers’ Day? How about putting her on a DC3 flight with Crusaders captain Richie McCaw?
McCaw, Patron of the Southern DC3 Charitable Trust, will be on the sightseeing flight around Christchurch with his mother and grandmother at 11am on Sunday, May 10.
The flight is also open to members of the public. All the mothers will receive a pamper pack of cosmetics, chocolate, edible goodies and skincare products as well as a glass of Lindauer on board.
Beth Dunn, from Southern DC3, said: “Richie is tremendously supportive of us and what we are trying to achieve with the trust. Essentially, our goals are two-fold, firstly to gift the aircraft in perpetuity to the people of New Zealand so that she can never be sold overseas.
“She is an active and working example of New Zealand's aviation history and one of only two airworthy DC3's in New Zealand. Secondly, we hope to educate the community about New Zealand's aviation heritage and the preservation of it by over 60 volunteers associated with the airliner.”
McCaw is heavily involved with recreational flying – he owns a glider and also holds a private pilot’s licence.
He told Soaring New Zealand magazine, a publication celebrating the sport of gliding, of how he came to be Patron of the Southern DC Trust.
“I met Dave Archer (one of the trustees) out at Wigram and he offered to let me fly his Archer. He and a few others were passionate about the DC3 and were raising money and asked if I could help. They offered for me to be the Patron in return for being taught to fly it. Once I became involved I’ve developed a real interest in it. It is a really lovely aircraft. It was my first multi-engine entry.”
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