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Hood Aerodrome started when the Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club received a donation of land for a Masterton airfield on South Road near the Waingawa River. Working bees were organised to clear the stony land, and on 14 March 1931 the first official North Island Air Pageant was held at the new airfield, with 33 aircraft attending. During the Air Pageant, Masterton’s airfield was officially named ‘Hood Aerodrome’ after Captain George Hood, a Masterton born aviation pioneer who had died trying to fly the first Tasman Sea crossing, along with Lieutenant John Robert Moncrieff, in January 1928.
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