Watch: School kids can't get enough of Air Force chopper that pays visit to Wellington school


It's not every day the Air Force steps away from its regular duties and lands a giant helicopter on the school field.

The visit at Kelson School was thanks came about thanks to a letter from a 10-year-old.
Source: 1 NEWS

Today it came about thanks to a letter written by one 10-year-old student at Wellington's Kelson School.

Seeing the NH90 helicopters in action evacuating people out of Kaikoura after the November earthquake, prompted Alex Bowmar to put pen to paper and ask the Chief of Defence Force if one of choppers could visit his school.

"I was inspired by that and I thought I'd like to see one in person, and I knew lots of other people would as well."

After an attempt to land one day back in March, thwarted by fog, the Air Force returned to Kelson School today to show off their hardware landing successfully on the school's rugby field.

"He's been so excited I don't think he slept a wink last night," Alex's mum Mickaela Bowmar told 1 NEWS.

Alex was presented with a challenge medal from the Defence Force's Air Component Commander, Air Commodore Darryn Webb for his efforts.

He hopes the visit will spark more interest in the Defence Force among the students.

"There's heaps of stories where there’s some sort of catalyst like a truck or a vehicle or a helicopter arrives on the school and someone says that’s what I want to do."

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