A reminder that the Warbirds flying programme for both days may vary in content and sequence and will be subject to aircraft availability and serviceability. As aircraft are announced they will be added here.
|CURTISS P-40 KITTYHAWK
The Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 operated in almost every theatre of war in WWII.
The RNZAF operated 297 Kittyhawks in the Pacific during WWII and were responsible for destroying 99 Japanese aircraft. Replaced by the Corsair in 1944, the P-40 returned to New Zealand as an advanced fighter trainer.
|AVRO ANSON MK 1
Originally coastal maritime reconnaissance aircraft for the RAF in the mid 1930s, the twin-engined Avro Anson was also a bomber, anti-submarine and convoy protection as the war progressed. This aircraft is the only remaining wartime Avro Anson MK1 in the world that is airworthy. Used in combat it became the main aircraft for training multi-engine pilots for Lancasters as well as navigators, bomb-aimers, wireless operators and air gunners. The RNZAF used 23 of these aircraft as navigation trainers during WWII.
|YAKOVLEV YAK-52 AEROBATIC TEAM
Designed in Russia and manufactured in Romania, the Yak-52 was not used as a military aircraft but by para-military and sport flying groups throughout the Soviet Union. Stressed to +7/-5G's and powered by a 360-hp Vendeneyev M-14 P nine cylinder radial engine, the aircraft makes an ideal trainer and aerobatic performer. It has rapidly become the 'warbird' of choice for many New Zealand pilots.
In the Soviet Union, the I-16 was one of the most famous and loved aircraft. It was the first fighter in the world to go into service combining cantilever monoplane wings with retractable landing gear.
Blooded in the Spanish Civil War, the I-16 also saw service with the Chinese as well as becoming the mainstay of the Russian Air Force. Operated by them against the Japanese and in the Winter War against Finland, by 1941 the I-16 was still the most numerous Russian fighter. The German attack on Russian was to be the swan song for this nimble aircraft and many were destroyed on the ground. A total of 7,005 single seat and 1,639 two-seaters were produced.
|ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE HELICOPTER NH90
An advanced medium utility helicopter, able to carry out a wide variety of roles, the NH90 provides the NZDF with a highly capable platform that can be used for frontline military and civil operations. The RNZAF has a fleet of eight NH90s operated by No. 3 Squadron, each able to carry up to 12 fully equipped soldiers, or 9 stretchers and medical staff, or palletised cargo.
|RNZAF HERCULES C130H
Operated by No. 40 Squadron based at Whenuapai, Auckland, this Hercules provides strategic and tactical air transport capability for the RNZAF. With the glass cockpit and communications and navigation equipment the fleet operates around the globe from Afghanistan to the Antarctic.
|RNZAF SSH-2G(I) SEASPRITE
The SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite's eight strong fleet is operated by No. 6 Squadron based at Whenuapai. From there the aircraft are deployed aboard Royal New Zealand Navy vessels to operates as a multi-mission maritime weapon system, designed to fulfil anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, over the horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search and rescue and utility missions.