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Read more on our previous airshows:

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2004
Good Friday's crowd was around 20,000 and this was great for what we call the practice and Trade Expo day. Saturday saw the airfield packed with an estimated 50,000 people attending, and Sunday's crowd was around 29,000.

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2006
In 2006 there were some important changes to our structure. We concentrated on gathering together aircraft from within New Zealand and did not bring any vintage fighters in from overseas. We still excelled in 2006, finally achieving the presence of an aircraft that has taken us eight years to deliver.

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2008
2008 was the first Airshow under the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. A superb line up of aircraft, aerobatics and Royal New Zealand and Australian Airforce displays mingled with the stars of the Airshow, the Warbirds, who yet again provided the crowd with hours of excitement.

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010
Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010 was the second Airshow held under the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. The star attraction for 2010 was the A6M3 Japanese Zero, one of only three Zeros flying in the world. Deployed in battle on Guadalcanal it was amongst 353 aircraft launched from aircraft carriers during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2012
In 2012 we had 50,000 at the Airshow with key aircraft featuring most RNZAF aircraft that had flown at Warbirds Over Wanaka over the decades. Other key aircraft were the Hawker Hunter, Grumman Avenger, Beechcraft T-6 Texan II and the Air New Zealand B777 flyover. The glider from NZ Gliding was one of the favourite flying acts. The Martin Jetpak simulator was on ground display.

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2014
With bad weather around the country, Wanaka became an oasis of sun and great flying. Key acts were the Commemoration of WWI over Lake Wanaka on Friday with six WWI aircraft; the #GigatownWanaka Jet racing with six jets, three American pilots vs three Kiwi pilots (Kiwis won!) and the new sport aircraft displays. Aircraft manufacturers from around the globe again displayed their wares and a great weekend was had by 48,239 people.

 

 

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