2020 Aircraft

Aircraft will be added here for 2020 as they are announced.



A Mosquito fighter bomber, a 1/5th model of the real thing, was built by Mike Briggs after witnessing the test flight of the first Mosquito aircraft completed by Avspecs, at Ardmore Airport in 2012.

The model is an all composite construction of 50 moulds to make the parts. It has a 3.2m wingspan, weighs 25kgs and is powered by two 60cc 2-stroke engines.”

The 'Mossie' also features a bomb bay which can be remotely opened releasing a ‘bomb’.   

Frazer, nick-named Bogan, is one of New Zealand’s best model aerobatic pilots,  flying since the age of seven and representing NZ at overseas tournaments, winning many radio controlled aerobatic model competitions and consistently placing highly in IMAC events in the USA.

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Helicopters are an essential part of life in the Upper Clutha.  They perform a myriad of tasks from deer shooting and live recovery, to taking tourists aloft, carrying musterers and their dogs onto the tops, allowing shooters to control feral goat and tahr populations in remote areas and targeting pests like rabbits and noxious weeds such as gorse and broom by aerial spraying.

Spraying and frost fighting for vineyards and orchards and scenic flights, heli-skiing, fishing and jet boating adventures are additional uses.  Essential for Rescue operations, now many machines based in the area are serviced by engineering and maintenance firms at Wanaka Airport. 


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The T-6C Texan II is used to train RNZAF pilots on their Wings course and is operated by No. 14 Squadron and the Central Flying School based at Ohakea.  A purpose-built military training aircraft, it is equipped with a glass cockpit, ejection seats, a full suite of comm-nav equipment and a pressurised cockpit.  It can withstand up to +7.0 G's and -3.5 G's, making it an ideal aircraft for flying formation aerobatics.

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This second Spitfire is owned by Auckland businessman and aerobatic champion Doug Brooker. The aircraft saw much combat action in WW11 and was converted into a two-seater after the war for training purposes.

It was imported to New Zealand in 2008 and was repainted in the colour scheme and markings of the Mark IX Spitfire flown in the North Africa campaign by Squadron Leader Colin Gray, New Zealand’s highest scoring Ace.

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"The Lear jet of the 1930s" describes the Art Deco design of the Staggerwing which was advanced for its time.  Smart design, luxury fittings and retractable landing gear, Staggerwings arrived in Australia from America in the 1930s.

Australia's first C17B model was registered VH-UXP.  It had been in service with the RAF and General Douglas MacArthur's American division based within Australia during WWII.

After many years of private use it was brought to New Zealand for a 'ground-up' restoration.


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The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide was built as a short distance commercial passenger aircraft in 1934.  In British military service they were typically used for passenger transporting and radio navigation training.  By the end of the war, 731 examples were built.  The RAF flew 81 of them as late as 1958, while many more were in service with commercial entities for recreational rides.


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The ASH 25 is a two-seater, high performance, Open Class glider, manufactured by Alexander Schleicher until September 2008.  Originally with a 25-metre wingspan, it has one of the biggest wing spans of any glider in the world.  The glider's top speed is 280 km/h.

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First flown in 1941, the Avenger was designed in an intensive five-week period.  Used mainly in the carrier-borne torpedo bomber, it went on to become one of the great war winners of WWII.  One of the largest single engine bombers of its time, built by General Motors initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  After the war an Avenger was used to assist the Government in top dressing trials.  'Plonky' is named after and painted in the colour scheme of the Avenger flown by New Zealand aviator, Fred Ladd, in the Pacific during the War and was built in 1945. 

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A high-wing four-engine, T-tailed military transport aircraft designed for multi-service, the C-17 can carry  large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world.  It can take off and land on short runways with the four Pratt & Whitney engines producing 40,440 pounds of thrust.  The C-17 has a cruise speed of 450 knots and a maximum payload of 77,519 kilograms.

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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.

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Developed by the British as a high-performance fighter aircraft, the Rolls Royce Merlin-powered Spitfire is one of the world’s most recognisable – and loved – classics at airshows around the globe.

The Spitfire had similar performance characteristics to the Messerschmitt 109 and its role during WWII saw it become the backbone of the RAF by the war’s end.

This particular model has a strong New Zealand connection with the aircraft restored by its owners, the Deere family in Marton, to honour the memory of Air Commodore Al Deere.  Air Commodore Deere served with the RAF for over forty years, signing up aged 19 at the start of the WWII to take part in the Battle of Britain.

His service was recognised with the awarding of a DSO, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, Croix de Guerre (France), Distinguished Flying Cross (US) and he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.



Nicknamed “Dogfighter Supreme”, the Yak 3 V-12 powered aircraft was the ultimate refinement in Soviet wartime fighter development. The smallest and lightest combat fighter of WW11, upon entering combat with the Luftwaffe it was found to be so much superior to the Focke-Wulf 190 and the ME-109 that a signal was sent to all squadrons saying, “avoid all combat below 10,000 feet with any Yak fighter lacking an oil cooler under the nose."

This aircraft, “Full Noise,” became the first New Zealand team to reach the Gold Unlimited final at the National Championship Air Races at Reno in the United States in 2017.  

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The American-built Mustang was a formidable game-changer in the latter stages of WWII for Allied air superiority.  Armed with six .50 calibre Browning machine guns, fitted with long range fuel tanks and modified to perform at high altitude, it was often used as a bomber escort.  In 1944 military strategists changed tactics and instructed P-51 pilots to become more aggressive, leaving the bomber formations to fly ahead forward and engage the Luftwaffe.

Powered by a licenced version of a Rolls Royce engine made by Packard, the P-51D was a popular choice for air races following the war. 



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The P-40 was one of the most controversial fighters of WWII, deemed too slow, lacking in maneuverability and having too low a climbing rate. However, along with the P-39 Airacobra, it was the only American fighter available in quantity to confront the Japanese at the beginning of the Pacific War. The P-40 had no serious vices and when flown by an experienced pilot, performed well in aerial combat.

Developed as a low altitude, close support fighter, by 1943, the P-40N version was introduced. A 360 hp Allison V-1710-81 engine, a new lightweight structure, two of the six wing-mounted guns were removed, smaller and lighter undercarriage wheels were installed, head armour was reintroduced and aluminium radiators and oil coolers were installed.  The retractable rear wheel was a unique feature.

Many P-40Ns were shipped to Allied air forces under Lend-Lease and their operational flying was in the Pacific in fighter-bomber or escort roles, most of them flown by RAF, RAAF, and RNZAF pilots.

172 P-40Ns were supplied to New Zealand and were deployed to the Pacific in 1943, where they carried out offensive and defensive fighter operations, dive bombing duties and bomber escort.  RNZAF P-40's accounted for 99 Japanese aircraft destroyed and 14 probables, for the loss of 20 to enemy action. A further 152 were written off in crashes. The P-40 was replaced in front line duties by Corsairs from 1944 and most of the surviving RNZAF P-40s were sold for scrap in 1948.

In 1974 a team of Australians and New Zealanders went to Tadji to locate and ship aircraft remains to the United States. A29-448 ended up in New Zealand where it went into storage while parts were sourced. In 1997 restoration began and a second seat was installed behind the pilot, with removable rear panels so that when the seat is not in use the aircraft reverts to stock standard condition. P-40E wings (which were fitted with six guns) were installed and in 2000 (after final assembly and testing at RNZAF Hobsonville) A29-448, now registered as ZK-CAG, flew for the first time in almost 56 years.

Taken from Joe Baugher’s background on the NZ Warbirds Association website.


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The Czechoslovakian L-39 was built as a successor to their earlier trainer, the L-29 Delfin.  Design work began in 1966 and the type first flew in November 1968.  The idea of the design was to marry an efficient powerful turbofan engine to a sleek streamlined fuselage.  this resulted in a strong economical performer which would become the next standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact.

Full scale production commenced in 1972 and the type went on to become a great success with the Soviet, Czech and Eastern German air forces.



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The Vampire was the UK's first single-jet fighter, manufactured by de Havilland Aircraft Company, the prototype flying in 1943.  A single-engine, twin-boom aircraft, powered by the Halford H. 1turbojet engine, it entered service as an interceptor for the RAF in 1946.  The type also became the RNZAF's first operational jet aircraft. The Vampire was adopted as a replacement for many wartime piston-engined fighter aircraft. During its early service, it was recognised for accomplishing several aviation firsts and various records, such as being the first jet aircraft to traverse the Atlantic Ocean.

The Vampire was exported to a wide variety of nations and was operated worldwide in numerous theatres and climates. These included the Suez Crisis, the Malayan Emergency and the Rhodesian Bush War. After 1953 the Vampire was progressively reassigned to secondary roles, such as ground attack missions and pilot training operations, for which specialist variants of the type were produced.  By the end of production, almost 3,300 Vampires had been manufactured.During 1966, the Vampire was officially retired by the RAF. 

The first Vampires arrived in New Zealand in 1951-52 and went to form No.14 and No.75 Squadron at Ohakea. Remaining in service until 1972 when replaced by the Strikemaster the type was flown by 21 countries including Australia - where 109 were built under licence.


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The Consolidated PBY Catalina is an American flying boat and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II.  The RNZAF operated 56 Catalinas in the Pacific during WWII.  Stablilising floats which, when retracted in flight, formed streamlines wing tips, were unique innovations which made this aircraft ideal for use in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escort, search and rescue missions and cargo transport.

ZK-PBY was flown by the Canadians in WWII and purchased by the Catalina Group and arrived in New Zealand in 1994.

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In RNZAF service as a pilot trainer for more than three decades the Harvard was first flown in 1937. Known as the Harvard in the British Commonwealth, T-6 Texan in the USAF and SNU by the US Navy, over 21 thousand examples were built. The Harvard was used as the primary trainer for most Commonwealth Aircrew during WWII after they had flown solo in the Tiger Moth. Fully aerobatic, it was a delight to fly but not too fast for the novice who one day would move onto single seat fighter aircraft.


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Highly-skilled pilots will perform precision aerobatics in the New Zealand YAK Formation Aerobatic Team display.

The Yak-52 is a tandem two-seater Russian air trainer with a 360 HP Vedeneyev M14P radial engine. It has a top speed of 220 knots (420 km/hr) and can withstand extreme G Forces, from -5 to +7. Rumour has it that the fuel tank was small to prevent Russian pilots from defecting to the West.

The aircraft can land with the landing gear in the up position. Although this isn't too healthy for the propeller, taking about 15-16 centimetres off it, the YAK-52 can still fly in this condition. The engine start, flaps, brakes and landing gear are all pneumatically or air operated, helping the Yak-52 operate in the cold Russian climate. To start, it is a blast of air that pushes the piston down to get the engine rotating.

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First flown in 1949, the Trojan was designed as a replacement  trainer to the venerable Harvard. Used by both the USAF and US Navy the type also saw service in the counter-insurgency role in Vietnam and the Congo. During the 1960s the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.

The Trojan has a Wright R-1820 radial engine and packs a noisy punch.  A delight to fly, it can out climb a Mustang to 10,000 feet.  In 2020 a Trojan pair will be flying in a formation display, a first for New Zealand.