Friday 10th April – Practice Day
No airshow is scheduled this day.
Gates open at 7.30am – Warbird, civil and military aircraft conduct practised displays in preparation for the following Airshow days. All ground exhibits are open.
Free lakeside aircraft event for all from 4.30pm - 5pm.
Programme will start with the firing of two 25 pounder field guns from the Warhorses, across the Lake. The programme will include the Catalina landing and taking off from the Lake; aerobatics from the Yak 52 Team; RNZAF helicopter capability display, a special flypast and the half hour programme will finish with a stunning flare display from the RNZAF mighty Hercules.
In the air you will see some of the world’s most iconic Warbird aircraft plus more modern military machines, aerobatics and so much more. The aerial action is backed by world-class pyrotechnics while the military re-enactor group and the RNZAF Band, the WWII 'Bombette' singers, USAF Rock Band and the Wanaka Ukelele Group will entertain on the ground.
The flying programme for both days may vary in content and sequence and will be subject to aircraft serviceability. It will run continuously from 1000 until 1600.
THE B-52 BOMBER WILL FLYOVER ON SUNDAY 12TH ONLY, TIME YET TO BE DETERMINED.
Morning Programme 1000 – 1250
Show Opening – be here on time!
The Dancing de Havillands
Civil Helicopter display
Unlimited Aerobatics MXS
Yak 52 Team Formation Aerobatics
United States Air Force C-130J display
I-16 Polikarpov solo display – Jurgis Kairys
Marsh Harvard Aerobatics Display team
Universal Developments Jet Race followed by Jet Aerobatics
Lunchtime Entertainment 1250 - 1345
Frazer Briggs – model aircraft
Classic Aircraft of the 1930s Display
WOW Flying Scholarship recipient’s flypast
Warhorse Display – Military Re-enactment & Field Gun barrage
Afternoon Programme 1345 – 1600
Spitfires and P-40 displays
Battle of Milne Bay (Pacific), Nanchangs, P-40N/guns.
PBY Consolidated Catalina / Air Chatham’s DC3
RAAF F/A-18 Hornet display
Yak 3s and I-16 Polikarpov – Battle of Kharkov (Eastern Front)
Avro Anson Mk 1 /Trojans/Grumman Avenger flypast and solo displays
Trojan pairs aerobatic display.
The Grand Finale 1540 -1600
Massed Fighter Flypast. (Tribute to 75th Anniversary of VE Day)
Rides Day information is available here.
"Back again this year and never, ever dissatisfied! Superbly organised in every way from start to finish. Hats off to all involved, you deserve hearty congratulations! What a show! WOW indeed!!" Roger 2018.