Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2012
All days of the Airshow are open to the general public and car parking is free.
We encourage you to pre-purchase your tickets on this website or via phone sales but gate sales are also available on all three days.
FLYING DISPLAY PROGRAMME
Friday 6th April: - Practice Day - Gates open at 7.30am.
Warbird, Civil and Military aircraft conduct practice displays in preparation for the following two days events. Practice times are 1000 – 1200 and 1300 – 1500.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow will display many aircraft types operated by servicemen of the RNZAF in earlier times and conflicts.
Aviation Trade Stands, Aircraft for Sale, Market Stalls, Food stalls, merchandise and displays of vintage vehicles, tractors, Warhorses, Ford Through the Ages and local wine and food are open. Static displays of aircraft can be viewed while warbirds practise overhead.
Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April: Airshow days - Gates open at 7.30am.
The flying programme for both days may vary in content and sequence and will be subject to aircraft serviceability. The flying programme starts at 1000 and is not stop through until 1545.
The show will finish with the airfield mock attack and final flypast by a massed fighter formation. This will be a special tribute to the RNZAF Service Men and Women, past and present, who have served our country for the past 75 years. We encourage you to remain for this final event.
Morning Programme 1000 – 1125
(1000 – 1005) Show Opening – Fighters sweep across the airfield.
(1005 - 1010) Tiger Moth Aerobatics
(1010 – 1025) Topdressers and Helicopters from Rural NZ
(1025 – 1035) Thunder Mustang – Aerobatic Master Chef
(1035 – 1045) High performance aerobatics from the MX 2
(1045 – 1055) Beechcraft T-C6 military trainer from the USA
(1055 – 1110 Harvard (T-6) Display Team – Formation Aerobatics
(1110 – 1115) T-6 Trainers old and new flypast
(1115 – 1125) Spitfire solo display
RNZAF DISPLAY 1125 – 1230
The RNZAF band introduces the RNZAF display - including the Kiwi Blue parachute team, the mighty P3 Orion sub hunter and C130 Transport. Helicopters displays include the Iroquois, Sea Sprite and a brand new A109. The display concludes with the Red Checkers Aerobatic Team display
Lunchtime Entertainment 1230 - 1315
(1230 – 1240) SUNDAY ONLY
- B777 flyover from Air New Zealand.
(1240 – 1250) Model Aircraft display with Frazer Briggs
(1250 – 1255) Flypast by De Havilland flight
(1255 – 1305) Graceful Aerobatic Glider Display
(1305 – 1315) Warhorse Display – Military Re-enactmentMain Warbird Display 1315 – 1545
(1315 – 1340) WW I fighters battle it outThe Grand Finale
(1340 – 1350) Two Russian Yak 3 fighters
(1350 – 1415) The Pacific Theatre: Two P40 Kittyhawks and the FG-1D Corsair with the TBM Avenger re-enact their WW11 capabilities.
(1415 – 1425) The Hawker Hunter blasts the Wanaka air.
(1425 – 1450) European Theatre – Two Spitfires, two Mustangs and the DC 3 Dakota.
(1450 – 1500) Moving into the Jet Era– Vampire and Strikemaster – with the P51 introducing them!
(1500 – 1515) The Vampire and Strikemaster are joined by the L39 for a jet routine of formation and solo displays .
(1520-1530) The Airfield is attacked by enemy aircraft and the fighters scramble in defence.
(1530-1545) Massed Fighter Flypast to honour past and present RNZAF Servicemen and Women.
Aviation Trade Stands, Aircraft for Sale, Market Stalls, Food Stalls, merchandise and displays of vintage vehicles, tractors and fire engines, Warhorses, Ford Cars Through the Ages and local wine and food are open. Static displays of aircraft and much more on the ground for you to see.
The Martin Jetpak simulator will allow you to try first hand what an individual jet feels like; gliders. Westland Scout AH1 and the Saunders Roe P531-2 helicopters, FW190 three-quarter scale aircraft, Tiger Moths and much more..will thrill you in the static displays.Ford Through the Ages:
Warbirds Over Wanaka is displaying ‘Ford Vehicles Through the Ages' sponsored by Dunedin City Ford. From Model T Fords to the latest FPV Fords we will be displaying around 70 vehicles for the public to view. Ford cars, trucks, tractors and Hot Rods from 1920 onwards will delight the WOW attendees.
Local Wine and Food will be showcased and sit and enjoy a glass of Central Otago's famous pinot noir and taste some of our delicious preserves and chocolates.
Warhorses, military vehicles and lively re-enactments of battles will enable you to travel back in time. Chat with enthusiasts who have restored these working examples and discover vehicles from two World Wars in life-like situations. Visit the mess tents and see the tanks and half-tracks in action.
Buy your next aircraft at Warbirds Over Wanaka! Last year an Exhibitor sold a helicopter to a visiting patron. Many different types of aircraft are for sale and on display. In addition Aviation Trade Stands are an opportunity for the aviation industry and related trades to present products and services to the industry and the public. With aviation books, radios and GIS, it's an aviation enthusiast's heaven.
Market stalls provide a great shopping opportunity for all the family with a wide variety of quality goods from jewellery, bags and clothing to real estate. Take a break from the aircraft overhead and indulge your passion!