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Mosquito Launch Spectacular

De Havilland Mosquito KA114  

First treat, the Mosquito roaring in low overhead. They weren't afraid of flying low and fast. Like most Kiwi airshows, it was reasonably close to the crowd.

The markings are of a 487 Squadron (RNZAF) aircraft used on the Amiens Prison Raid.


De Havilland Mosquito KA114
  De Havilland Mosquito KA114

That beautiful Mosquito shape!

  There were a couple of notable formation flights, this one with Brett Emeny's two seater Vampire. Mosquito and Vampire
Mosquito, Spitfire, Kittyhawk, Mustang!  

How's this for a formation? Spitfire Tr.9, P-40N, Mosquito Fb 26, and a P-51D Mustang.

After the air show we seemed to be allowed on to the airfield to touch the beast. Actually it was quite emotional, with a few of the veterans still there - people were very happy and somewhat in awe of this thing.  
De Havilland Mosquito KA114
  SpitfireTr.9 And against the light... One last glance at this beautiful aircraft. A New Zealand success story in every way.

The other remarkable restoration that was a very pleasant surprise for me was the Avro Anson I of Bill and Robin Reid. I caught this unusual view through the multiple legs of the crowd in front. No gold passes this time!

Avro Anson I
  Avro Anson I This lovely old light bomber and trainer is in the colours of a Kiwi pilot who became the first RAF prisoner of war in World War 2. According to the airshow commentary, anyway!

Sneaking in low over the trees, but still caught it.

Avro Anson I

  RNZAF TAF P-51D Riley, Anson, Mosquito.

We were close to the grass runway threshold, closer than I have ever been - got some amazing shots!

Grumman TBM Avenger

  Miles Messenger The very pretty Miles Messenger.

The RNZAF attended, with a display by a Red Checkers Air Trainer in 75th Anniversary colours. Always a cool display!

Sharkmouth 9 o'clock low!

  The end of the Submarine As mentioned previously, Doug Hood's Spitfire Tr.9 displayed. What's the white panel, anyone?

Ex RNZAF Aermacchi MB339-CB. These should be flying with the RNZAF, but we were fed some story about the engines. This doesn't stop some of them being sold as a going concern to a training firm in the states. More political rubbish.

ex RNZAF Aermacchi 339


Ex RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk.


De Havilland Dragon, short finals.

De Havilland Dragon

  Tiger Moth followed by 2 Chipmonks

De Havilland Tiger Moth followed by two Chipmunks.


Final photo of the event, a very thorough preflight on a mint Tiger Moth.

Yak 3

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