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The RNZAF did their usual competent display - I never cease to be amazed at how agile the A4-K Skyhawk is, and how  difficult it is to capture that first, high speed, pass on film or video!  I must be getting old.



One interesting fact that emerged was that, by thoroughly thrashing the aircraft, the Andover can be quicker to 1000 feet than the Skyhawk!   This was one of the Andover's last shows before retirement from RNZAF service.

The RNZAF purchased 10 Andovers from RAF stocks in 1976, and retired them in 1998.

HS/BAe Andover



I was wondering if they would rename the Airtrainer display team from "the Red Checkers", now that they are yellow, but apparently not! These are the original CT-4B Airtrainers with 210hp, later replaced with the 300hp CT-4E.

On Saturday night the busy airshow staff re-painted the normally silver P-51D "Miss Torque" in this olivae-drab scheme, using temporary paint. A neat way to give some variation.



Fox Moth  

There were at least three additions to the line up of De Havillands' this year.  They are the Fox Moth, Dragonfly, and the Dragon. The NAC liveried Rapide was also there, exuding good taste.



  The Dragonfly, ZK-AYR, was once flown to California, via the UK and the North Atlantic!
DH Dragonfly


  DH Dragon
This De Havilland Dragon was flown recently after a very long rebuild.
  This good looking aeroplane (right) is a 1947 Stinson Voyager belonging to Rex Evans.    According to "Classic Wings Downunder" (Vol 5 No.2) this is the third series 108 Stinson in the country.


  F4U-1 Corsair Lets get back to some heavy metal here.  This is the [insert your own superlative here - I'm running out!] Vought F4U-1 Corsair.
It's the only early model "Birdcage" known to be flying.  The RNZAF never flew this version, even though it's painted in RNZAF colours.


The Nakajima Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) was the most numerous of all Imperial Army warplanes and second only in numbers to the Zero.  Compared to the famed navy fighter it was smaller, much lighter, and cheaper to produce.  The Hayabusa first flew in January 1939 and remained in production to the end of the war with 5,919 being produced.

Nakajima Hayabusa

  The Catalina was painted in Soviet markings for the event. This thing is great, it just "sails" across the sky quite serenely, and even takes a dip in Lake Wanaka occasionally. For some reason it looks like a very dignified aeroplane to me.

The Warbird's C-47 was offering rides, but I liked looking at the outside better.  It's hard to sound enthusiastic with sounding like a crank, but what a great event!  Here's to 2000...

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