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Warbirds over Wanaka 2004


One of the most thrilling aspects this year was the appearance of the beautiful Lavochkin La-9. This aircraft had been a "no show" at the previous Warbirds over Wanaka, and had subsequently been shipped to the U.K. for a couple of seasons.

As I mentioned in the introduction, the commentators speculated that the La-9 was a copy of the FW-190. Nothing could be further from the truth, I wish they wouldn't make up facts to fill in the gaps!

It put in a great display, the Shvetsov M-82 radial engine sounding very different.



T his aircraft was restored in New Zealand by Pioneer Aero Restorations Limited . They have a good section on their website devoted to it, click here to see it (opens in a new browser window).



I-153 Red 10, very cute! These things (like most single engined warbirds) have no forward visibility whatsoever. The airshow must be a huge workload for the pilots and support crew.



  I153 (left) and I-16.
I-153 and I-16




  I-16 taxiing in


Yak 3

  Another nice surprise was this MiG-21 UB parked in the toy and transport Museum compound on the airfield.


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