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Hawker Hunter  
The fabulous Hawker Hunter, ex Singaporean Air Force.

 

 

I cranked the shutter speed up, but fast jets are hard to get sharp.

  De Havilland Vampire T11 Brett Emeny brought his lovely De Havilland Vampire T11 along and displayed it to full effect!
 

Poetry in motion!

RNZAF Jet trainers - Vampire and Strikemaster   A sight to warm the heart of RNZAF fans like myself - the Vampire T11 with the sweet BAC Strikemaster Mark 88. The Strikemaster ("Blunty") replaced the Vampire in RNZAF service.
  P-51D Mustang, Vampire, and Strikemaster.
P-51D, Strikemaster, and Vampire.
  V flavoured Blunty

The Strikemaster wore a temporary scheme supporting its sponsor, V Energy drink. Thanks, V!

Reminds me of the De Havilland Sea Vixen that wore another brand in the UK a couple of years ago...

  The Sopwith Camel replica owned by The Vintage Aviator Limited, and flown to good effect by the intrepid Gene DeMarco.
Sopwith Camel F.1 Replica

 

  Sopwith Camel F.1 Replica

The Camel replica is powered by an original 160hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine, similar to the 150hp of the original. Apparently Monosoupape means"Single Valve", a weight saving design feature.

There are only 7 known original Camels left world wide, according to Wikipedia. Intriguingly it suggests that one of them was sold by an American Museum to a "museum in New Zealand". Anyone got any details?

 

New this year is TVAL Fokker DVIII which is powered by a replica Oberursal rotary engine. Stunning that these guys are now reproducing entire engines!

How about a Fokker Dr.1 (Triplane) replica powered by an "original" replica engine?

 

Fokker DVIII
 

If I understand correctly (and don't take this as gospel), the French firm of Société des Moteurs Gnome were licence building a single cylinder stationary engine designed by the German company, Oberursel. Gnome then designed the multi cylinder Rotary engine which offered a good power to weight ratio for aircraft engines. Oberursel licenced the design prior to WW1.

During the conflict, combating aircraft were commonly powered by the Gnome designed engines.

 

Another fine World War 1 era aircraft attending was the replica Bristol Fighter, seen here accompanying the Camel, both trying to avoid the Fokker DVIII!


Vampire trainer

 

  Fokker DVIII and Bristol Fighter

Unfortunately the Fokker met the Brisfit, can't remember the outcome of this battle!

 

I believe that this is a Christchurch Trio called Frankie, with two additional singers. Good music, anyway - they have a stage set up in the entertainment area, near the food vendors. A cool way to spend lunch time.


Frankie trio + 2

 

 

The man on the left is Frazer Briggs, one of the top RC pilots ever.

 

What Frazer Briggs can't do with his 1/4 scale(?) model isn't worth doing! Including hovering on one spot - obviously a greater than 1:1 power to weight ratio.



 

  Percival Proctor 1

Percival Proctor 1 ZK-DPP graced the Wanaka skies with its presence.

 

This aircraft has been P6271 in the RAF, G-AHTV, and VH-BCX. It is stunning.


Percival Proctor 1

 

  Fox Moth ZK-ADI

Fox Moth ZK-ADI, the last Fox Moth produced in Britain.

 

The tail wheel on the DC-3 spun around on landing, kicking up a bit of dust and causing an audible "ooooh!" from the crowd.

It was great to see the DC-3/C-47 combo from Southern and New Zealand Warbirds.

Southern DC-3
  Hawker Beechcraft T-6C

The Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan II. Why do we have to reuse aircraft names? A significantly modified licenced version of the popular Pilatus PC-9. According to the publicity material, it is so different that there are no components in common!

 

It did an excellent solo display, and then a duo with a North American Harvard of the Roaring 40's aerobatic team.


Hawker Beechcraft T-6C

 

  Roaring Forties The Aero L-39, beautiful!

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