The Kiwi’s really know how to put on an air show. The flying displays are relatively low and close to the crowd line with plenty of passes that show off the lines of all the classic aircraft that take to the sky. Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand was no exception.
Aircraft from World War One, World War Two through to the modern-day took part in the air show with some absolute stand out one of a kind flying displays. Imagine the worlds only flying de Havilland DH98 Mosquito, the worlds only flying military configuration Avro Anson Mk.I and a World War One original (!) Royal Aircraft Factory Be.2F all taking flight along with Supermarine Spitfires, Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks, a Vought F4U Corsair, a North American P-51D Mustang, de Havilland Vampire jets, Aero L-39 Albatros jets and so much more including Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft and civilian aircraft and helicopters. You start to get the idea and the good news is this goes on for 3 days every 2 years (a practice day and 2 official air show days)!
Unique large formations of aircraft that you just wont see at your average airshow were a daily event at Wairarapa 2013. From piston power to the jet age there was something for everyone!
Aerobatics, precision flying, pylon racing and displays such as fire bombing were also part of the show along with a great collection of various de Havilland aircraft. The organizers try to make Wairarapa a show that offers something from all aspects of aviation with a strong focus on the history and evolution of aircraft.
There is a lot more going on at ground level too from static aircraft displays to historic military vehicles. If you ever get a chance to see one of the major air shows in New Zealand it is well worth the trip. Apart from Wairarapa these include Classic Fighters Omaka and Warbirds Over Wanaka which are all world renown.