Wings Over Wairarapa 2013: Piston Power to the Jet Age

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.

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX

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)!

de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26
Avro Anson Mk.I Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Avro Anson Mk.I
Royal Aircraft Factory Be.2F flying Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand
Royal Aircraft Factory Be.2F
Fokker Dr.I Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Fokker Dr.I
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk Vought F4U Corsair
Pacific Fighters – Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk & Vought F4U Corsair
North American Harvard Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
North American Harvard
Curtiss P-40 & North American P-51D Mustang Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Curtiss P-40 & North American P-51D Mustang
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX
North American P-51D in post war NZ Territorial Air Force markings
North American P-51D in post war NZ Territorial Air Force markings
Vought F4U Corsair Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Vought F4U Corsair – one of the primary fighters of the RNZAF in WW2
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX two seat trainer NZ
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX two seat trainer
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX Spitfire Mk.IX New Zealand Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX and Mk.IX
BAC Strikemaster NZ Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
BAC Strikemaster formerley of the RNZAF
Aero L-39 Albatros NZ
Aero L-39 Albatros
de Havilland Vampire
de Havilland Vampire
de Havilland Vampire Wings Over Wairarapa
de Havilland Vampires
de Havilland Venom NZ
de Havilland Venom
RNZAF Boeing 757 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand
RNZAF Boeing 757
RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iriquois
RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iriquois

 

Kaman SH-2 Seasprite of the Royal NZ Navy
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite of the Royal NZ Navy
RNZAF Augusta 109 Wairarapa Hood Aerodrome NZ
RNZAF Augusta 109
RNZAF Lockheed P-3 Orion Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
RNZAF Lockheed P-3 Orion

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!

Mosquito Spitfire formation Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
de Havilland Mosquito and Supermarine Spitfires – you can hear the Rolls Royce Merlin engines purr
A New Zealand first! A formation display by six jet fighter trainers featuring the Aero L39 Albatros, de Havilland Vampire and BAC Strikemaster Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
A New Zealand first! A formation display by six jet fighter trainers featuring the Aero L39 Albatros, de Havilland Vampire and BAC Strikemaster
de Havilland Mosquito Vampire Venom formation Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand Hood Aerodrome
de Havilland fighters – Mosquito, Vampires and Venom
fighter "Balbo" flypast Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
A fantastic fighter “Balbo” flypast

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.

Red Star Aerobatic Team flying the Yakovlev Yak-52 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 NZ
Red Star Aerobatic Team flying the Yakovlev Yak-52
MX2 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand
MX2
Harvard formation aerobatics New Zealand
Harvard formation aerobatics
Yakovlev Yak-52 racing in New Zealand Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Yak racing!
Yakovlev Yak-52 racing in New Zealand Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Yak racing!
Air Tractor crop duster NZ
Air Tractor crop duster
PAC Cresco firebomber Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
PAC Cresco firebomber
de Havilland Dragon Rapide
de Havilland Dragon Rapide
de Havilland Fox Moth NZ
de Havilland Fox Moth
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk NZ
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk
de Havilland Tiger Moth
de Havilland Tiger Moth

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.

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk NZ
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in RAAF markings
Valentine Stuart Tank bren gun carrier NZ
WW2 tanks and vehicles
RNZAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules  Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
RNZAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules open for inspection

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