RNZAF at Wings Over Wairarapa 2013

RNZAF Roundel
RNZAF Roundel

Wings Over Wairarapa at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton on the south island of New Zealand is a fantastic air show. I attended the 2013 show and was not disappointed. I spent 3 days there mainly to see World War One era aircraft and the  de Havilland DH98 Mosquito fly but there was so much more including impressive displays by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The fly past of the Boeing 757 VIP transport is always impressive. The pilot throws the big bird around like a fighter!

RNZAF Boeing 757 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 New Zealand
RNZAF Boeing 757 – they through this VIP transport around like a fighter!’

The RNZAF no longer operates jet combat aircraft. The government of the day retired and mothballed their Lockheed A-4K Skyhawk attack aircraft and Aermacchi M.B.339 jet trainers in 2001. Today they fly basic trainers, maritime patrol aircraft, transports and helicopters to fulfill border protection, search and rescue, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid roles. Examples of many of the current RNZAF aircraft were at the air show.

Kaman SH-2 Seasprite of the Royal NZ Navy
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite of the Royal NZ Navy
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K Orion maritime patrol aircraft Wings Over Wairarapa
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K Orion maritime patrol aircraft
RNZAF Eurocopter NH90 Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
Eurocopter NH90
RNZAF P-3K
P-3K fast pass with the weapons bay open
RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iriquois
RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iriquois
Lockheed C-130H Hercules coming in for a landing at Masterton NZ WIngs Over Wairarapa 2013
Lockheed C-130H Hercules coming in for a landing at Masterton
RNZAF Augusta 109 Wairarapa Hood Aerodrome NZ
RNZAF Augusta 109
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