Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019

Wouldn’t you know it but after weeks of relatively dry days, the weather god’s decided to play some fun and games with storm fronts all over New Zealand right on the weekend of the Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton (February 22nd to 24th)! Heavy rains were predicted and rain did indeed fall all over the country but fortunately it did not disrupt the Friday practice session and only impacted on the Saturday air show by delaying the night show.

Grey skies, moody clouds, bursts of sunlight and sometimes blue skies were the order of each day except Sunday. Unfortunately the rain did mean the Sunday air show was cancelled for safety reasons. Two years ago all three days of this biannual show were completely cancelled due to torrential rain (the last time I went to the air show was in 2013, when it was held in January, so perhaps it’s time to go back to January dates?)!

Bad weather around the country and the threat of impending heavy rain also sadly kept many of the scheduled World War Two era warbirds from attending. The exceptions were the Reno racing Yakovlev Yak-3 “Full Noise” (No. 35) and the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) flying boat, both of which flew each day, even in pouring rain!

Graeme Frew takes his Yakovlev Yak-3
Graeme Frew takes his Yakovlev Yak-3 “Full Noise” out for a run at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Yakovlev Yak-3
Yakovlev Yak-3 “Full Noise” at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a low pass in some rare sunshine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019.
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a low pass in some rare sunshine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019.
New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a low pass in some rare sunshine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019.
New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso)
New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a low pass in some rare sunshine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019.
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a pass along the crowd line at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 with the wingtip stabilising floats down
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) World War Two era amphibious flying boat comes in for a pass along the crowd line at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 with the wingtip stabilising floats down
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) with the wingtip stabilising floats down
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) touches down at Hood Aerodrome NZ Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) touches down at Hood Aerodrome
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso) touches down at Hood Aerodrome
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Canso)

Another big disappointment for show organisers and attendees was the cancellation of the debut in New Zealand of a USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber which was to open the Saturday air show with a 2pm flypast whilst on the way from Guam to Australia. Unfortunately something happened to the aircraft and it ended up grounded in Australia! Luckily the RNZAF stepped in and sent a Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to help fill the void.

Moody skies - RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show
Moody skies – RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft coming in low for a pass with the gear down at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show
RNZAF Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft at Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 Saturday air show

The RNZAF were a major highlight of the show, with spirited displays also flown by the crews of a NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter, AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter, Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite naval helicopter and Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft. A Lockheed C-130H Hercules was also involved in dropping the RNZAF parachute display team “Kiwi Blue” during the day and a high up, huge flare burst during the night show. The New Zealand Air Force and Army also had numerous ground displays to check out.

RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter lifts off at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter lifts off at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter and AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter and AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter and AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter and AugustaWestland AW-109 light utility helicopter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF NHIndustries NH90 utility transport helicopter with special forces on board
RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite - the type is operated off Royal New Zealand Navy ships
RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite – the type is operated off Royal New Zealand Navy ships
RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite comes in to land near the crowd
RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The RNZAF Kaman SH2G(I) Seasprite was displayed in armed and unarmed configurations over the two days of the air festival
RNZAF Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft
RNZAF Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft in an appropriate all black livery (provides good visibility of the aircraft in both bright and dull light days) on the runway at Hood Aerodrome during Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
RNZAF Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft in an appropriate all black livery (provides good visibility of the aircraft in both bright and dull light days) on the runway at Hood Aerodrome during Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Kiwi Blue RNZAF Parachute Display Team Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Kiwi Blue RNZAF Parachute Display Team

Some Cold War era jet noise was on hand too. This was provided by an ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster (Friday) and an ex-Swiss de Havilland Venom in RNZAF markings (Saturday).

Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster (NZ6372) at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster (NZ6372) at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster takes off from Hood Aerodrome at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster takes off from Hood Aerodrome at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strike master at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Ex-RNZAF BAC 167 Strikemaster at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
de Havilland DH.112 Venom jet fighter Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
de Havilland DH.112 Venom jet fighter
de Havilland DH.112 Venom jet fighter
de Havilland DH.112 Venom – Although in RNZAF markings, this is an ex-Swiss Air Force example

The jets were joined by locally based helicopter operators, agricultural aircraft, 2/3 to 3/4 sized kit build Spitfire and P-51 Mustang mini replicas, sailplanes, remote control aircraft clubs, the Red Star formation display team flying nine Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers and most importantly, numerous World War One original, reproduction and replica aircraft from the world-renown The Vintage Aviator Collection (The Vintage Aviation Ltd. or TVAL) – fantastic stuff! There were also plenty of military, vintage, classic and custom vehicles for people to enjoy too.

Schweizer 300 light helicopter comes in to land at Hood Aerodrome during the practice day of Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Schweizer 300 light helicopter comes in to land at Hood Aerodrome during the practice day of Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Minis - a racing Mini Cooper and a 3/4 replica kit build Spitfire in the background at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Minis – a racing Mini Cooper and a 3/4 replica kit build Spitfire in the background at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Vintage Aviator Ltd. call Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand home
The Vintage Aviator Ltd. call Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand home
The Vintage Aviator Collection LVG C.VI reconnaissance bomber at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
The Vintage Aviator Collection LVG C.VI reconnaissance bomber at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection LVG C.VI
The Vintage Aviator Collection LVG C.VI “Mia” at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.II scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.II scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.Va scout outside the TVAL hangar at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.Va scout outside the TVAL hangar at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.Va scout outside the TVAL hangar at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
This particular TVAL Albatros D.Va scout had some interesting art work – Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.Va scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Albatros D.Va scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Fokker DR.I Driedecker scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (replica)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Fokker DR.I Driedecker scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (replica)
Avro 504K two-seat training aircraft on static display at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Avro 504K two-seat training aircraft on static display at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (Saturday)
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (Saturday)
TVAL de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk and de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk and de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
A Sailplane takes off under its own power Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
A Sailplane takes off under its own power
Red Star formation display team Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Red Star formation display team Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Red Star formation display team Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Yak Tails! There always has to be one odd one out!
Yakovlev Yak-52 in take-off at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Yakovlev Yak-52 in take-off at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Yak-52 “Aerospresso”
Red Star formation display team flying nine Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Red Star formation display team flying nine Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Red Star formation display team flying nine Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Red Star formation display team flying nine Yakovlev Yak-52 trainers at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Mini Spits - Supermarine Spitfire kit build replicas not quite to scale! Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Mini Spits – Supermarine Spitfire kit build replicas not quite to scale!
Mini Spitfire Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Mini Spitfire
Mini Mustang - kit build replica also not to scale Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Mini Mustang – kit build replica also not to scale
Mini P-51D Mustang Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Helicopter firefighting demo Wings Over Wairarapa 2019

Hood Aerodrome was abuzz with TVAL Airco, Albatros, Bristol, Fokker, Royal Aircraft Factory and Sopwith aircraft taking to the sky in large numbers for dog fights and formation flying. They would often take off and land from the grass strip right near the crowd line and flew a number of times each day, with different combinations of aircraft each time, which was great!

TVAL Albatros D.II Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
TVAL Albatros D.II at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Vintage Aviator Collection Green Albatros D.Va scout in flight at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Green Albatros D.Va scout in flight at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
TVAL Albatros D.Va Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Albatros D.Va scout fighter as operated by the Imperial German Air Service
The Vintage Aviator Collection Sopwith Camel scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Sopwith Camel scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (reproduction)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Fokker DR.I Driedecker scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (replica)
The Vintage Aviator Collection Fokker DR.I Driedecker scout at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 (replica)
TVAL Sopwith Triplane Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Sopwith Triplane scout fighter
TVAL SE.5a Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
One of three TVAL Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL SE.5a Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters were operated by the Royal Flying Corps and Australian Flying Corps during World War One
TVAL SE.5a Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
TVAL SE.5a – Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL SE.5a Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
TVAL SE.5a pilot taxiing by at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL Fokker D.VII replica - the original was one of the finest fighters flown by Germany in World War One
TVAL Fokker D.VII replica – the original was one of the finest fighters flown by Germany in World War One
Old foes - A Fokker D.VII passes a Sopwith Camel Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Old foes – A Fokker D.VII passes a Sopwith Camel
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 two-seat biplane reconnaissance and bomber aircraft aka the “Harry Tate”
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 observer/rear gunner
The Vintage Aviator Collection Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Knights of the sky!
TVAL Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters
Fokker DR.I Driedecker in flight Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Fokker DR.I Driedecker
Recreating World War One history - The Vintage Aviation Collection Imperial German Air Service reproduction Albatros D.II and D.Va scout fighters in formation at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Recreating World War One history – The Vintage Aviation Collection Imperial German Air Service reproduction Albatros D.II and D.Va scout fighters in formation at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Vintage Aviator Collection Wings Over Wairarapa 20919 NZ
Albatros prey…
TVAL Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 WW1 NZ
The Vintage Aviator Collection WW1 action
TVAL Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 WW1 NZ
Knights of the sky
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c with a new build RAF 1A air-cooled V8 engine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c “St. Catherine’s Ontario”
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c with a new build RAF 1A air-cooled V8 engine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c with a new build RAF 1A air-cooled V8 engine at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
An original Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f (Serial No. A1325) restored to airworthiness by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. with an original RAF1A V8 engine Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
An original Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f (Serial No. A1325) restored to airworthiness by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. with an original RAF1A V8 engine
An original Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f (Serial No. A1325) restored to flight by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. At Hood Aerodrome in Masterton New Zealand
An original Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f (Serial No. A1325) restored to flight by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. At Hood Aerodrome in Masterton New Zealand
Recreating World War One history - The Vintage Aviation Collection Imperial German Air Service reproduction Albatros D.II scout fighter at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Albatros D.II scout fighter reproduction
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 two-seat biplane reconnaissance and bomber aircraft aka the “Harry Tate” at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 on a twighlight flight
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighter takes off for a twighlight flight Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighter takes off for a twighlight flight
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighter takes off for a twighlight flight
Another SE.5a twighlight flight
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighter takes off for a twighlight flight
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighter takes off for a twighlight flight
TVAL Sopwith Snipe reproduction Hood Aerodrome NZ
TVAL Sopwith Snipe reproduction
The Sopwith Snipe in flight at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
The Sopwith Snipe in flight at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Bristol F.2B Fighter two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 NZ
Bristol F.2B Fighter two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft
Fokker DR.I Driedecker and Bristol F.2B Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Fokker DR.I Driedecker and Bristol F.2B
A new aircraft in The Vintage Aviator Collection is this Airco DH.4 in USAAS markings at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
A new aircraft in The Vintage Aviator Collection is this Airco DH.4 in USAAS markings at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
A new aircraft in The Vintage Aviator Collection is this Airco DH.4 in USAAS markings at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
A new aircraft in The Vintage Aviator Collection is this Airco DH.4 in USAAS markings at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL Airco DH.4 with a Sopwith Triplane and Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a escort at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL Airco DH.4 with a Sopwith Triplane and Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a escort at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Sopwith Triplane “Black Maria” in Royal Naval Air Service markings
TVAL Albatros D.Va in flight Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL Albatros D.Va
TVAL Bristol F.2B Fighter with a pair of Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters
Bristol F.2B Fighter with a pair of Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters
TVAL Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
TVAL Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a scout fighters
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f - an original aircraft restoration by TVAL Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2f – an original aircraft restoration by TVAL

Following a huge downpour lasting about 30 minutes which sent people scurrying for cover under marquees or wherever they could find shelter (and most stayed at the aerodrome), the Saturday night show kicked off with a sound and light show, and included a pair of sailplanes with colourful LED lights and wingtip pyrotechnic dispensers. This was followed by a huge finale of ground launched fireworks!

UK Airborne Pyrotechnics sailplane team flew during both the day and night shows Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
UK Airborne Pyrotechnics sailplane team flew during both the day and night shows at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
My attempt to capture the UK Airborne Pyrotechnics sailplane team night show at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019
My attempt to capture the UK Airborne Pyrotechnics sailplane team night show at Wings Over Wairarapa 2019

The weather did it’s threatening best but held off enough to give us two entertaining days of flying and even with many aircraft withdrawing from the show, the organizers and performers are to be commended for going on with it and making the best of a tricky situation also where else are you going to see so many amazing TVAL World War One era aircraft? Hood Aerodrome was the place to be!

Guiding the TVAL Albatros D.Va back home at Hood Aerodrome
Guiding the TVAL Albatros D.Va back home at Hood Aerodrome

10 thoughts on “Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019

  1. Fabulous photos (as usual) Thanks for making us feel that we were there!
    The mini Mustang and Spit look interesting – where do they originate?
    Colin

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  2. Looks to have been an awesome event… I never got there. It was raining with gusty winds where I was on the Saturday and I wasn’t prepared to wrestle through the traffic into the Wairarapa only to discover the displays had been cancelled by weather. In hindsight I should have gone… (sigh)… I’ve been hanging out to see the Catalina, in particular, and the WW1 collection. Thanks for sharing – what a wonderful experience it must have been! The Strikemaster, incidentally, was in the air again a week later – it overflew Wellington, heading south.

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      1. Yeah, I’m sorry I missed it. What mainly deterred me was the likelihood of stupidly dense traffic on the Remutaka hill road from Wellington, probably involving a few drivers doing idiotic things in slick driving conditions – it’s a ridiculously bad road for the volume of traffic it gets. I’ve done that crossing sitting in traffic flows moving at 15-20 km/h before, in terrible weather, watching idiots overtaking on blind corners with a 200 metre drop off if they crash, and these days try to avoid getting tangled up in that. But there will be other air shows (and the WW1 collection won’t go away!) 🙂

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