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… Read More Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019
Australia and New Zealand have a unique warbird scene which is dominated by World War Two era aircraft. One of the most classic fighters of that period was the British built Supermarine Spitfire, an aircraft that was flown by both RAAF and RNZAF pilots during the war. New Zealand did not actually own any Spitfires outright.… Read More Spitfires Down Under
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… Read More RNZAF at Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
When thinking of classic British aircraft of World War Two the Supermarine Spitfire and De Havilland Mosquito always spring to mind. Both were powered by the Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 liquid cooled engine that proved to be one of the most successful of that era and powered numerous other famous aircraft such as the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and what… Read More Rolls Royce Beauties
The Aero L-39 Albatros was a highly successful Eastern Bloc jet trainer built in the former nation of Czechoslovakia. It was introduced into Warsaw Pact air forces including the Soviet Union from 1971 onwards and continues to operate with many air forces around the world today (approximately 2,800 were built). They are also quite prolific these days in the hands… Read More Aero L-39 Albatros up close in NZ
The Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 air show in Masterton, New Zealand featured many spectacular flying displays but something really cool about this show was being able to see many World War One era wooden framed, fabric covered biplane and triplane aircraft take flight. The Knights of the Sky return! The Vintage Aviator who are based at Hood Aerodrome… Read More Knights of the Sky – Wings Over Wairarapa 2013
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… Read More Wings Over Wairarapa 2013: Piston Power to the Jet Age
After a seven year reconstruction and restoration by Avspecs Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26 fighter-bomber, “The Wooden Wonder” took to the skies once again in 2012 appearing at a number of flying events around Auckland (the first flight was September 27th, 2012). This particular aircraft, serial number KA114, was originally built in Canada in… Read More de Havilland Mosquito KA114 flies again!