Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

January 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Features

The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2008, which is set to take place from 21 to 23 March at the Wanaka Airport, is considered by many to be the greatest warbird airshow in New Zealand, and even in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Mankind has had some incredible achievements in the past 100 years or so with regard to aviation, agriculture and general technology. Warbirds Over Wanaka is in honor of these achievements, which should be remembered and celebrated.

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka, with the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps forming a natural amphitheater, Wanaka is the perfect venue for the air show. For three days over the Easter weekend, Lake Wanaka will be elevated to centre-stage for an extravaganza of thrilling aerobatics and action.

Audiences can expect to be captivated by the display (static and aerial) of some of the most famous warbirds in the world, together with classic airplanes from the past and ultra modern jets of the present. The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow will include displays of a wide variety of military vehicles, vintage vehicles and machinery as well as an aviation trade expo.

Organizers have put excitement and entertainment high on their list of priorities, and more than 60 aircraft will participate in the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2008. History will be recreated with scenes highlighting the flimsy bi-planes of World War I, the sturdier airplanes of World War II, as well as the fighters of Korea and Vietnam. The Royal New Zealand Air Force will put on a display of aerobatic skill which is sure to leave spectators awe-struck.

In the military enclosure, a breathtaking pyrotechnic display of action-movie proportions will accompany the military vehicles and actors demonstrating what these machines are capable of. Life-like situations will be acted out, such as the Sergeant Major bellowing orders to his troops while tanks and half-tracks patrol the perimeter on the lookout for possible enemy attack.

The display of vintage machinery and vehicles will provide visitors with valuable insight into New Zealand’s heritage. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with the dedicated people who restore and maintain working examples of machinery from days gone by.

The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2008 promises to have something to inform and entertain every member of the family – so be sure to be there.

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