A rare de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber will be the feature display aircraft at January's Wings Over Wairarapa.
The Mosquito FB.26 KA114 is the only one flying in the world and will take to the skies in the biennial airshow at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, January 18 till January 20.
Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow director Tom Williams says securing the Mosquito is a major coup for the event and will attract international attention.
"The Mosquito was one of the fastest operational aircraft in World War II and the only one to be constructed almost entirely of wood. Its significance to World War II history is not to be underestimated," says Mr Williams, who was instrumental in securing the Mosquito after meeting its owner, Jerry Yagen, in 2008 at the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow.
The Mosquito, nicknamed the Wooden Wonder, first flew in November 1940.
The Mosquito will feature alongside more than 70 other aircraft during the three-day Wings Over Wairarapa, which has the theme Honouring The Past, Celebrating The Future. It will have vintage aircraft from World War I, classics from World War II and stunning displays by contemporary aircraft as well as offering a glimpse of the future of aviation.
Wings Over Wairarapa will also feature displays from other rarely-seen vintage aircraft and there will be agricultural displays.
There will be gliders and helicopter displays, jet formations and aerobatics as well as participation from the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock airfield attack lighting up the skies.
There will be entertainment on the ground with mock battles, static displays, including a combined Defence Forces interactive camp, children's entertainment, contemporary and vintage military vehicles, a trade site village and a food and wine festival showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality.
Tickets to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 are on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets, by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or online through www.ticketek.co.nz.
- Wairarapa News