A one-of-a-kind Mosquito fighter bomber will take to the skies next year to headline the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow.
The de Havilland Mosquito has been confirmed for the January show, where it will take pride of place as the feature display aircraft.
Originally built in Canada in 1945, the aircraft is the only one of its kind currently flying.
Airshow director Tom Williams said securing the Mosquito was a major coup for the event.
"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.''
The Mosquito - nicknamed ''The Wooden Wonder'' - first flew in November 1940, and was faster than the Spitfire with a top speed faster than 600kmh.
Its versatility meant it was used in daytime tactical bombing, high-altitude night bombing, and photo reconnaissance.
''The legendary Mosquito has a fond place in the hearts of Australian and New Zealand airmen, with about 250 aircraft being built in Australia during the war,'' Mr Williams said.
The Mosquito is owned by American Jerry Yagen, and took seven years to rebuild at Ardmore Aerodrome.
It will line up alongside 12 other de Havilland aircraft at the event, including an early World War II biplane, a DH5, and a Vampire Jet.
More than 70 aircraft in total will be shown.
The biennial airshow will be held at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome at Wellington Anniversary Weekend, January 18 to 20, 2013.
Tickets are available through Ticketek.
- The Dominion Post