Best fighters of WWII to star at airshow

21:23, Jan 21 2013
STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY: Formation flying at the Classic Fighters Airshow.
DRAMA IN THE SKIES: Action at the Classic Fighters Airshow.
VINTAGE FIGHTERS: A pair of Fokkers flying.
TRIPLE TROUBLE: A Fokker triplane.
BIG GRIN: A Kittyhawk makes a low pass over the airfield.

Aviation fans will be thrilled by the appearance of two of World War II's best-known fighter planes at this year's show, says Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow organiser Graham Orphan.

The biggest drawcard at Marlborough's biennial airshow will be the beautifully reconditioned German Focke-Wulf Fw190 and the British Spitfire Mk.XIVe, he said yesterday.

The two aircraft were considered to be the elite fighter aircraft at the end of World War II, the result of a technology race between the Germans and the British to produce the quickest and most powerful aircraft.

Two Yak 52s get up close and personal during their display
RNZAF Red Checkers display team.
Vespa Scooters take a cruise around the show
WW1 re-enactment
A Spitfire comes in to land.
A Harvard does a flyby
Kiwi Blue RNZAF parachute team come into land
Dale Hulburt shows Liam Nelson 7 the Thopmson M1 ACP machine gun
88mm anti aircraft gun fires in battle
P51 Mustang in WW2 Scenario.

"When the Luftwaffe [German Airforce] Focke-Wulf took to the skies at the end of World War II, it just blew everything else out of the water," said Mr Orphan.

"And when the Royal Airforce honed the Spitfire by giving it a new engine, the two aircraft represented the pinnacle of development in the second half of World War II."

The three-day event at the the Omaka Aerodrome near Blenheim during Easter Weekend March 29-31, is the major fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

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Warrant officer Kevin Pope ,Air Force parachute display team Kiwi Blue
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Flight sergeant Scotty Hunter, a helicopter crewman from No6 Squadron leans out the side of an SH2G Seasprite. CDR James Tayler captains the aircraft.
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Vintage biplanes
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Vintage biplanes
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Yak 52's perform their criss-cross move
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DC-3
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Catalina Flying boat.
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RNZAF Iroquois
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Big crowds enjoy the show.
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'Winston Churchill' makes an appearance
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RNZAF Iroqouis.
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WWII scenario.
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WWII scenario - strafing run by Harvard
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Enjoying every moment despite the weather
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Bombing the tanks
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Non stop action for the crowd to enjoy
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WWII action
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The V2 Rocket explodes as the finale in the WWII battle
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V2 Rocket explosion
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V2 rocket under attack from Spitfires
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This family were caught unawares by a radio controlled model Albatross aeroplane
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DC3 in formation.
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Sir Peter Jackson.
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Dave Lochead give a very enthusiastic re-enactment
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Primed and ready for firing
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Westpac Rescue chopper winching demonstration
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Thunder Mustang.
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Magnificent seven - Seven Fokker Triplanes
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RSA veteran, George Wastney, on right, served in the Navy during WWII
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Jan Robinson, from Nelson, as a major in the third Panzer Grenadiers
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Tom Hobson, 8, sittin in a replica Mustang.
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Peter McCormick checking out a mustang
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Leyton Stephenson flew in Cosairs, in the Pacific, from 1942-45 during air to air and air to ground missions in 16 squadron. He was hit by schrapnel from an anti aircraft gun and had to bale out. He was picked up from the sea by an American gun boat. he flew again immediately.
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Ground battle
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Ground battle
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Ground battles
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Ground battles
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Amelia Harding-Brown gets to try out a pilots seat with the help of a RNZAF Museum safety and surface technician explains
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Captured
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WWI Biplanes.
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Fokker Triplanes perform for the huge crowd
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Sir Peter Jackson mingles with the crowd
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The Hobbit second unit director and Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis and son Louis
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Sir Peter Jackson and Ruby Serkis
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Ground battles
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Children push against the prop wash of a Harvard as it parks up for the night
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Yak 52s.
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Shaun Crabb looks skywards in the fading evening light
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Navy Seasprite.
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V2 rocket
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Erin Creasey, Michael Murrie-Jones (Luftwaffe war correspondant) and Susie Ford
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Michael Chubb, cleaning his Webley .38 piston, is a British parachutist
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Corsair.
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Andrew Vincent Fokker Triplane pilot
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Corsair.
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In deep discussion: Andrew Carter from Sydney and Gerry Chisum (pilot of the D7).
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V2 rocket arrives at the launch site
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Fokker Triplanes
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A parachutist jumps from a RNZAF Hercules high above the airfield.
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Kiwi Blue team of parachutists jumps from a RNZAF Hercules high above the airfield.
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P40 Kittyhawk.
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P40 Kittyhawk on right
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P40 Kittyhawk.
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Doug Brooker's rare two seater Spitfire makes its first appearance at a major New Zealand airshow.
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Experienced pilot Frank Parker in a Focke Wulf 190 (Romanian built replica)
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Peter Steggle takes a ride in a Mk 9 Spitfire (1943)
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The money raised will go towards a new hangar for the centre, to display the collection of World War II aircraft, including the Focke-Wulf and Spitfire.

The event usually draws a crowd of about 25,000 to Marlborough, and a few more were expected this year with the growing interest in classic fighters, and Easter Weekend falling in March instead of April.

A record crowd flocked to the Wings over Wairarapa in Masterton at the weekend and the New Zealand International Airshow, featuring the Jetman, is on in Auckland this weekend.

Focke-Wulf Fw190
Crowd pleaser: The German Focke-Wulf Fw190 and its counterpart, the British Spitfire Mk.XIVe, will be major highlights at this year’s Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow, held over the Easter weekend.

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