Airshow rewards sky high

23:17, Jul 14 2013
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Classic Aero Machining Service - Tony Wytenburg with a beautifly machined rotary engine to be showcased at the Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow.
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Pin-up Girl Antoinette Bason and re-enactment group members from Delta Group Military History and Preservation Society
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Avro Anson and Nanchang fly over Havelock to promote the Classic Fighters Air show at Omaka 2013
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RARE SHOW: The Avro Anson banks during its flight over Nelson and Tasman to promote the Classic Fighters show at Omaka this weekend.
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Avro Anson and Yak
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Yak flying over the Salt Works south of Seddon in Marlborough
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Yak flying over Marfells Beach in Clifford Bay, Marlborough.
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Avro Anson flying over the Awatere Valley in Marlborough
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Yak flying over the Awatere River in Marlborough
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Tony Karauria with his labrador, Colonel Rhodh.
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Roman Black poses as a British paratrooper. He's been doing this for five years and loves it
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Corsair
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Harvard arrives with singer Sarah Brown.
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Harvard in the sunset
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Yak 52s
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ME 108
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Sarah Brown entertains
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Yaks line up for take off
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RNZAF Iroquois
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Yaks going through their display.
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Yaks going through their display.
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Corsair going through its display with a high speed pass
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RNZAF NH 90 helicopter landing
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Ex-RNZAF Strikemaster
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Lining up for the show on Saturday
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Classic Fighters Omaka 2013
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Fokker Triplanes as the sun breaks through at the start of the day on Saturday
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Spitfires
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Ready for takeoff
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Kittyhawk
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Corsair
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WW2 finale with tank
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The German Natter plane is destroyed during the WW2 Finale.
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The German Natter plane prepares for launch during WW2 Finale.
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Focke Wulf.
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WW1 biplane a Sopwith Camel and a triplane.
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Beech 17
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The RNZAF Red Checkers perform
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Corsair
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Spitfire chased by a Focke Wulf
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Harvard
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Glider display
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Spitfire
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Magnificent Seven Fokker Triplanes
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Magnificent Seven Fokker Triplanes
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Four Fokker Triplanes flying very close together
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The Red Baron in a Fokker triplane has a Sopwith Camel in its sights.
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Troops preparing for the day
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Sopwith Pup
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers team perform their display
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Kiwi Blue parachute team make their descent.
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers team perform their display.
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Fokker Triplanes fly in formation.
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Expositive fireballs rise into the sir during the crowd thearte at the Classic Fighters Air Show.
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Alan Mitchell, left and Greg Olsen of Nelson dressed as World War One German officers .
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Two Spitfire aircraft and a Focke Wulf Fw 190, top right fly past the crowd.
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Smoke comes from an MX2 aerobatic aircraft as it performs it's display in the morning light.
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Ground theatre
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Moisture comes off the propellers of a DC3 aircraft as it takes off
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P-51 Mustang
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Kiwi Blue parachute team
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Fokker Triplanes fly in formation a
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A Royal New Zealand Air Force NH 90 helicopter taxis past the actors dressed as German soldiers and a replica Tiger Tank
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The F27 Friendship was a common site in New Zealand when opearted by Air New Zealand.
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Kiwi Blue parachute team
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Amelia Reid, top and Sally Martin both actors on Shortland Street dressed in Royal Air Force uniform on the stairs of a MK1 Avro Anson at the 2013 Classic Fighters Air Show at Omaka. The Anson the only one of it's type flying in the world was restored by the Reid Family of Wakefield. Amelia who plays Bella on Shortland Street is the daughter of Bill Reid who restored the aircraft.
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers team perform as the sun sets
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the sun sets on the Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers
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The Yak 52 display team performs on the first day
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Jay McIntyre at the controls of a Nanchang over Omaka Airfield
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Avro Anson Bomver and Yak 3 Fighter pictured over the Awatere River and Awatere Valley in Marlborough
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Two spitfires and the Focke Wulf FW190
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The 2013 Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow generated $3.21 million for the region's economy, according to an independent report.

The Economic Evaluation of Classic Fighters 2013, prepared by Auckland research specialists Covec, showed the return on investment far exceeded the returns on other high-profile events, including the Auckland Marathon, the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament and the Heineken Open men's tennis tournament.

Classic Fighters committee member Jane Orphan said the report was "impressive" and confirmed the entire community benefited from the airshow held every two years.

"This proves to people that this is a worthwhile event that benefits everyone, not just a small section of the community who are being entertained," she said.

"We've had some pretty hard criticism in the past and I think [the report] answers those questions about how widely this benefits the region."

The study was put together with information from the show's operating budget, a face-to-face survey of 821 people at the show, and an online survey of 1326 participants and attendees.

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It showed the equivalent of 30,000 day tickets were sold over the three-day event, and 21,430 people attended.

Of those, 6540 people were from Marlborough, and the remaining 14,890 were from outside the region. Of the out of town attendees, 1799 attended the show "incidentally" as they were visiting the region for a different reason.

The visitor nights and the spend generated at the event - as assessed by the Covec report - was only attributed to the remaining 13,090 visitors.

Spectators were most likely to be male, with more than two-thirds of attendees men, with an average age of 52.

The 13,090 show visitors stayed an average of 2.08 nights in Marlborough each.

The total spend from all visitors, on accommodation, food and beverage, transport, activities and retail shopping, excluding airshow tickets, was $3.05m.

A further $153,855 was spent in Marlborough to organise and deliver the event.

Marlborough's investment in the event, mainly from ticket sales by Marlborough residents, was almost $299,584.

The return on Marlborough's investment was $6.31 for every dollar spent, or 631 per cent, "a high level of return for a major event", the report said.

"The average return on investment across Auckland's event portfolio was 95 per cent in 2012-13."

Council strategic planning and economic development manager Neil Henry said the reason the event had such high returns was because of the high number of people who attended the event from outside Marlborough.

"The report shows the value in holding events here that attract people from outside the region who spend their money here," he said.

The Marlborough District Council did not put any money towards the event, he said.

Councillors are to discuss the report and a proposed regional events strategy at the council's community and financial planning committee meeting on Thursday.

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