Proposal made in warbird over Wanaka

21:25, Apr 20 2014
SHE SAID YES!: Auckland couple Dan Frew and Krysta Goldfinch at the Wanaka Airport after Frew proposed to Goldfinch, and she accepted, midair in different aircraft during the Warbirds over Wanaka training day.

War aircraft do not usually inspire romance but, for Auckland couple Dan Frew and Krysta Goldfinch, love was in the air over Wanaka on Friday.

Aircraft engineer Frew, 30, had thought of proposing to Goldfinch, 29, his girlfriend of two years, beside a lake.

However, after talking to a few of his former work buddies it was decided he would do it thousands of feet in the air at the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow training day.

Frew held a sign saying "will you marry me" up against the window of the Yak aircraft he was in, while Goldfinch was flying in his aunt and uncle Robyn and Bill Reid's Avro Anson.

Bill Reid then handed her a "yes" and a "no" sign.

She held up the yes sign.


Goldfinch, a commercial banker, said the proposal was spontaneous.

"He's not usually like that. He's a normal guy. I was shocked," Goldfinch said.

Once both aircraft landed, after a "victory roll over the airfield", Frew got down on one knee and placed on her finger the engagement ring he had designed.

The couple plan to marry in Auckland in about a year and a half, he said.


The Southland Times