Whitianga Warbirds and Wheels airshow

Last updated 08:48 06/01/2014

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The Whitianga airfield was buzzing with excitement - and the sound of numerous aircraft engines - on Saturday for the Warbirds and Wheels air show.

Thousands descended on the venue where about 25 vintage military aircraft were on display.

Nearby, stock cars were roaring around a track and various classic and custom cars had parked up, with just as many people attracted to them as to the planes.

A vintage DC3 was used to drop a group of high-speed parachutists from 7000 feet.

"It was a nicely balanced day. We had around 5000 punters come through and everyone really enjoyed it," Mercury Bay Aero Club vice-president Bill Beard said.

"I really liked how there was something always going on. The organisation went really well and there was always something to keep people's attention. We had a lot of kids there, which was the best thing about it really. You could tell they were all enjoying it and all getting a lot out of it."

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- Waikato

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