At least six vintage aircraft are expected to take part in a
World War 1 centenary event over the Wanaka lakefront next
A grant from the Lottery Grants Board World War One
Commemorations fund has enabled organisers to increase the
scale of the free public event, which is being planned as
part of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.
Event co-ordinator Ed Taylor said it was hoped a mid-air
dogfight between fighter planes would be re-enacted between
aircraft sporting allied and enemy colours.
The commemoration would begin at 4.30pm on Friday, April 18,
with Sara Randle, from Masterton's Vintage Aviator fighter
collection, presenting a commentary from a stage on Pembroke
Searchlights and music would add atmosphere, Mr Taylor said.
''We hope families and individuals from across the region
will come and join in. This is a tribute to those aviators
who took a step into the unknown and for us it's an exciting
first in being able to bring the airshow right into town.''