Warbirds Over Wanaka is planning to run one of the fastest
motor racing events in the world at its international airshow
Six jet aircraft, travelling about 640kmh, will go
head-to-head around big inflated pylons on an 8km triangular
course in the Upper Clutha Valley.
Announcing the race as one of the feature events of the
Wanaka Airport-based three-day show, general manager Ed
Taylor said organisers had been looking for something
different to add to the show.
He described air racing as ''high octane and noisy''.
''Jet aircraft are always a big favourite with the airshow
crowd. To have six of them racing around pylons will be
something special to see.''
The aircraft will be three Aero L-29s, two De Havilland
Vampires and an Aero L-39.
Three of the pilots will be New Zealanders, led by
Taranaki-based aerobatic pilot Brett Emeny, and three will be
pilots from the United States who have competed in the Reno
''It's going to be extremely fast, with plenty of passing
action,'' Mr Taylor said.
The crowd will be kept up to date by a guest commentator and
comments from some pilots will be relayed to the crowd.
The pilots will practise for a week before the three-day
event, which will take place on April 18 to 20 next year.