A French Air Force CASA CN-235-300 aircraft will be open for public inspection during the 2014 Warbirds airshow. Photo supplied.
A delegation of French military officials and a specialist
surveillance aircraft will arrive in Wanaka next Easter,
jointly hosted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the
Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.
The French will be bringing a CASA CN-235-300 aircraft, which
will be open for the public to view throughout the three days
of the airshow.
Warbirds Over Wanaka general manager Ed Taylor said it would
be the first time Wanaka had hosted the French military.
''The aircraft, crew and high-ranking officials will add real
international flair to the show and we are absolutely
delighted that the Armee de L'Air [French Air Force] have
accepted our invitation to Central Otago.''
The CASA is a medium-range twin-turbo-prop aircraft developed
jointly between CASA in Spain and IPTN in Indonesia as a
regional airliner and military transporter, Mr Taylor said.
Among its military roles are maritime patrol, surveillance
and troop transport.
''This is a sophisticated tactical aircraft, something the
public doesn't generally get a chance to get close to,'' Mr