The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has signalled
it is moving firmly into the jet age.
While much of the pulling power of past airshows has been
their displays of piston-engined veteran aircraft from World
War 2, the highlights of Saturday's show at Wanaka Airport
revolved around jet engines.
Two Australian Royal Air Force Hawk 127 aircraft entertained
the crowd with a high-speed, low altitude example of modern
And six jets flying head-to-head in Reno-style round-the
pylons races were the show-stoppers of day.
Despite a few drops of rain, the weather stayed fine, and it
did not appear crowd numbers were affected by rumours on
Friday the show had been cancelled because of bad weather.
Show general manager Ed Taylor said 8361 people attended
practice day on Friday and while numbers for Saturday were
not yet known, it appeared they would be as good, if not
better than previous shows.
At one point, two lanes of traffic were backed up from the
airport about 8km towards Wanaka.