Rolls after breakfast

Spectators at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow who did not get close enough to the action over the weekend had the chance yesterday to climb aboard for a ride.

The ''rides day'' was a new feature of the show this year and a dozen or more veteran and modern planes were busy carrying passengers from Wanaka Airport.

Tony McMaster, of Christchurch, took the opportunity of a half-hour, $2500 flight in a Soviet-era L-29 Delphin and is pictured being briefed by pilot Ian Griggs, of Christchurch.

He said afterwards he had prepared for barrel rolls over Lakes Hawea and Wanaka by having a very light, very early breakfast.

Mr McMaster's wife Liz and sister Anne Johnston waved him off and were also contemplating a jet ride at some stage in the future.