Jets confirmed for Warbirds

Three RAAF Hawk 127 fighter trainers near Port Stephens, north of Sydney. Photo supplied.
Three RAAF Hawk 127 fighter trainers near Port Stephens, north of Sydney. Photo supplied.

Two more jet aircraft have been confirmed for Easter's Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow.

The Royal Australian Air Force is planning to send two light-attack Hawk 127s across the Tasman.

The aircraft are mainly used by the RAAF as lead-in fighter trainers to prepare crews to fly F/A-18 Hornets.

Airshow event manager Mandy Deans said yesterday the Hawk 127s had not been seen at the airshow before.

''Because of their advanced technical capabilities and huge power we are expecting a pretty spectacular display.

''They should be able to land here at Wanaka Airport and we are delighted the Australians have given the go-head for them to come.''

Hawk 127s are two-seater jets about 12m long capable of over 1200kmh.

They are powered by a single Rolls-Royce turbofan engine and can carry Mk 82 bombs, Sidewinder missiles and a 30mm cannon.

Six other jet aircraft - three Aero L-29s, two De Havilland Vampires and an Aero L-39 - are already scheduled to compete head-to-head in jet racing at the airshow.

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