Double delight for Warbirds

Warbirds Over Wanaka will host the first major display of two Trojan aircraft flying together at...
Warbirds Over Wanaka will host the first major display of two Trojan aircraft flying together at next year's airshow. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The first major act has been announced for next year's Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, and it will be a New Zealand airshow first.

New Plymouth-based pilots Brett Emeny and Peter Vause are working on a pairs formation in their North American Trojan T-28 aircraft, which they will debut in Wanaka next year.

The Warbirds Over Wanaka general manager, Ed Taylor, was thrilled that Wanaka would host the Trojans flying together for the first time in a major public display.

"We had Brett's Trojan at last year's Wanaka Airshow, after a 14-year absence, and it was a real hit with Warbirds fans.

"It's a big aircraft and it's also very noisy, which people love. Having two of these great machines in the air at once will be special.

"Brett and Peter are very experienced pilots and we know that by the time our airshow rolls around next year they will have perfected an amazing pairs routine.''

Mr Emeny said with plenty of practice over the next year, he and Mr Vause should be able "to put on something pretty spectacular''.

The Trojan was produced during the 1950s and was first used as a military trainer aircraft by the United States Air Force and United States Navy.

During the 1960s, the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.

The next Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow will be held at Wanaka Airport from April 10 to 12, 2020. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

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