Other Feature Aircraft

Wings Over Wairarapa's ninth airshow promises a wide range of display aircraft which will amaze and entertain.

The emphasis at Wings is always on the variety of aircraft displayed rather than limiting the event to particular themes or aircraft types. 

We're expecting over 70 aircraft, just a small selection is show below.

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  Air Tractor:   Often seen working around New Zealand on farms, but rarely seen displaying at airshows, the Air Tractor AT-402B is a crowd favourite at Hood. Powered by a 680shp turbine giving the aircraft plenty of power for John Bargh to show the crowd the impressive handling of this workhorse.

   Albatros:  The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfín.  It's the most widely used jet trainer in the world with over thirty five countries having used them for basic and advanced training, as well as ground attack. They are now a popular 'Warbird' around the world with large numbers of them in private ownership. There are currently four in New Zealand and for the first time at a New Zealand airshow, you will see a formation display by L-39's.

  Crop Dusting Tiger:   The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by a number of air forces including the Royal Air Force and the RNZAF as a primary trainer, 345 were built by the Havilland Aircraft Company of New Zealand Limited, at Rongotai, Wellington. After the type was released from RNZAF service, large numbers were put to service as cropdusters, until the mid 1950's when they were progressively replaced by more modern types. This was achieved by replacing the front seat with a hopper to hold the superphosphate. Tigers can be seen all over New Zealand at aero clubs and at private airfields, their owners enjoying them as often as possible. Tigermoths play a big part at Wings over Wairarapa with a number of displays based around them, including the very rare sight of a crop dusting Tigermoth in action.

  Sioux and Iroquois:  The RNZAF has five Sioux helicopters for use as an initial trainer. Built by Bell in the 1960's these aircraft are in the process of being replaced by AgustaWestland A109LUH is a training and light utility helicopter. The Iroquois is instantly recognisable by the distinctive noise made by it's rotor blades as they break the sound barrier. They have been in RNZAF service since 1966 and in that time have proved themselves to be popular workhorses with both their crews and the general public. The crews put on an impressive display, getting the aircraft talk do things that Bell never envisaged that they would ever do. After a long and distinguished service career the Iroquois are to be replaced by NATO Helicopter Industries NH90's.

  MX2:   The MX2 is a aerobatic aircraft built entirely of high-grade pre-impregnated epoxy carbon-fiber composite material, it has a top speed of 220 knots (410 km/h) and can roll at more than 420 degrees per second. You will have watched a number of these aircraft at various Red Bull Air Race events around the world. Former New Zealand Aerobatic Champion, Doug Brooker is a favorite at New Zealand airshows as he uses the MX2 to its maximum capabilities, trailing smoke so you can see the manoeuvers.


  DH Vampire:  Like its contemporary, the Gloster Meteor, the Vampire was designed and built in WWII, but unlike the Meteor never saw active service in the war.  The single engined Vampire will be well remembered by children of 1950-60s New Zealand for their formation displays at New Zealand airshows, and for their unusual tail boom configuration.   So highly thought of by the RNZAF that one stands as a gate guardian at RNZAF Ohakea  


  Yak52:  The Yak-52  is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976 and is powered by a 268 kW (360 hp) Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial engine, which gives the aircraft a very distinctive sound. The Yaks are proving to be a very popular 'Warbird' all over the world due to their rugged 'do anything' qualities and cost effectiveness. The Red Star Aerobatic Team is made up of local New Zealand pilots who spend much of their spare time training to achieve the outstanding display you will see at the airshow. And as a bonus there will be an air race as well, giving the pilots a chance to not only show off the Yak52's outright speed, but also their skill and cunning as they try to cross the finishing line first!



                 Avro Anson:  Designed in 1935 to an RAF specification for a land-based maritime reconnaissance bomber, the Avro Anson also saw service as a multi-engine pilot trainer and wireless, navigation, gunnery and bomb aimer training in many military arms right through World War II. Powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah radial engines, it continued postwar production as a feeder airliner.

Only one example is flying in its wartime guise, painted to represent an Anson flown by a New Zealander and shot down two days after war was declared.. Painstakingly rebuilt from an Australian civilianised example over a period of 10 years by Bill and Robyn Reid and a large band of helpers near Nelson, it first flew again in July last year.

*Photo by John King, editor, NZ Aviation News
  TBM-3E Grumman Avenger: One of the new aircraft this year is a TBM-3E Grumman Avenger. The RNZAF operated 48 of this type from 1943 to 1959, although this example wasn't in service with the RNZAF. This aircraft is based at Ohakea as part of Brendon Deere's collection. It has appeared at Wings Over Wairarapa before when it was part of the Alpine Fighter Collection back in the 90's. By the time it appears in our skies it will have returned to a RNZAF paint scheme. Always a crowd favourite, we are looking forward to its return
  Venom: The de Havilland DH 112 Venom was a British post-war single engined jet aircraft developed from the de Havilland Vampire. It served with the Royal Air Force as a single seat fighter bomber and two seat night fighter. The aircraft flying at Wings Over Wairarapa has only been restored to flying condition and is based at Ohakea Air Force Base. It is reproduced in the markings of No 14 Squadron RNZAF, RAF Tengah in 1960. 


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