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Black falcons debut

The Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival 2017 will feature, for the first time in New Zealand, the newly formed Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons.

The Black Falcons have replaced the former RNZAF display team, the Red Checkers.

The five T-6C Texan II aircraft, all piloted by experienced RNZAF pilot instructors, will thrill visitors with an aerobatic display over Hood Aerodrome.

One off Night show

A world renowned display team flying motor gliders will make their New Zealand debut at the 2017 Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival.

The gliders will perform in a special one-off evening show on Saturday 18 February which is a new addition to the Wings Programme. The evening show will feature a different flying programme than during the day as the gliders paint a remarkable picture in the sky for spectators. 


World Record Attempt

During the Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival 2017 the UK based glider display team GliderFX will attempt to break the world record for the most consecutive rolls by a glider being towed by an aircraft.  A roll is an aerobatic manoeuvre where the aircraft turns 360 degrees around its longitudinal axis.

For the record attempt to be successful the glider cannot stop rolling, even a one second pause will stop the count.