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Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:55 am

Finally ticked this one off my bucket list. Been busting to get to Warbirds over Wanaka for ages, and finally everything clicked into place :D
Depending on how keen/bonkers you are this 1 to 4 day event.

Wanaka is hidden away in the Mountains near the bottom of NZ
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Off the beaten track it may be, but as you will see the location is superb!

Thanks to some fantastic airfares, I flew to Christchurch then hopped on an ATR72 to Queenstown. You can fly direct to Queenstown but I prefer the lower slower turboprop to make the most of the scenery!

As its Air NZ's 75th year the cups have flying boats on them :D :-)
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Me and HWMBO drove along the shores of these lakes last year, you can just make out the spillway and curved line of the Lake Benmore earth dam
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The approach into Queenstown involves tip toeing down a valley between mountain peaks. Wheeee!
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The Airport cafe Airspresso serves a mean toasted sandwich, so mean it has to be stabbed before it is served. :o
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Its then a shuttle bus through the valleys to Wanaka.
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As Wanaka is a resort town, it being Easter and a big event on, accommodation prices were eyewatering so Hotel in a bag it is! A tent on a campervan sized site is luxurious!
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby steve131 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:51 pm

That's got to be beSt airport food i have ever seen 8-) .Best I've ever had was Malaysia Air .
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby wingnut » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:05 pm

Hello Morrigan, I'm new on here and I think your pics are awesome.
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby Mark » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:11 pm

steve131 wrote:That's got to be beSt airport food i have ever seen 8-) .Best I've ever had was Malaysia Air .


have to agree. Love their presentation !!

Conversely, the worst airline food I've had was Air China....
The best airline food I've had is Virgin Asian Vegetarian food. You usually get a really nice curry ! (you also get curry for breakfast, but you gotta take the rough with the smooth....)
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby Gundog » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:39 pm

Looks like an interesting programme. I love the contexts: "Me109 shoots down Anson, does victory roll, strafes airfield, Spitfire scrambles" :D Reminds me of the WWI "wings over the trenches"display they did at the Flywheel festival next to my village last year.

Have a great time Morrigan!

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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby casper » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:52 pm

sounds like a fantastic trip Morrigan, some stunning views and photos.
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:10 am

Gundog wrote:Looks like an interesting programme. I love the contexts: "Me109 shoots down Anson, does victory roll, strafes airfield, Spitfire scrambles" :D Reminds me of the WWI "wings over the trenches"display they did at the Flywheel festival next to my village last year.

Have a great time Morrigan!

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Watch this space for the Anson getting shot down! And yes I will be joining the swarm of Mossies in due course
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:20 am

This is the view that you get to enjoy walking along the lakefront from the Camp ground to and from the Shuttle bus to the Airshow.
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On entry,first stop was the grandstand enclosure to pick up my Gold Pass. Well worth it to be guaranteed a good view and ready access to refreshments and posh loos!
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Righto then, Aeroplane time :D
Apologies in advance , thanks to Photobucket creating its own special order, the photos are a bit out of sequence.
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Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:27 am

The USAF kindly demoed the mighty C-17 Globemaster III, this one is normally based in Hawaii.
You almost need an un-zoom lens for this beast!
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We also got some plane vs V8 Supercar and MV Augusta bike racing/ hooliganing. The winged challenger is that mad Lithuanian Jurgis Kairys and his Juka:
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:30 am

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Well you don't see this everyday! A Staggerwing ambling causally past a plane and bike going hell for leather:
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:39 am

Ahh the golden oldies :D

Fox Moth - this was the very first aircraft to operate airline services in NZ!
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The lovely Dominie.
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Waco - modern reproduction, but stunning nonetheless:
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Obligatory Tiger Moth, well one of them!
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Beech Staggerwing - pure class
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Twin Beech:
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A flock of Tiger Moths or Sheep?
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby Gundog » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:56 am

Nah. This is a flock of Tiger Moths :D

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They were doing an inch-perfect Red Arrows display at 60 knots, instead of the usual 350. :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby steve131 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:09 pm

Have you ever made a Fox Moth :?:
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:16 am

not yet, but I see there is a resin kit of one in squinty 1/72 scale and some old vacforms still floating round :twisted: bay
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:20 am

During the lunch intervals, the War Horse crew staged a mock battle in front of the grand stands.
The german scout is really a Buick as WWII German Armour is a little bit rare down here!

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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:24 am

The Royal Australian AirForce sent over a display team to show off the nimble Hawk.

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The pilots just realised he's 'downunda':
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:29 am

The Air Bandits, Jurgis Kairys and NZ's own Rob Fry put on a chaotic high energy display, this is a real test of Autofocus motors!

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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby Mark » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:15 am

Can't believe how low they are hurtling down the runway towards each other !!
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:08 am

..or how close when you look at the shadows of the planes! :o
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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2016

Postby morrigan » Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:17 am

A fantastic tribute was put on for the Battle of Britain.


Scramble!
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This Spitfire Mk IX is owned by Brendon Deere, nephew of Kiwi ace Alan Deere. Of course its painted in the same color as his Uncles WWII Mk IX.
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Lump in the throat time as the Spitfire duels the 109:
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