Warbirds over Wanaka 2018 – 30th Anniversary


Hurricane - Warbirds over Wanaka

Hurricane – Warbirds over Wanaka

Fri 30th Mar – Sun 1st Apr 2018.
In 1988, aviation entrepreneur and pioneer Tim (now Sir Tim) Wallis presented an airshow and country fair that attracted 14,000 visitors to Wanaka airport.

With its overwhelming success and growth over the years, the show is now a biennial event over the long Easter weekend.

As the show grew, so did its support and aircraft attendance (national and international). The show now boasts around 50,000 spectators and is claimed to be the largest warbird airshow in the Southern Hemisphere. This is one event not to be missed!

The scenery this show is set in is spectacular! Renowned for its stunning mountains, lakes and wilderness, this natural amphitheatre provides a stunning backdrop for the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.

RNZAF Kaman SH-2 Seasprite

RNZAF Kaman SH-2 Seasprite

Planning is already well underway for what promises to be a very special Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow at Easter 2018. The event will mark 30 years since the very first Warbirds on Parade airshow held at Wanaka back in 1988 – and also coincides with Sir Tim’s 80th birthday.

Warbirds Over Wanaka Event Manager, Mandy Deans, says “The 30th anniversary was an easy decision when it came to discussing a theme for the next airshow. There have been so many special memories over the past 30 years and our hope is that we’ll be able to bring back a few of those great acts from the past and present them along with some very exciting new acts in 2018.”

Mandy says organisers tend not to reveal too much so far out from the event. “We are already working on some great acts and aircraft for 2018, but we won’t know for a while yet whether we have been able to secure these for the airshow. But if past shows are anything to go by you won’t be disappointed”.

PBY Catalina on Lake Wanaka

PBY Catalina on Lake Wanaka

Over the years they’ve had the local and national warbirds favourites: a Hawker Hurricane, P-51 Mustangs, Spitfires, a Japanese Zero, one of the original Messerschmitt 109s from the “Battle of Britain” film, Russian Polikarpovs, Yak-3s, a Catalina, Corsair, Kittyhawks and more! Accompanying them were a range of WWI aircraft from Sopwith Camels and Pups, Bristols to Fokkers.

The WOW show also has a number of overseas invites from past eras and also current military aircraft from our own Air Force as well as other countries, including a Hawker Hunter, C-130 Hercules, Iroquois helicopters, F-111s, F-18s, Globemasters and more!

Along with the aircraft, organisers are also reviewing all the ground displays to ensure that 2018 presents an absolute must for everyone.

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