Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Exhibition


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2017 - A Year and an Air Show Like No Other

What a crazy ride 2017 was! There has been many a challenge to overcome, the largest being the continued closure of SHW1 which was damaged in the 2016 Kaikoura 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Thankfully the Yealands Classic Fighters team are a hardy (or should that be crazy?) lot and forged on to deliver an air show that we were extremely proud of. Although upon reflection, if we had known that a front of torrential rain would hit the region and much of the country causing road closures, cancelled flights and mud, lots and lots of mud, we may very well have thrown up our hands in despair!

 However, Mother Nature granted us a break in the weather, enough to finish the critical infrastructure and against all odds put on one hell of show. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed what was a weekend of first class flying and entertainment. Yealands Classic Fighters is a charitable trust whose purpose is to raise money for the continued development of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. You could have stayed at home, but you didn’t and for that we are extremely grateful.

 To all our sponsors including the amazing team at Yealands, the Classic Fighters Airshow Committee, the pilots and the legion of hardworking volunteers, who we could not do this without, a heartfelt thank you. Now as we look forward to the next show, Easter Weekend, 19-21 April 2019 we hope you will join us for what we hope will be our biggest extravaganza yet! 

Tickets will go on sale by the end of March 2018, so please follow our Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter feed to keep up to date with our latest news and announcements.


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Classic Fighters 2017 Airshow Teaser




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