2013 Classic Fighters Airshow
What you can expect to see here at Omaka this Easter...
Photos courtesty of Gavin Conroy of Classic Aircraft Photography. If you haven’t experienced a Classic Fighters show before, feel free to have a look at our Photo Gallery.
This was the first event in the southern hemisphere to hold a dedicated World War One battle sequence involving multiple aeroplanes, military vehicles and sets when we started back in 2001, and we have taken great delight in growing this aspect of the show ever since. Classic Fighters takes place of course, on the same airfield that is home to the internationally renowned Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which is a dedicated tribute to the Great War in the air, displaying over 20 WW-I aircraft in a wonderful environment, beautifully created by the talented artists from Wingnut Films and Weta Workshops, and supported by the most amazing display of genuine WW-I aviation artefacts. In addition, you will see numerous WW-I aircraft flying in the show, including it is hoped, several that have never flown at an airshow before. We are some way yet from finalising the line-up for the show, however visitors to Omaka next Easter can be assured that they will be seeing dozens of exciting WW-I aeroplanes both in the air and on the ground, supported by an impressive theatrical support with vehicles, sets, pyrotechnics and military personnel from the 14-18 period. As organisers of this event, the WW-I segment is something very close to our hearts and we're sure you will enjoy it too as you embrace this significant period in aviation and human history.
The Second World War segment of Classic Fighters 2013 will be supported as always by a great variety of combat aircraft from the era, and in fact we suspect we may well be able to boast the broadest range of different warbirds yet seen at a New Zealand airshow. We are expecting these to include the flying debuts of two significant fighters in the form of the Focke-Wulf Fw190 which was first seen at the 2011 show on static display but which is now flying beautifully, and the magnificent Spitfire Mk.XIVe, both belonging to the Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection based right here at Omaka. We know that the Mk.XIVe represents a race against time but our friends at AVSpecs are confident that it can be done so hopefully it will all fall into place. Numerous other warbird types are expected, including the world's sole airworthy Avro Anson Mk.I patrol bomber, restored over a 10 year period by the Reid family and also based here at Omaka, and hopefully, the TBM Avenger which has been undergoing a strip and repaint and will also hopefully be here for its triumphant debut. As always, there will be late surprises so keep coming back to have look at the updates! In support of the aircraft we will of course feature the usual stunning array of theatrical displays comprising re-enactors, pyrotechnics, significant military vehicles and our ever unique blend of unexpected props and sets that have seen one northern hemisphere magazine brand Classic Fighters as "One of the world's best and most innovative airshows"!
Royal New Zealand Air Force
We've had some wonderfully memorable displays by the RNZAF over the years, not the least of which was the farewell Skyhawk display at our Easter 2001 show, but perhaps the best remembered was the remarkable twilight display by the Red Checkers at our very first Friday night 'Twilight Extreme' show, that performance under a stunning sunset glow is still being talked about today. This year we are hoping for a broad range of aircraft from the RNZAF but most notably, we should be seeing four different types of military helicopter put through their paces. It is always a bit of a lottery with the Air Force as tasking could call their manpower and machines away at any time, but they have assured us that this is their priority event for 2013, so we're looking forward to see what they provide!!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.....
Not all of our show revolves around the world wars and we're planning to display some significant aircraft from other eras, as we always do. There will be a strong sense of 'The Yanks are Coming' in keeping with our theme, and a range of fun involvement opportunities for visitors to the show, in amongst the many new aspects being introduced to Classic Fighters this Easter.
After a decade of consistently providing airshow visitors with stunning world-class airshow entertainment providing 'more bang for the buck' than they were expecting, we feel sure that our plans for CF13 will again deliver the goods - BIG TIME. Here is an overview of the line-up, which we are very excited about, and if all goes to plan, there may be more to come.
In the meantime - watch this space....!