Date: 9th April 2012
It was a stunning day for Warbirds Over Wanaka, where 30,000 spectators enjoyed everything from vintage Tiger Moths to the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s aerobatic team.
A mock World War II air raid, complete with 10 airborne fighter planes representing Allied, Japanese and German air forces, came complete with explosions, tracer fire and air raid sirens, ensuring the historic warbird element of the event lived up to its name.
A highlight for many was All Blacks captain Richie McCaw’s commentary for his other sporting passion – gliding. During the demonstration McCaw managed to give some good-natured ribbing to flyers of “powered” aircraft, saying the skills needed to fly a glider were the foundation of flying.
The two-day biennial event, expected to be visited by up to 65,000 people.