Famous fighters to fly again over Hood Aerodrome
Some of the most famous WWII aircraft, including a NZ-rebuilt Mosquito similar to that pictured (left), will be in the skies over the Wairarapa this weekend.
They’ll be based for a few days at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, which has taken on a new look this week.
Three kms of fencing is being put up, over 100m of marquees erected — and what appears to be an extraordinary number of vintage military vehicles are driving through the gates.
After two years of planning, it’s chocks away for this coming weekend’s Wings Over Wairarapa air show.
The display planners have put together a unique weekend of flying displays for this year’s show – you can check out the indicative flying programmes for each day on the website – www.wings.org.nz.
Obviously, the Mosquito fighter bomber — the only one in the world still flying — will be a star of the show.
However, the crowd should also enjoy for the first time at a civilian air show in New Zealand a six-jet formation containing three different jet types — three L39’s, two Vampires and a Strikemaster will be flying in formation over the crowd on both days.
There’ll also be other star aircraft from WWII, a Vintage Aviator’s WWI display, and a huge turnout by the RNZAF.
There are a record number of trade sites at this year’s show – from clothing to aviation supplies; jewellery to family portraits; books to homemade sweets – the organiser say it will be a ‘shoppers dream.’
They add: “While enjoying the different sites keep an eye out for Glen Martin and his Martin Jet Pack simulator – anyone who grew up watching with the Jetson’s will want one of these.”
FOOD & WINE ENCLOSURE
This year sees the return of the Food & Wine Enclosure showing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. Two boutique breweries and five vineyards will be there, including Borthwick Vineyard, Gladstone Vineyard, Paulownia Estate, Johner Estate, Loopline Vineyard, Peak Brewery and Matsons Brewery.
These will be complemented by food provided by Entice Café, Wazoo Pizza, La Bella Italia, and Palatabull serving Bullbabs and Bulldogs.
EYES TOWARDS THE SKIES ON FRIDAY!
And anyone in Wellington on Friday should keep an eye on the sky over the city at lunchtime to get a taste of what’s flying over the Wairarapa at the weekend.