Monday, January 19, 2009

Wings Over Wairarapa # 5: L-39 Albatros and de Havilland DH115 Vampire

There were only a couple of fixed-wing jets at the show this year, the L39 Albatros and the de Havilland DH115 Vampire, however, as always, they put on a fantastic display.

The Vampire was a British creation and the L39 Czechoslovakian, yet they seem to be a perfect match for a formation/aerobatic display. The Vampire was New Zealand's first operational jet fighter [I understand that there was a single example of another model that was earlier] and as such as a firm connectuion to this country.

The L39 is becoming popular as an entry-level warbird jet with [I think] three examples in the country now.

Not many photos this time - I need a better camera... and perhaps a little more skill on my part :-) Oh well!

de Havilland DH115 Vampire, ZK-RVML39 AlbatrosL39 Albatros being chased by DH115 Vampire

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