The Royal New Zealand Air Force [RNZAF] sent all three helicopter types to the air show this year. Most exciting for me was the Navy-operated Kaman SH-2G Seasprite, NZ3604, which I had not seen being demonstrated before.
As expected, military pilots are extremely good at their jobs, and today was no exception. Despite the wind coming from approximately a 10/11 o'clock position, the Bell B47G-3B-2 Sioux [think M*A*S*H :-)] trainers, Bell UH-1H Iroquois and Kaman SH-2G Seasprite stayed exactly in position when hovering. It was a real pleasure to watch.
One point to note is that over the next couple of years, the RNZAF is re-equiping with AgustaWestland A109 LUH [Light Utility Helicopter] to replace the Bell B47G's and Nato Helicopter Industries NH90 [to replace the Bell UH-1H], so this is possibly the last time that the Iroquois and Sioux will be displayed together at Masterton.
Anyway, enjoy the pictures!