Wow! Another airshow! This time, it was the Classic Fighters Airshow held at Omaka aerodrome this weekend. As expected it was an excellent airshow and well worth the visit... the only problem is that I took a lot of photos, and now I have to sort them out and try to decide which ones to post. To give you an idea, I took 601 photos. I have culled that down to 442 pictures by eliminating the out of focus [well, most of them!], boring and just plan rubbish :-) shots. Probably a lot more culling to occur.
The day started early enough with an 8:30am departure from Wellington with a full plane and a quick trip across the water to Omaka in Piper PA28-181 Archer, ZK-TDJ. Even with the required run ups and a short departure delay [probably around 0.2 hours], the trip across to Omaka was 0.8 hours from startup to shutdown . We had the same timing for the trip back.
Omaka is one of the aerodromes that still has a quiet "country aerodrome" feel - look in most directions and you could easily imagine it's back in the early days of aviation.
Anyway, enough talk, here are some initial photos! These are just a random selection that I quickly grabbed to give you an idea of what the airshow was like. There will be much more to come over the next week or so. Top to bottom are:
Royal Australian Airforce [RAAF] Caribou, A4-195
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk 22, ZK-SAX
Royal New Zealand Air Force [RNZAF] UH-1H Iroquois
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, ZK-SPI
Formation of North American Harvards
Bristol Frieghter, ZK-CPT
MXR Technologies MX2, ZK-MXT
RNZAF CT4/E Airtrainers, Red Checkers