Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 10 - Yakovlev Yak-52 displays

This year the Yakrobats team put on a couple of really nice displays. The first was a "pylon" type race with the team chasing each other around three pylons [one of which is a truck and trailer :-)]. Commentary was by Yak 52 owner, weather man and cafe owner Jim Hickey - a very funny chap. Apparently he thinks ZK-ZAH is the best presented Yak 52 in the southern hemisphere... guess which one he owns :-)

The second display was a more traditional formation aerobatics display and again, very well received.

I counted 9 Yak-52's at the airshow this year, but didn't get all the registrations [feel free to fill in the details], but I did see ZK-ZAH, ZK-KGB, ZK-YAK, ZK-TYS, ZK-YNZ and ZK-PTE.

Photos are of the pylon race, one from the formation display and finally Jim's aeroplane. BTW - if you're at New Plymouth airport, you could pop in to the cafe... here's the web address www.airspresso.co.nz.