Sunday, April 01, 2012

RNZAF 75th Airshow: Arrival and various photos

Yesterday was the Royal New Zealand Air Force's 75th anniversary airshow. Thankfully the weather dawned fine [ok, a bit of low cloud around Wellington, but otherwise perfect], so a plane load of us jumped in the Club's C172, ZK-FLT, for the trip up.

The trip went smoothly, except for the fact that a 50 minute trip turned into about 1 hour 40 minutes with huge hold times outside of Ohakea. The controller was working very very hard, but I guess that there are only so many aircraft you can get in, in such a short period of time [and at least we arrived in plenty of time, and were not driving!].

The airshow itself was good, with plenty of photos in the next few posts. The Australians, Singaporeans, French and Americans turned up, along with a very large contingent of civilian aircraft. More on them later!

For this post, I just have a few taster pictures. Top to bottom are:

Boeing 757-200, NZ7571, RNZAF
Kaman SH2 Seasprite, NZ3603, RNZN
McDonnell Douglas TA4K, NZ6257, RNZAF
Papa 51 Thunder Mustang, ZK-TMG, Kiwi Thunder Group
Boeing 777-319ER, ZK-OKQ, Air New Zealand
Panoramic shot - you'll need to click on this to see it in more detail


Flyinkiwi said...

It was good to catch up Rodney, albeit briefly.

Rodney said...

Thanks mate. Yeah, good to catch up. Hey - I'm up your way Queens Birthday weekend. Staying with relatives, but maybe an opportunity to catch up for a few minutes when I fly in (DHC8 not C172!).