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Marlborough skies a perfect stage for classic fighter airshow

(Photo credit: Andreas Zeitler)

The skies above Marlborough’s Omaka Airfield will be filled with classic fighter planes as organisers of the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow look to re-enact a World War I battle for crowds this Easter.

The three-day airshow is a tradition for the Omaka Airfield, which uses impressive props created by Oscar-winning Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop. Organisers say that this year’s display will include aircraft spanning many eras and even aircraft that haven’t been seen at an airshow before.

Air performances will include a live World War I battle, precision formation displays, aerobatic performances and ground theatre. World War II aircraft will also be on show.

For the first time, representatives from the NZALPA team will be present at the show, hosting a stall for members, those new to the aviation industry, trainees and interested members of the public.

“We’re encouraging everyone to come and say “hi” in our members’ lounge, grab a cold drink and let us know their views on the issues facing our industry at the moment,” NZALPA President Tim Robinson said.

“It’s important we discuss things like aviation safety, employment opportunities and what NZALPA can offer new pilots and Air Traffic Controllers entering the industry.”

The NZALPA representatives, including current working pilots and air traffic controllers, will be available to talk to the public and potential members, who will have the opportunity to join as full or associate members on the day.

The team will also be running a social media photo competition and selling some new NZALPA merchandise on-site.

“It’s going to be a great day out for families and aviation enthusiasts of all levels,” Robinson said.

The show includes trade stalls, food and wine outlets, merchandise stalls, a kid’s fun zone and a grand display of classic cars.

Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow
Omaka Airfield, Marlborough
14-16 April 2017

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