Preparations for the 2019 Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow are well underway! More than just an airshow, it's a Brilliant weekend of action-packed, family friendly event with entertainment both in the air and on the ground.
The weekend kicks off on Good Friday, the official practice day, a great opportunity to see and take a few pics in a more relaxed (less people!) environment. Food and merchandise stalls will be open all day and in the evening it's the Marlborough Lines Twilight Extreme Show of sunset flying and spectacular fireworks.
Saturday & Sunday are the main show days with over 100 display aircraft expected to be participating, together with mock airfield attacks supported by ground theatre and pyrotechnics. There's something for everyone with a Kid's Fun Zone, classic cars, food and stalls selling everything except the kitchen sink!
This year's theme is 'Saluting Women in Aviation', recognising a century of significant contributions to the world of aviation, made by women across the planet. A highlight will be husband and wife, pilots Liz Needham and Frank Porter going head to head in a Spitfire and New Zealand's only Focke-Wulf Fw190 fighter! Not only that, the Royal Australian Air Force have confirmed the appearance of the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet, the fastest jet fighter to date, to debut at Omaka.
The multi-role fighter has a maximum speed of 2,200km/h and is guaranteed to make some noise! Other show highlights include the world’s sole airworthy Avro Anson Mk.I bomber, Full Noise 35 New Zealand’s own Reno racer and the Yak-52 formation aerobatic team.
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All tickets are available to purchase online at the Classic Fighters website!