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[Airshow Title 2000]

Hurricane   Bleriot XI   Edge 540   Air Force   Tummelisa   Polikarpov   (Up to OJB's Warbirds Page)

Warbirds Over Wanaka, 2000

For more information and a close-up view of any photo just click on the photo or click on the link "Photo". To see a movie of these machines click the link labelled "Movie".



Hawker Hurricane

Hurricane P3351C was flown at the show for the first time, and is the result of six years of restoration work. It was built in 1940 and was used in many areas including France and Russia.

Photo   Spitfire Movie   Hurricane Movie



The Bleriot XI

The Bleriot XI is the oldest aircraft I have seen flown at an air show. It Is most famous for completing the first flight across the English Channel on 25 July 1909. The Bleriot flown at the show was built In 1918 and rebuilt in the early 1990s.

Photo   Movie



Edge 540

The tiny Edge 540 aerobatics aircraft is capable of extraordinary performance. AIthough it only weighs 1200 lbs it has a 8.75 litre 350 hp Lycoming I0-540 engine enabling aerobatics at about 200 knots.

Photo   Movie

[Edge 540]


RNZAF Display

The Royal New Zealand Air Force always put on a good show and this year was no exception, from the first fly-past of the show - a surprise, high speed, low level flight from some SkyHawks - to the precision of the parachute team, Aeromacchis and Red Checkers.

Photo   Kiwi Blue   Black Falcons




The French Tummelisa biplane was first built In 1919 and was in service from 1920 to 1935. The wooden construction is braced with piano wire and power is from a 90 hp 9 cylinder Le Rhone rotary engine.

Photo   Movie



Polikarpov I-153

The two Russian Polikarpov I-153 biplanes flown at this show are the only airworthy examples left in the world. The performance available through the 1000 hp engine in these stumpy little planes makes life awkward for their pilots as well as the enemy!

Photo   Movie

[Polikarpov I-153]


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