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Warbirds Over Wanaka, 2004

This is my report on the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow for 2004. Of course, there was a lot more happening that what I have listed below. I have just chosen six areas that interested me. I attended this on Sunday 11 April and arrived slightly late after driving 300 kms from Dunedin. It was worth it though, and the weather turned out fine again!

 


 

Jurgis Flying the Su-31

Jurgis Kairys demonstrated the capabilities of the powerful little Su-31 aerobatics aircraft with his own style of extreme aerobatics. This was a truly amazing display of the skill of the pilot and the capabilities of the aircraft!


Photos

[Su31]


 

World War 1

This Bristol F2b Fighter was joined by an Avro 504K, a Fokker Triplane and a Sopwith Camel to represent World War 1 era aircraft at the show.


Photos

[WW1]


 

The LA-9

This is a truly unique aircraft, the only flying example of the Russian Lachochkin LA-9 fighter left in the world.


Photos

[LA9]


 

Royal New Zealand Air Force

The RNZAF showed off one of their new Boeing 757s as well as other larger transport aircraft they have used for years - the Orion and C-130 Hercules.


Photos

[Air Force]


 

Jets

More modern jet powered warbirds included the de Havilland Vampire, the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly and the L-39 Albatross from the Czech Republic.


Photos

[Jets]


 

Attack

The traditional attack on the airfield by the enemy aircraft from Luggate - the myth is they plan the attack from the pub in the small nearby village called Luggate!


Photos

[Attack]


 

More

This section has some more photos and brief information about other aircraft flown at the 2004 air show.


Photos

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