Flying Programme


Flying Display Programme


Friday 29th March

Military, Civil and Warbird aircraft will carry out practice sorties in preparation for the Saturday and Sunday show days.

Later in the day, a 30-minute public display will take place on the Wanaka Lake Front at 4:30pm.  This will feature a float plane lake landing, Warbird displays, formation team aerobatics, and military aircraft in action.


Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March

The flying programme may vary slightly in content and is subject to aircraft availability and serviceability. The programme will run from 1000 through to 1600.

The final segment will be an airfield attack featuring WW II fighter and other aircraft, followed by a WW II Fighter Flypast. The Flypast will include a missing man formation, flown as a special tribute to our founder, the late Sir Tim Wallis.

A special finale will conclude the proceedings. Don’t miss it!


Morning Programme    1000-1230

-            1000    Show Opening – United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

-            1005    ‘Steadfast’ Solo – Yak 3 Aerobatics

-            1015    RNZAF Trainers of WWII - the Avro Anson and Harvard NZ1044

-            1025    Civil Helicopter Display

-            1035    Vampire and Strikemaster – RNZAF Jet Trainers from the past

-            1045    Royal New Zealand Air Force segment – Military capability on display

-            1145    USAF C-17 – the impressive military transport all the way from Hawaii

-            1155    Pitts Special - Unlimited Aerobatics with Ivan Krippner

-            1200    Yak 52 Aerobatic Team – featuring a tribute to the late Brett Emeny


Lunchtime Entertainment 1230 - 1330

-            1230    Frazer Briggs and his amazing model aircraft

-            1240    Warhorses: Military re-enactors featuring a field gun barrage

-            1305    Graceful Glider Display

-            1310    Classics of the 1930s – featuring 11 aircraft of the golden era.


Afternoon Programme  1330 – 1600

-            1325    Roaring 40s – Harvard Formation Aerobatic Team

-            1340    USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo Team

-            1355    The one and only, Jurgis Kairys

-            1405    de Havilland Mosquito  – The Wooden Wonder

-            1415    Air Force Heritage Flight of NZ – featuring Texans, Spitfire and the P-51D Mustang - NZ2423

-            1430    P-51D Pairs

-            1435    P-51D Solo – Graham Bethell’s final display (Saturday only)

-            1445    ‘American Eagles’ - L39 Jet Formation Aerobatic Team from the US

-            1500    Pacific Theatre – Avenger / Corsair

-            1505    Avenger Solo

-            1510    RNZAF Corsair

-            1525    Trojan 3-ship Formation Aerobatic Team

The Grand Finale

-            1540    The Airfield is under attack by enemy aircraft. Fighters are scrambled and an aerial battle ensues.

-            1555    Massed Fighter Flypast with tribute to Sir Tim Wallis

-            1600    Grand Finale - Show ends.



"Back again this year and never, ever dissatisfied!  Superbly organised in every way from start to finish.  Hats off to all involved, you deserve hearty congratulations!  What a show! WOW indeed!!"  Roger 2018.