ARCo have posted up overnight a stack of photos on their Facebook page of them disassembling and crating the Buchon, confirming it is heading south for Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018 and linking to the WoW 2018 webpage.
On the suggestion from the WoW 2018 people who were at CF 2017 that the 2018 show would be a big one, I booked flights, accommodation and tickets not long after getting back from CF at Omaka last year. Looks like the big event is coming together. Counting down the days until then. Hopefully the weather will behave and not cause them any troubles before or during the event.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 9, 2018 12:23:19 GMT 12
RNZAF's Boeing 757 returns to Warbirds Over Wanaka after 12 years STAFF REPORTER Last updated 11:35, February 9 2018
The 40 Squadron RNZAF Boeing 757 at Pegasus Airfield, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica.
The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow's 30th anniversary event in March will have the biggest turnout of modern military aircraft ever displayed at the event.
After a 12 year absence, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 is returning.
When the Boeing 757 was first displayed in Wanaka, the pilot was Wing Commander Tony Davies, the then Commanding Officer of 40 Squadron.
Royal New Zealand Air Force chief Tony Davies is looking forward to returning to Warbirds Over Wanaka.
These days Davies is Air Vice-Marshal and is chief of the RNZAF.
Davies still has great memories of displaying the B757 at Wanaka.
The 2016 Warbirds Over Wanaka crowd enjoys a display of the US Airforce C17 Globemaster transport and supply aircraft.
"The B757 is a great aircraft to fly and it was always interesting to talk to people afterwards who had never seen an aircraft type like that put on such a display. I'm looking forward to today's pilots getting the same reaction at Wanaka," he said.
Warbirds Over Wanaka general manager Ed Taylor said the B757 display would be special.
"The 757 may be regarded by some as 'just' an airliner. But it is the impressive RNZAF display that brings the crowd to their feet. The high speed pass of something so big, so low, is a real show stopper along with seeing the aircraft perform steep turns in the confines of the mountain valley. Having the B757 back after a 12 year absence is going to be one of the highlights of 2018 for me," Taylor said.
The United States F-16 Fighter Falcon Jet is shown on the right in this image taken in December at a South Korean airfield. The other aircraft is a F-35A Lightning II fighter jet.
The RNZAF is making a significant contribution this Easter's airshow with at least one example of each of their aircraft type on display, except the P-3K Orion.
The air force will also bring down its Harvard T-6 to join with 12 other Harvards in the Marsh Harvard Salute.
Taylor said the United States Air Force had created "a huge buzz" by confirming they are bringing the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jets for the first time, along with their C-17 Globemaster III demonstration team.
The Royal Australia Air Force's Spartan transport aircraft will make its Wanaka debut along with the Australian Hawk jets.
The French Air Force is returning with its CASA transport aircraft.
Nice work Dave! It's great to do the whole weekend. I personally have only done so twice at Wanaka, at my first in 2004 and my last in 2010. I have of course done so for all but one of my Omaka trips but I won't bore everyone with those.
Post by campbellbox on Feb 16, 2018 20:18:48 GMT 12
In my excitement after buying my tickets and sorting all the other details required to get me to the other end of the country I bought he DVD of the 1994 show, which was the last time I was at Wanaka. I had the VHS back in the day, but it was great to see all the footage again. It's actually a little light on Warbird airshow action, but it's great to see Sir Tim in his pomp and the AFC at its peak, with the RNZAF pacific trio flying, two Spits, talk of a Bf 110 in Christchurch, the Hurricane remains which will be flying in "three years" and a Daimler powered 109 in the works. They were exciting times.
Well I have now officially re-jigged my flight south, going earlier, so hopefully if the new plans work out I'll actually get to Wanaka on the Thursday rather than miss the Friday show. Yey!
If you make it to Wanaka early enough on the Thursday, it's well worth while heading out to the airport on the Thursday afternoon as there is usually plenty of interesting activities going on and you get to see a lot of the aircraft arrive. The last few airshows, I've noticed the numbers at the airfield increasing on the Thursday afternoon. There is no organised parking though, so its a case of either find a parking spot somewhere on the airport, or else park along the side of the road outside.
I should be at Wanaka and checked into my accommodation and out at the airport by mid afternoon on the Thursday.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Feb 17, 2018 14:15:45 GMT 12
I met up with some friends for dinner at the Speight's Ale House in Wanaka on the Sunday evening after the last Warbirds Over Wanaka. Ando was supposed to be having dinner with us, but he sprained his ankle at the place he was staying, so didn't make it. My friends and I are going to repeat the Sunday evening dinner again this year (hopefully Ando will make it this time), so perhaps any forum members who wish to have a post-airshow debrief over a few cold ales and dinner might like to join us? Due to the number of people who eat at that establishment over Easter weekend, it would probably pay to book a table if it is likely to end up being a large group. Interested? Let me know in this thread if you'd like to have dinner on the Sunday evening. Or you could send me a PM through the group. Or you could text me on 027-4830263. The huge selection of beer is cold and the food is delicious at Speight's Ale House Wanaka. It would probably pay to make a booking a few days beforehand though.
And on Easter Monday, if the weather forcast for South Westland is reasonably okay, I'm heading over to The CrayPot at Jacksons Bay, south of Haast, for lunch (check them out also on Facebook). I always go there for lunch following Warbirds Over Wanaka. If anybody is into a delicious freshly-caught seafood lunch on the Monday and would like to join me for an extremely scenic day trip to the “end of the earth”, I'd have room for up to three people.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 20, 2018 9:40:06 GMT 12
Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018
Fly from Ardmore direct into Wanaka for the airshow.
The DC3 departs approx. 1000, from the FLY DC3 New Zealand hangar at 458 Corsair Lane, Ardmore, on Thursday March 29th - therefore maximising any 3 Day Gold, Silver and General Admission passes. (Purchase your airshow tickets online – no gate sales.)
Depart Wanaka for Ardmore Monday April 2nd. Approx.1030. DC3 fare includes return flights, a selection of inflight refreshments, Brunch/Lunch and a luggage allowance. Contact Jessica at the DC3 office email@example.com, or 0800 FLY DC3. NZ$990 p/p.
If anyone is wanting accommodation (now they have been tempted by the F-16 and Buchon), I have spare bunks available in Queenstown Thur-Sun for very reasonable rates. Drop me a PM if interested. I'm flying in on Thursday morning, but driving to Dunedin on the Monday morning if that helps with anyone's transport.
Post by johnnyfalcon on Feb 26, 2018 13:43:59 GMT 12
Noted that in the published program a few days ago. Also noted 2 x P-51, 1 x Spitfire, 1 x P-40, 0 x Corsair... ironic considering it features as the centre-piece of the promotional poster. I guess the organisers are trying hard...
Post by johnnyfalcon on Feb 26, 2018 15:28:56 GMT 12
OK, that one is new to me...! Each one I've seen has an air to air photograph of the Corsair superimposed and half-exiting a giant CGI "30". The most recent was on the weekend, pinned to the notice board at the Canterbury Aero Club.
Certainly haven't seen the Corsair one, at least online! All the google searches show good old TB863 FUP. I have seen a few Classic Fighters posters with the Corsair. On that has any one heard what is happening with the P40 and Corsair? I hope they stay at home!