Before I get into the show, I thought I would post this picture. It has always had a lot of meaning for me. It was taken as the sun set over ANZAC Cove on 24th April 2010, just as I was starting my volunteer work there.
Now on to the show…. it was a mix of static displays, re-enactments and aerial displays. Of course, we were mainly there for the aircraft :)
The weather had been somewhat dubious during the week, but cleared up for the weekend (so it seemed in Auckland anyway…..). Arriving in Cambridge, we found the weather was somewhat overcast, but it eventually burnt off and the sun certainly started to heat up. The cloud cover made for some interesting photography though.
After standing between Rob and Lee at Classic Fighters and feeling somewhat inadequate was the whole reason why I got my nice new camera – to take pictures of aeroplanes! I’d been looking forward to this :) So…. without further ado, on to the pics from the show!
An airshow wouldn’t be complete without some crazy stunt pilot. This guy is around 70yrs of age… Here’s the Pitts Special doing its thing:
Then along came one of the main stars of the show…...the P-40 Kittyhawk! This photo turned out just perfect:
A few more…. the “Roar of the Kittyhawk”
It’s always impressive to see and Frank Parker flies it well.
But…. the Kittyhawk was followed up by that magnificent sound of a merlin engine as Graeme Bethell roared through fast and low. Bought back some memories of sitting in the back of it for my own flight earlier in the year!
Initially, I didn’t like this one, but the more I look at it…. the more I like it, even though I haven’t quite got the positioning right.
And with an even shorter appearance…. the RNZAF P-3 Orion (good to see Steve has been busy). With only one pass and lots of dark cloud the photos didn’t turn out very well….
The Grumman Avenger was supposed to flying up from Christchurch on the Sunday and this was one of the other aircraft we were keen to see. Bad weather between Christchurch and Cambridge meant this flight had to be cancelled. Disappointing as it also didn’t make it to Classic Fighters. No doubt we will see it at some point though.
Boer War – NZ Mounted Rifles come to the rescue of a British supply camp:
WW1 – ANZAC forces land at Gallipoli (Steam Pinnaces were used to tow the boats with the troops into shore for a landing, similar to what was done during the actual Gallipoli landings:
WW2 – Russian Front:
WW2 – Western Front:
WW2 – The Pacific Theatre:
Off course there’s always one…. funny looking “weapon” that US Marine is aiming in the background…..
Lots of great explosions and general pyrotechnics all round :)
Overall, it was pretty good weekend and $20 well spent ($10 entry each day) for a full days entertainment. Had thought there would be more vehicles there, but not sure they’re allowed after previous noise complaints? May have that wrong though. Event seemed a little disorganised, but the the weather disrupting the flights seemed to be handled okay. Oh, and what happened to the firing of the 25 pounder!?!?
Would we go back…. well for the cost and the fact its not far away, then most definitely.
Would definitely recommend popping in next year if you’re interested. Enjoy and look out for some more pics later in the week.