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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:56 am 
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Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow 2009
Classic Fighters is designed to be more than an airshow, our philosophy being to provide visitors with two full days of family entertainment in an event that is distinctly different and with a unique Marlborough flavour. Certainly the aviation theme will dominate, but the flying is combined with ground theatre, vehicles and set pieces to create a spectacle that all will enjoy.

Imagine Fokker Triplanes mixing it up in the sky with SE5as and Sopwiths, while troops fire original Krupps canons and attack from behind a WW1 tank, all amid the smoke and fire of pyrotechnics – and that is just WW1!

A range of exciting antique and classic open cockpit biplanes and vintage cabin airlines of the 1920s and 30s will represent ‘the Golden Age’ between the wars. Names like de Havilland, Percival, Ryan, TravelAir, Beechcraft Fleet and Stearman will be on display.

The warbirds of the Second World War always guarantee the colour, noise and spectacle that make a show a success. 2009 will see the iconic Spitfire, Mustang and Kittyhawk all represented, along with the PBY Catalina, DC3, Harvards, a taxiable Stuka replica and several ‘mystery’ types from overseas, participating in the exciting scenarios.

Formation aerobatics is always a real crowd pleaser. As well as the many privately owned aircraft from around the country, we can also expect the presence of the Air Force to inject some further ‘heavy metal’.

Back from the display line, visitors can take a break from the action and seek out a bargain in the trade stalls or be tempted with a glass of Marlborough wine and sample the delicious food on offer, while the kids explore the playground attractions.

Throughout the show there is a strong sense of fun and humour. To that end, each show is themed to not only give direction and meaning to the air show scenarios, but also to include the public and connect with them across a broader range of interests. Past Classic Fighters have included a North African theme (complete with a pyramid and belly dancers!); ‘France’ with its Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, onion sellers and berets; and also an ‘Aviation and the Movies’ theme, which opened the field wide for famous film scene recreations.

2009 is set for an Italian invasion. Glamorous sports cars will be on display and local providers will serve Italian inspired food. There will be lunchtime entertainment and the whole airfield will have the colour and vibrancy that comes with getting into the spirit of the event.


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panzerschreck fireing at Omaka air show


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:24 am 
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Big guns invade in time for air show

By CHERIE HOWIE - Marlborough Last updated 16:11 04/03/2009 Share Print Text Size CHRISTINE CORNEGEBIG GUN: An 88mm Flak 37 German artillery gun has come to town as part of the Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka.The anit-aircraft gun can fire to 36,000 feet. Relevant offers Picton was the scene of a military invasion yesterday, the first of many, those behind the incursion say. Residents and visitors may have been shocked to see an 88mm Flak 37 German artillery gun roll off a Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry, loaded onto a Simcox Construction flat bed truck and driven to Blenheim.The arrival of the seven-tonne World War II anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun is just the first of several items of vintage military memorabilia on their way to Marlborough for next month's Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka.Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre chief executive Jane Orphan said the anti-aircraft gun was used by the German forces during WWII, particularly in North Africa, and would have been a formidable weapon."You wouldn't want to see that in front of you."The gun, believed to be the only one of its kind in New Zealand, is owned by film-maker Peter Jackson's aircraft restoration and manufacturing company The Vintage Aviator. No-one from the company could be contacted for comment yesterday.Mrs Orphan said the gun was the first of several items of military memorabilia due to be shipped to Picton for the airshow."We've got stuff coming from around the country," she said.Bluebridge spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said Bluebridge were shipping the memorabilia, including the artillery gun, for free as part of its sponsorship of the airshow's WWII scenarios.The gun was carefully manoeuvered onto the back of a Simcox Construction truck, which company owner Ian Simcox said was also provided free.A keen aviator, Mr Simcox said the free lift for the massive gun was his way of allowing Marlborough to see this piece of aviation history.He said Simcox had transported other aviation pieces in the past.


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