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New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

New Zealand Air Show Thrills Crowds

An estimated 30,000 people will be ironing out the kinks in their necks after spending the weekend gazing at the sky at the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow near Blenheim, New Zealand.

Airshow organiser Graham Orphan said that despite rain on Saturday, the crowd was out in force for the seventh biennial airshow at the Omaka airfield. About 18,000 people were thought to have attended the show on Saturday, while 5,000 attended the dusk show on Friday and 7,000 more headed along Sunday despite the fickle weather.

“Every year I get up in the PA tower and look down at all the people, and Saturday definitely had unprecedented numbers,” Orphan said.

Aircraft enthusiasts and history buffs were treated to more than 100 vintage, warbird and replica World War I, World War II, Royal New Zealand Air Force and civilian aircraft performing spectacular aerial displays and stunts.

For the complete story by Anna Williams of The Marlborough Express, click here.

Photo by Martin de Ruyter, The Marlborough Express

Updated: April 1, 2013 — 10:54 AM

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