Saturday, 21 April 2012

Wings Over Wanaka Airshow 2002

Dad got invited to display his Ryan at the 2002 Wanaka Airshow, he asked if i would like to come along as passenger/ refueling boy which i accepted before he finished his sentence.
An approx 1000k journey broken into two days consisting of numerous fuel stops due to the Ryans short range tank, multiple cups of Tea at humble airfields, great company with our formation buddy Shane Papps in his Ryan STM and the sense of becoming at one with the Ryan and its harmonious klack of the Kinner radial engine.

Heres a handfull of pics from an unforgetable event.

Departing Ardmore Airfield, followed by one of the Airshows big bangers, a P-40

Crossing Cook Straight

Display time

International Photographers were over from their parts of the world capturing the Airshow that would have to be one of the best in the World due to the stunning location and low level displays from rare machines. Heres an early morning photo shoot, i was passenger in the Ryan STM which allowed me to grab this interesting pic of air to air photography.

I managed to snap the pic above of them while they took the below pic of us.

Those in the know will appreciate this shot and understand why i dont need to say anymore!

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