Sunday, June 27, 2010


Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 will take place at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton in the heart of New Zealand’s Wairarapa region, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January 2011. Widely regarded as one of Australasia’s largest and fastest-growing air shows, Wings Over Wairarapa rivals any show for display content, flying displays and reputation.

Wairarapa’s proximity (only and hour and a half by train or car or 30 minutes by chartered aircraft) to Wellington is a huge advantage for visitors to the show, enabling them to enjoy the many advantages of one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities, while still being close enough to easily commute to the show on a daily basis. A designated air show train service runs to and from Wellington, as does a chartered flight service, on each day of the show, ensuring that patrons can relax and enjoy the day out.

A number of the feature aircraft attending the show have already been announced and are detailed on the show’s recently launched website - These include aircraft from The Vintage Aviator Collection, the largest privately-owned collection of WWI aircraft in the world, which is based at Hood Aerodrome, along with some ‘stars’ from WWII, a number of which will be making their air show debut at Wings Over Wairarapa 2011.

Over 70 aircraft will be displayed at the show representing a unique pictorial account of the history of aviation. While celebrating the historical significance of WWI & WWII military aircraft, the show will also feature displays from other rarely seen vintage aircraft, heart-stopping agricultural displays, gliding, commercial & helicopter displays, home builts, microlights, gyrocopters, jet formations & thrilling aerobatics – truly offering something for everyone! The flying each day will culminate in a dramatic pyrotechnic display and mock air field attack lighting up the skies and thrilling the crowds.

The theme of the 2011 show, ‘We Will Remember’, will celebrate not only the aircraft but the men and women that have shaped the history of aviation, making it a tribute show not to be missed. Veterans from both New Zealand and Australia will be welcomed at the show and there will be a special salute to them during the weekend.

“Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 will really see this event come of age. Now in its twelfth year we are expecting over 50,000 to attend over the three days of the event” says Liz Pollock the event’s manager. “Gates will open from lunch time on the Friday, the shows Official Practice day, to give visitors the opportunity to look around the many trade sites that will be featured and also to watch the various display aircraft go through their paces before the first official day on the show on the Saturday.”

Wings over Wairarapa 2011 will feature a wealth of entertainment on the ground as well as in the sky including
o The Destination Wairarapa marquee featuring some of the best of the regions attractions, products, wine and food
o Feature races
o Children’s entertainment
o Trade sites
o Static displays
o Combined Defense Forces interactive camp
o Vintage stationary and traction engines
o Vintage and contemporary military vehicles
o Movie props and much more!

Continuing the ANZAC theme of the show Grand Pacific Tours and Kirra Holidays have both recently announced tours to Wings Over Wairarapa 2011, a first for the show and a sign of the growing interest in Wings from across the Tasman. Tickets to the show are also available through a link from the Ticketek Australia website


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