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Classic Flyers in association with the Royal New Zealand Air Force was proud to present the Black Falcons aerobatic team at our annual Tauranga City Air Show. The event took place on Saturday 20th January 2018 and was a great success.

The Beech Texan T6C’s, imported in 2015, had yet to be displayed as a team in Tauranga. “To have them perform for ‘Classics of the Sky’ is a real privilege”, says Classic Flyers marketing manager Amy Scott. The RNZAF plan to involve other aircraft as part of their display in addition to the Black Falcons.

Amongst an excellent line-up of ex-military and aerobatic aircraft will be another crowd favourite; the “Roaring Forties” Harvard aerobatic team. With their trade mark spinning propeller “snarl” and the bark of big radial engines operating at high speed.

Classic Flyers have acquired yet another Grumman Avenger restoration project to be rebuilt alongside their current Avenger exhibit from Gisborne.

A great photo opportunity!

Witness three Avengers together for the first time since the 1950s! These include the airworthy example performing a bombing run and flying display, a second Avenger completely restored to static display status and a third aircraft in the early stages of restoration.

Joining the Avengers on the day was other Classic Flyers static and operational exhibits including engine runs from the Aermacchi jet and P40 Kittyhawk.  

Dave Philips put on yet another of his spectacular Tiger Moth displays. The impressive Czech built L-39 Albatross jet piloted by Steve Geard, of international aerobatic fame, flew his Yak 55M performing unbelievable stunts and racing a car on the runway too.

The show culminated with a “Fire Fight”!  Preceeded by a military vehicle crew display.

Gates opened at 1.30pm with the Airshow starting at 3.00pm.

For an afternoons entertainment the ticket prices were a bargin.
Adults $25, Children $15, Family $60 (2 x adults, up to 3 children)

Everyone went home at the end of the day after enjoying a really entertaining show.


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