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Warbirds Over Wanaka: what to expect for 2018

The renowned New Zealand airshow, Warbirds Over Wanaka, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018!

Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand

The 3-day long Easter weekend event attracts 50 000 aviation enthusiasts from across New Zealand and the world, showcasing the very best in Warbirds flying acts and ground displays, plus exhibitions from NASA, Air Force regiments, aviation trade stalls and lots more.

With planning well underway for the 30th anniversary event, Warbirds Over Wanaka is promising to be one for the books, with favorite acts from previous years set to return, as well as a number of exciting new additions.

A hotly anticipated reappearance will see Wellington-based glider pilot, Doug Hamilton, returning to Wanaka for a second time, following on from his Warbirds debut in 2012 when his flying routine in an ASH25 glider aircraft left the audience spell-bound. Doug will once again take to the skies for what is sure to be another memorable performance.

Packard cards featuring in New Zealand

An exciting addition to the ground portion of the show for 2018 welcomes what will likely be the finest collection of classic Packard cars outside of the United States. The vehicles will be making their way to the airshow via a rally organised by the Packard Club of New Zealand, with the cars being displayed at the airshow over the weekend. Among the 50-strong fleet, 10 vehicles from the US are being specially shipped to be part of the display.

With plenty of acts yet to be announced and many of the old favourites returning, Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018 is shaping up to be an outstanding weekend of aviation celebration in New Zealand.