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04/21/2017 at 10:07. Facebook
EPIC CLASSIC FIGHTERS!!

Well it has been an exhausting few months, leading to intense weeks, working to get the latest Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow delivered over the Easter weekend. As airshow Chairman, co-commentator etc. and a few other more forgettable roles, I don't get time to stop to take photos much, but I have a few special memories from the show week, taken by various people,...
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EPIC CLASSIC FIGHTERS Well it has been an exhausting few months leading
Craig Anderson
Anthony Portelli
Alistair Marshall
THOROUGHBRED TRIO TO REUNITE....

There has only been one occasion when three Spitfires have flown together south of the Equator since the war era. That was at the 2015 Classic Fighters airshow at Omaka Airfield, Marlborough, New Zealand, as seen in this image captured by Errol Cavit. It's exciting to report that these three machines will come together again in the skies over Omaka next...
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THOROUGHBRED TRIO TO REUNITE There has only been one occasion when three
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Craig Matheson
Geoff Lanham
MACCHI REMEMBERED

It can be easy to forget some of the significant fighters of WW-II, simply because we never see them at airshows and seldom see them anywhere else. The Macchi MC.200 is a case in point as shown in this great period photo (hard to tell if this is original colour or added later, but it presents the aircraft really well). The type first flew in December 1937 and from all...
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MACCHI REMEMBERED It can be easy to forget some of the significant
Philip Andrew
Timothy Brett
Moreno Testi
Not long to go and all of these months of work will come to a head this Easter with the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow here at Omaka. Already the airfield is coming to life with aircraft being prepared for the show, first flights looming, sets being built and the just-arrived Yak-3U 'Steadfast' already nearly assembled after less than a single day's work by the Team Steadfast guys from...
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Joe Fricano
Barry Tod
Chris McCracken
FRENCH JUGS

This is a great period image of some French operated Republic P-47 Thunderbolts apparently based somewhere in North Africa. We would love to hear from anyone who can fill in some of the details behind this photograph.
In the meantime, we must ask the forgiveness of our Classic Wings readers, that our entire staff are immersed beneath the organisational weight of the rapidly...
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FRENCH JUGS This is a great period image of some French operated
Cyril Defever
Russell Furzer
Andrew Walker
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!

Well....they're already here! It's always a blast to open a shipping container housing another exotic aircraft. This time our arrival is a temporary visitor in the form of the record-breaking Yak-3U 'Steadfast' which is here to participate in the Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow here at Omaka Airfield over this coming Easter. Already the airfield is starting...
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John Leathers
Frank Huddleston
Jeffrey Banks
THE GROWL OF THE GRIFFON

There's usually a lot of heritage aviation activity around Omaka Airfield on most days, but coming up to an airshow it gets really busy, verging on hectic!
Amongst the various activities over the last few days, we have seen (and heard!!) a few engine runs by Jay McIntyre in the CFFC Spitfire Mk.XIVe. As many will be aware the carburettor had never operated to a 100%...
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THE GROWL OF THE GRIFFON Theres usually a lot of heritage aviation
Craig Matheson
Stephen Murray
Adrian Henderson
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR....

Well after a slow start we had a great Summer Flying Day yesterday here at Omaka with lots of interesting aircraft getting airborne through the late morning and afternoon. Bill Reid had the magnificent Avro Anson Mk.I out and flying several times, occasionally accompanied by the two or three Nanchangs that were actively practicing their...
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MEANWHILE BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR
Paul Vigeant
Frank Feldmann
Richard Hubbard
THUNDER ALLEY

It would be hard to find a more unusual colour scheme for a P-47 Thunderbolt than this odd mixture of camouflage with individual embellishments including the red and white nose cowling. The P-47 remains one of the least represented of the US front-line WW-II fighters to be seen at flying events around the world, sadly, although there is some encouraging progress being made on...
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THUNDER ALLEY It would be hard to find a more unusual colour
Kyle Bernard
Andy Bass
David Atkins
A RETURN TO THE TROPICS!

Back at the Classic Wings hangar, next door neighbour Noel Kruse's immaculate Ryan STM always brightens our day when its polished flanks are brought out into the sunlight for a fly. That sunlight however has been replaced by spotlights for its present assignment standing in for Murray Miers' Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection Spitfire Mk.XIVe at the Omaka AHC's...
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A RETURN TO THE TROPICS Back at the Classic Wings hangar next
Ron Randall
Phil Hultin
Ray Smith
Happy International Women's day!
Happy International Womens day
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Peter Worby
Chuck Haase
TAKE A LODE OFF....

There has been a striking number of classic aircraft produced by the genius of Kelly Johnson and the team at Lockheed. The P-38 Lightning was unconventional but brilliant. The P-80 Shooting Star helped launch the jet age for the USAF whilst the T-33 trained young jet pilots in many countries and for many years. The elegant Constellation revolutionised air travel for a...
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TAKE A LODE OFF There has been a striking number of classic
Brian Lilly
Gerry Stephens
Brad Engbrecht
A SHAGBAT BY ANY OTHER NAME.....!

The Supermarine Walrus was certainly not the prettiest aircraft to go into service during WW-II. In fact quite the opposite was true you'd have to say, especially mindful of the fact that the same company was also responsible for that most elegant thoroughbred of fighters, the Spitfire. What is even more remarkable is that the acknowledged 'father of the...
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A SHAGBAT BY ANY OTHER NAME The Supermarine Walrus was certainly not
Michael Holmes
Eric Casius
Bert Walker
CLASSIC FIGHTERS - ONE DAY GOLD PASS TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Many people have been awaiting the release of the one day Gold Pass tickets to the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow coming up this Easter. If you're someone who has always wanted to see a sky full of Fokker Triplanes, or a V-1 'Doodlebug' launched and flown, or see a 'magnificent men air race' or a grand parade of 30 warbirds, you...
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CLASSIC FIGHTERS ONE DAY GOLD PASS TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Colin Ford
Bob Howard
Barry Tod
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR....

We have had a busy day here at Omaka, starting with an airfield covered in lovely old flying machines, all here as part of the Tiger Moth Club's southern safari. Some 20 or so elderly aircraft enjoyed the Omaka grass for the night before making a leisurely departure around noon. On the field were about a dozen Moths, mostly Tiger Moths, but also...
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MEANWHILE BACK AT THE CLASSIC WINGS HANGAR
Chris Nuttall
Jake Single
Piet Hugo
'WHAT'S NEW......IN THE HOOD?!"

I'm sure most readers would have seen this image before but it is worth taking a minute to enjoy it as the Mustang is positioned for the camera above the English countryside in this great WW-II period colour photograph.
P-51B Mustang 42-106950 of 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, shows off its 'Malcolm Hood' blown canopy to good advantage here. For...
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WHATS NEWIN THE HOOD Im sure most readers would have seen this
Ashley Goode
Jerry Benard
James Lefevre
WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING....

This image shows one of a number of Mitsubishi A6M series 'Zero' fighters captured by the Allies during the Second World War. Evaluation flights were carried out at a number of centres during the conflict. We have written previously in Classic Wings magazine about the 'ATAIU' (Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit) that evaluated captured Japanese aircraft at...
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WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING This image shows one of a number of
Robert Scott
Tony Graham
Gary Offerman
ANOTHER STUNNING OMAKA SUNSET

We are lucky to get some great sunsets through the seasons, but this time of the year in particular, we get some utterly cracker vistas, and so it has been these last few days. It's hard to take your eyes away when the heavens are painting portraits like these!
ANOTHER STUNNING OMAKA SUNSET We are lucky to get some great sunsets
Evan Batchelor
Lisa Coggiola
HAWKER HANDYCRAFT

Often referred to as the prettiest biplanes ever built, Hawker's series of glamorous RR Kestrel powered fighters, bombers and trainers of the 1930s are usually pictured with their rakish fighter lines decorated with bright silver wings and 'acres' of smooth polished aluminium. The aircraft pictured here in trainer yellow and serving as a tech-training aid in this instance...
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HAWKER HANDYCRAFT Often referred to as the prettiest biplanes ever built Hawkers
Richard Simmonds
Sean Hennessy
Ethel De Aardvark
You don't have to guess where we're going to be this Easter!
Look forward to seeing you all there :D
Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka 2017
You don't have to guess where we're going to be this Easter
Gregory Bartlett
Greg John Bolitho