WARBIRDS ON PARADE

Auckland’s local AIRSHOW is back!

Join us for a day of aerobatics, formation flypasts and aerial displays.  Mark it in your diaries to see our aviation heritage where it belongs – in the sky!

SUNDAY 10 March 2024*

9:00am to 4:00pm

-Flying starts at 10:30am-

Ardmore Airport, Auckland

New Zealand

On show will be a wide collection of historic military, classic and sport aircraft, classic cars and military vehicles.  Merchandise, food and refreshments will also be available.

Tickets are available through iTicket.  Due to popularity, we are limiting tickets to ONLINE ONLY sales for this event.

TICKETS

 

*A full refund will be available if the event is cancelled.

 

Need help to get around the show.  Our friends from Independent Living will have limited walkers and wheel chairs available for those requiring mobility assistance.  Booking is essential! Contact office@nzwarbirds.org.nz to reserve yours.

What will you see at Warbirds on Parade?

 

A variety of aircraft from the Great War, the Golden Age of Aviation, the Second World War and the Jet age.  Some real high octane stuff!

Please note that participating aircraft and static displays will be subject to weather, availability and serviceability.  As aircraft and displays are announced they will be added here.

-In the Air-

Goodyear Aircraft Corporation FG-1D Corsair

Yes thats right!  We are excited to see the return of NZ’s only airworthy Corsair to Ardmore after a number of years in storage.

The Corsair is an American fighter aircraft which saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Some 424 Corsairs were used by the RNZAF from 1944 to 1948 and the Corsair that will be on display served with the RNZAF.

North American P-51D Mustang

Designed in 1940 as a replacement to the P40 Kittyhawk, the P-51 Mustang was originally powered by an Allison V-1710 V12 but when the RAF swapped the Alison to the much more powerful Rolls Royce Merlin, the Mustang was found to be an excellent high altitude fighter and along with its speed, maneuverability and (most importantly) range, made it the only fighter at the time with the ability to escort the Allied bombers over occupied Europe (a role which it excelled at).

 

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 - NZ Warbirds

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9

Its not Warbirds on Parade without a Spitfire!  A symbol of British defiance against Nazi Germany, the Spitfire was designed as a high performance, short-range interceptor combining superb aerodynamics with one of the best aero-engine motors of the time, the Rolls Royce Merlin.  It was highly regarded by its pilots, who praised it for its flying characteristics and its ability to outturn its nemesis, the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

 

North American Aviation T-6 Harvard

North American Aviation’s beloved T6 Texan trainer earned itself the title “The Pilot Maker” due to its important role in preparing allied pilots for combat during World War Two. The RNZAF operated 202 Harvards from 1941 till their retirement in 1977, after serving for 36 years training Kiwi pilots. It was the last wartime aircraft to see service with the RNZAF.

The Roaring Forties display team will once again take to the skies at Warbirds on Parade.

de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth

The Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane that was operated by many Commonwealth and Allied nations during the Second World War. The types handling was found to be ideal for training pilots and therefore the type was used as an initial trainer in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan before trainees moved onto the more powerful Harvard and fighter types.

Douglas DC-3 Dakota

The DC3, the Dakota, the Dak, the Goonie Bird or just plain “Betsy”… whatever you call her, you have to love her. The DC3 is one of the most iconic, useful aircraft ever built and Fly DC3’s example will be on display and available for flights this coming Warbirds on Parade!

DC3’s played a key role during World War 2 and have had a lasting impact on the airline industry. A total of 16,079 DC3s were produced, with more than 400 still in commercial service as recently as 1998.

 

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2

The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e was a British built, single-engine, biplane first used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) from 1912 till 1919.  Originally intended as a front line fighter for air to air combat, their inherently stable characteristics and poor performance made them easy prey for the German Fokker Eindecker.  Despite this it was used for other roles including as a light bomber, night fighter, anti-submarine and coastal patrol reconnaissance platform, and trainer.

Albatros D.Va

Albatros D.Va

Introduced in the later stages of the First World War, the Albatros D.Va is a German single seat fighter featuring a streamlined semi-monocoque wooden fuselage and fabric covered wings.  It was an attempt to improve on the earlier D.V which was found to have to structural failures.  When the D.Va was deployed to front line units it was already more-or-less obsolete having to operate with a restriction on its diving performance.  Despite this, the Albatros remained in front line use till the Armistice.

Siemens Schuckert D.IV - NZWarbirds

Siemens-Schuckert D.IV

During August of 1918, the Siemens Schuckert D.IV started to appear with front line units. It was officially described as being “superior by far to all single-seaters in use” and was regarded to be the best performing fighter of the Great War. Despite its qualities the type saw little conflict as the following month saw the armistice signed and the War came to an end.

Bristol Fighter F.2B - NZWarbirds

Bristol Fighter F.2B

The Bristol Fighter F.2B, affectionately known as the “Brisfit”, is a British 2 seat aircraft that was used during the later stages of World War One. Designed by Frank Barnwell, it was intended to replace the Royal Aircraft Factory’s B.E.2. fulfilling a variety of roles including a fighter, light bomber and reconnaissance platform. It was fast, manoeuvrable and could dive faster than any other aircraft at the time.

Bristol Scout D

Bristol Scout D

NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is fortunate to have one of two, full-scale Bristol Scouts worldwide. This particular machine was built in the USA by the late Herb Harkey in the 1990’s and was completed in 1997. Although it is a replica, there are original period components such as the cockpit instruments and, of course, its authentic 80hp Le’Rhone rotary engine.

Fokker Dr.1

Famous for being flown by Manfred Von Richthofen (The Red Baron), the Fokker Dr.1 was introduced late 1917 and pilots were quick to regard it for its climbing ability, manoeuvrability, and light controls when compared to other fighters of the time such as the Albatros and Pfalz. No original airframes have survived with the last of the type destroyed by a bombing raid during WW2.

Yakovlev Yak-52

Returning for this years Warbirds on Parade – The Yakwits display pair flying their Yak-52s!  The Yak-52 is a primary trainer that was developed in the late 1970s for Soviet Russia’s military. Like most Russian aircraft, the Yak-52 is a rugged design, capable of operating in the extreme temperatures of Siberia whilst requiring minimal maintenance.  The tricycle landing gear is retractable but remains exposed in-flight providing protection to the airframe should a “wheels up” landing occur.

 

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de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk

The DHC-1 Chipmunk is the first indigenous aircraft designed by the Canadian company, which was originally setup as a subsidiary of its parent company in 1928.   It was designed to be a replacement for the Tiger Moth and as such was procured by the RAF and RCAF where it was used as a primary trainer.

Cessna O-1 Bird Dog

The Cessna Bird Dog is a liaison and observation aircraft.  It served in many branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and was used during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was the first all-metal fixed-wing aircraft ordered for and by the United States Army following the Army Air Forces’ separation from it in 1947.

 

Extra 330LX

The Extra 330LX is a two-seat tandem aerobatic monoplane capable of Unlimited category competition.  Like the MXS the Extra is constructed from Carbon fiber and Carbon composites making it super light and really maneuverable!

David Cranna will be the pilot and will be putting this sleek machine through its paces.

 

Rihn DR-107 One Design

The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. For this role it is stressed to +/-10g.

David Wilkinson will be the pilot and will be putting this sleek machine through its paces.

 

Pitts S-1SS

Ardmore welcomes Richard Hood’s Pitts S-1SS.  This aircraft is a single seat, fully aerobatic biplane which has only recently been completed.  The S-1SS has symmetrical airfoils and features an aileron setup derived from the S-1-11/-11B “Super Stinker” aircraft developed for competition aerobatics.

Photo sourced from NZ Civil Aircraft

 

 

Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT4

Pacific Aerospace CT/4

The CT/4 is a NZ built, basic trainer designed in the early 1970s.

The CT/4s were purchased by the RNZAF in 1976 for the central flying school (replacing the war time Harvards) training hundreds of kiwi airforce pilots until 2014 when the type was replaced by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II.

-On the Ground-

RNZAF Beechcraft T-6C Texan II

“The T-6C aircraft are purpose-built for military training and have the latest technology including ejection seats, collision-avoidance and ground proximity warning systems, a pressurised cockpit and an on-board oxygen generating system to provide supplementary oxygen for each pilot. The T-6C Texan II is expected to remain in service with our Royal New Zealand Air Force for 30 years.” (Text sourced www.nzdf.mil.nz)

 

 

RNZAF A109 Light Utility Helicopter

The “Royal New Zealand Air Force has five Agusta Westland A109 Light Utility Helicopters.  In addition to its training role, the A109LUH is utilised in various operational tasks, including support to other government agencies, disaster relief, and personnel transport in a light utility role.” (Text sourced www.nzdf.mil.nz)

📷 NZDF

 

 

Air Chathams Saab 340

We are excited to welcome Air Chathams and their Saab 340 commercial airliner to Ardmore for this years Warbirds on Parade.  With capacity for up to 34 passengers Air Chathams Saab 340’s are mainly used on the Auckland to Whanganui and Auckland to Kāpiti Coast routes.  The Saab 340 will be on static display only.

 

Bell 429 GlobalRanger

The Bell 429 helicopter is used by the air support ‘Eagle’ unit as an airborne observation platform.  From their vantage point in the sky the crew are able to readily coordinate the operations of ground units.

This twin-engine machine is a huge hit every time – especially with families who enjoy seeing how its cameras work and finding out more about the work they do.

 

NZ Army Bushmaster

We are very excited to welcome back to Ardmore the New Zealand Army who will join us at Warbirds on Parade to display their Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles.  “The Bushmaster is an Australian-built four-wheel drive armoured vehicle.  Weighing 17 tonnes, with an additional five-tonne payload, Bushmasters can protect up to 10 personnel from ballistic and blast attacks.”

 

NZ Coastguard Cessna 182

Since 2011, the Auckland Air Patrol has operated a dedicated Cessna 182 aircraft, registered as ZK-SAR.   The Coastguard Air Patrol can search up to 35 square miles of water and shoreline per hour, reducing the time needed to cover large search areas and improving SAR outcomes.

https://nzsar.govt.nz/news/coastguard-air-patrol/

 

 

Tickets:

Adults $45.00
Child (School Age) $15.00
Under 5’s Free
Family Pass $105.00 (online only)

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North American P-51-D Mustang

Fighter

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Packard Merlin V-1650, 1450 Hp, V12 Supercharged Piston Engine
Top Speed: 803 Km/h, 500 MPH, 434 Knots

 

Alvis Leonides

Radial Engine

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: 520 hp air-cooled, 11.8 L, 9-cylinder, radial piston engine
Top Speed:

 

AESL Airtourer

Light Utility Aircraft/Trainer

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Lycoming O-320. 160 hp piston engine
Top Speed:

 

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The Roaring Forties returning from the  recent Classic Flyers Aero Day 2024 with Ardmore Airport in the distance. 

📸 Paul Johnston 

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CORSAIR FLYING TODAY!

Corsair NZ5648 will be flying today (Sunday 14th) with takeoff at 1100am.  Come down to NZ Warbirds at Ardmore and check it out.

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Battle of Britain Flypast✅. 

It’s always privilege to commemorate such an historic day in aircraft of the same era. 

Did you see us? 

📷Rob New

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Good news for NZ warbird enthusiasts with the confirmation that the FG-1D Corsair ZK-COR took to the skies yesterday after a 6 year hiatus in storage. 

Newly rated Corsair pilot Frank Parker took this picture yesterday of his view flying the historic fighter to Omaka from Hood Aerodrome. 

We can’t wait to see this aircraft performing at airshows again!  It’s been long over due. 

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Another photo from Warbirds on Parade 2023.  Strikemaster 72 in the hands of pilot and owner Charles Davies showing off those classic Blunty lines. 😍

It has been awesome having this machine on display at NZ Warbirds at Ardmore while it has  received some maintenance from the team at Pioneer Aero. 

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📍Ardmore Airport

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#epic “Because I was inverted” 😎

Top side of P-51D Mustang ZK-TAF flown by Graham Bethell from our big Kings Birthday show as captured by Neville Bailey. 

📷 Neville Bailey
📍 Ardmore Airport 

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Mellow Yellow? 

Harvard 78 flown by Jeff Hunter at last Sunday’s Warbirds on Parade. 

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Achtung! Spitfire!🔥

MH367 banking tight at Warbirds on Parade 2023. 

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📍 Ardmore Airport

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#merlin
It almost doesn’t look real 👀
But it is! 

Albatros DVa replica ZK-ARS captured by Paul at our recent Warbirds on Parade airshow. 

What a great show!

📷Paul Johnston
📍Ardmore Airport

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We are go for Sunday!😁

We have been busy setting up for our big show tomorrow and the weather looks to be okay at this stage. 

There was plenty of flying activity at Ardmore with various aircraft getting up to practice their routines.  Also a few aircraft have flown in who are visiting for tomorrow including Strikemaster 72 from Wellington. 

A few things to keep in mind:

🔘Gates open at 9am and displays start at 10:30am.  Tentative display program is now up on our website as well as our airshow display map.

🔘Directions to get to Ardmore can be found here👇
https://nzwarbirds.org.nz/contact/travelling_to_warbirds_on_parade/

🔘Remember access to the show and parking is via the Hamlin Road entrance ONLY!

🔘Unfortunately NO dogs are allowed at the show except for registered service dogs.

🔘Tickets are still available via iTICKET and Yes tickets can be purchased at the gate👇.
https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2023/jun/warbirds-on-parade

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. 
Spread the word!

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