Every second Easter, Wanaka is host to an airshow which has become very well known. This year the Royal NZ Air Force was celebrating its 75th anniversary, so they had a significant presence. I got quite a few good shots so I’ll present them in several posts, starting with the real old-timers.
David Phillips, an Airbus captain, gave us a display of aerobatics in his De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth. Hard to do it justice with a still camera.
There were three World War I fighters (a lot fewer than at the Blenheim airshow at Omaka). This next one is a replica of the Fokker D-8, the “flying razor”.
The famous Sopworth Camel was there (or rather, a replica):
and the Bristol Fighter:
For the photographers: I had a real problem. In order to get sharp images when using a long lens (the Nikon 300mm f4 AF-S) I find I have to use a very short shutter speed. But that also freezes the propellor. To get a nice round blur and the proper sensation of speed requires a much slower shutter speed. That takes a steadier hand than I have (or a more expensive, ‘VR’ type lens).