Warbirds over Wanaka part I – the oldies

Warbirds over Wanaka part I – the oldies

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.

Tiger Moth

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”.

Fokker D-8

Fokker D-8

The famous Sopworth Camel was there (or rather, a replica):

Sopworth Camel

and the Bristol Fighter:

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).

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