Fighter jets and vintage aircraft make for wonderful air show

30 March 2012

It will be a spectacular show to mark 75 years of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) tomorrow with aircraft from five international Air Forces taking to the skies.

Major international Air Forces including the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, United States Air Force, and United States Marine Corps will take part in fantastic flying and ground displays at Ohakea Air Base.

The RNZAF's full complement of military aircraft will be on show to the public for the first time since 2009, including its latest fixed and rotary wing aircraft. A stunning range of civilian and vintage aircraft, including Spitfires and a Mustang will also be present to help mark 75 years of the RNZAF.

It’s not often that all of the RNZAF’s aircraft are on show, so it’s a great opportunity to take a closer look and see the aircraft in action in the skies over Ohakea.

Together with the aircraft on display from other countries, it will make for a great family day out. 

Gates open to the public at 8.00am on Saturday 31 March 2012, with displays beginning at 9.00am.  In the event of bad weather, the show will take place on Sunday 1 April 2012.

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75th Anniversary

April 2012 marks 75 years of service to New Zealand for the Air Force as an independent armed service. An Act of Parliament in 1937 separated the RNZAF from the Army and, by the end of WWII, the new service had become a large and effective air arm. By the actions of its men and women throughout the world war, and in many conflicts and operations since, our Air Force has created a rich history, in which all New Zealanders can take pride. 

While the Air Force becomes a modern 21st century Air Force with the introduction of new aircraft fleets, 75 years provides the milestone for New Zealand to celebrate the RNZAF’s proud heritage and culture and showcase the work our Air Force has done and the  role our airmen and women play in this country and the region.

Just as it has met the challenges of the past 75 years, New Zealand’s Air Force today is well equipped to meet the challenges of the coming decades.

This page was last reviewed on 29 March 2012.