17 October 2016
Tickets for the highly anticipated Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 80th Anniversary Air Tattoo go on sale tomorrow at midday.
The 2017 Air Tattoo, on 25 and 26 February at RNZAF Base Ohakea, will showcase the RNZAF’s latest air capability, alongside long-serving favourites and guest aircraft from international militaries.
The newly formed Black Falcons aerobatics team will also take to the skies to thrill the crowd.
Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Commodore Mark Brunton, said this was a rare opportunity for the public to get up close to its Air Force and he hoped people would take the opportunity to come and see it in action.
“We want this to be a great day out for everyone and we are excited to be able to show off our Air Force to the public during our 80th anniversary year, so people can see the valuable job we do and meet the highly trained people who do it,” AIRCDRE Brunton said.
With the 75th anniversary air show in 2012 drawing such a large crowd it has been decided to offer a two-day event to cater for the large number of people expected.
RNZAF Base Ohakea Commander Group Captain Nick Olney said to address some of the traffic-management issues from the previous event tickets would be limited, there would be no gate sales, and park-and-ride options would be available.
“We’re looking forward to hosting a huge crowd here and a lot of planning is going in to the event to help everyone who attends have a great time,” GPCAPT Olney said.
Tickets are available from Ticketek: Adults $35, Children 5-16 $10, younger than 5 free.