High in the skies

The BAC Strikemaster. Photo: Gavin Conroy.

The skies above Tauranga City Airport will reverberate with the sounds of fast jets and some of the fastest land-based vehicles in New Zealand at the second annual picnic-type Tauranga City Airshow this month.

The 2016 afternoon and evening family fun event was so successful organisers opted to hold the event annually.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 the headline aircraft are jets, including the BAC Strikemaster aircraft formerly flown by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

There will also be classic aircraft, sport aircraft, gliders and RC model aircraft expected – and the RNZAF plans to display one of the new T6C-Texan trainer aircraft, as well as the Seasprite helicopter and Hercules transport.

Fast land-based vehicles will be on static display all afternoon, with races of some of the world’s fastest production super motorbikes, dragsters and hotrods on the 1.8km runway. The 2017 Nissan GT-R 35 is also expected to be making an appearance.

Gates open at 1pm with tickets available in advance from www.eventfinda.co.nz or the gift shop at Classic Flyers. TECT cardholders can purchase tickets at discount rates through the gift shop only. TECT cards must be presented to gain the discount.

People are invited to bring their own picnic or purchase food and drink on-site. Classic Flyers will have a licensed bar and food tent available.

There is plenty of free parking available on-site, with public access on Seawind Lane which is off Jean Batten Drive.

For more information, visit: www.tcas.co.nz Email: airshow@classicflyersnz.com Or phone 07 5724000.

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