Spitfire at sunset

This Spitfire is expected to fly high in Tauranga skies on January 23 in the first of two Classics of the Sky afternoon airshows. Photo: Gavin Conroy from Classic Aircraft Photography.

What do classic aircraft and big trucks have in common? Not a lot usually, but visitors to Classics of the Sky - Spitfire at Sunset can expect to see both at the same event.

Organisers of Classics of the Sky – the Tauranga City Airshow – are excited about a new format for 2016.

Instead of hosting a two-day airshow during one weekend, for 2016 organisers feel it’s time for change.

There will now be two afternoon airshows – one in summer and one in autumn – and each will have an associated event or special attraction.

The first airshow is on Saturday, January 23, 2016, and the second airshow Saturday, March 19.

Described as “family picnic-type events”, the airshows are scheduled for mid-afternoon to evening, with static and flying displays, food stalls and children’s entertainment. Air displays will start late afternoon and continue until evening.

Each airshow also has a specific aviation theme. January 23’s theme is Spitfire at Sunset, with the closing air display expected to be a Spitfire.

There will be a mix of classic aircraft, sports aircraft, military aircraft and gliders, along with local NZ Police teams and other displays.

The Mount Truck Show will be held at the same venue on January 23 in association with the airshow.

Previously held at Baypark, the Mount Truck Show organisers were looking for a venue with more space at the same time as Classics of the Sky organisers were looking for an event to combine with.

For more information, see www.tcas.co.nz and Facebook pages for Classic Flyers NZ, Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow and The Mount Truck Show, email airshow@classicflyersnz.com or phone 07 572 4000.

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