Rare video footage found

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MARJORIE COOK

His­toric footage from two of the very ear­li­est War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Air­shows has been un­cov­ered and re­leased on DVD for the first time.

The footage from the 1992 and 1994 air­shows was shot by Tay­lor­made Pro­duc­tions in Dunedin.

There was a lim­ited re­lease at the time on VHS but it is be­lieved peo­ple have not been able to pur­chase the footage for 20 years.

War­birds Over Wanaka gen­eral man­ager Ed Tay­lor was de­lighted it had been found be­fore next year’s 30th year cel­e­bra­tion.

It was be­lieved ‘92 and ‘94 were the first two air­shows to have a ded­i­cated film crew.

Tay­lor said the 1992 ver­sion opened with footage of air­show founder Sir Tim Wal­lis fly­ing his MK XVI Spit­fire up close to Mt As­pir­ing and fea­tured a dog fight be­tween the Spit­fire and Ray and Mark Hanna’s Me-109.

The 1994 video cap­tured the work that goes into plan­ning the air­show, ‘‘in­clud­ing Sir Tim get­ting very ex­cited about some ideas he had for fly­ing dis­plays, ex­plo­sions and other acts’’. It also cap­tured the first ap­pear­ance of Sir Tim’s Mark XIV Spit­fire.

Plane spot­ters would love see­ing the air­craft while oth­ers would en­joy the per­son­al­i­ties and fash­ions of the time, Tay­lor said.

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War­birds Over Wanaka footage from the 90s.

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