Rare video footage found
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.
Warbirds Over Wanaka footage from the 90s.