Clas­sic fight­ers take off

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - OLIVER LEWIS

Marl­bor­ough’s big­gest week­end of avi­a­tion ac­tion is here, and while air­planes may be the star of the show there is plenty more for vis­i­tors to the re­gion to ex­plore.

About 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to flock through the gates for the Yealands Clas­sic Fight­ers 2017 Air­show – roughly the same as the pop­u­la­tion of Blen­heim.

The bi­en­nial fes­ti­val, started as a fundraiser for the Omaka Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre, has mor­phed into the big­gest event the re­gion has to of­fer.

This year the air­show has the theme ’Rac­ing Through Time’ in homage to the rapid leaps and bounds in avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy in the 20th cen­tury, driven by con­flict and rac­ing.

Air­show direc­tor Gra­ham Or­phan says it took more than two years of plan­ning and about 200 vol­un­teers to get the three-day show, which starts on Fri­day, ready.

More than 100 air­planes span­ning a cen­tury of flights, races, mock bat­tles, fire­works and ground dis­plays will have spec­ta­tors on the edge of their seat, Gra­ham says.

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