Classic fighters take off
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.