Airbus for 80th pageant
An Airbus from the Royal Air Force has joined the lineup of aircraft to be displayed at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 75th anniversary Air Tattoo.
The New Zealand Defence Force has confirmed an Airbus A400M Atlas will join the event, held on Saturday and Sunday.
The aircraft is being sent over from the United Kingdom, a Royal Air Force spokesman said.
‘‘We intend to send an A400M Atlas aircraft to take part in the static display... barring any shortnotice operational requirements or unforeseen circumstances,’’ the spokesman said.
They were delighted to be involved in the event.
Ohakea Air Force base commander Group Captain Nick Olney said the addition would thrill aircraft enthusiasts around the country.
‘‘It is great to have this last piece of the puzzle confirmed for our air show.
‘‘We are very pleased to have the RAF share this fabulous event with us.
‘‘We know the A400M Atlas will be a very popular aircraft with the public and our own air force personnel.’’
Eighty-four other aircraft will be at the air tattoo.
Confirmed militaries taking part include the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the New Caledonia Armed Forces, the US Air Force and the Japan Air SelfDefense Force.
‘‘We will also have all the RNZAF aircraft out to show to the public and give demonstrations.
‘‘It’s going to be an actionpacked air show to celebrate our 80th anniversary,’’ Olney said.
He said people needed to be aware they could not buy tickets at the gate on the day of the show, so they should get in early.
Tickets are limited and are on sale through Ticketek.
The pre-sales idea was to avoid the gridlock on State Highway 3 that occurred when 70,000 people flocked to watch the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 75th anniversary show in 2012.