Air­bus for 80th pageant

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

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.

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