Flying Programme Wings 2019

Bigs news - Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will appear at Wings!

To celebrate 20 years, Wings Over Wairarapa 2019 has been completely refreshed with more engaging, interactive and hands-on displays and demonstrations. A highlight of the show will be the New Zealand debut of a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, flying over the Saturday show at 2pm - unable to land at Hood Aertodrome because of its weight! The B-52 will not land in New Zealand and leaves straight away after the flyover to the Avalon Air Show in Australia. The B-52 is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered bomber operated by the United States Airforce, capable of carrying up to 32,000kg of weapons with a typical combat range of more than 14,080km! A very rare chance to see a military aircraft of this size and significance in New Zealand.

The Vintage Aviator Hood Aerodrome will feature prominently on both Saturday and Sunday. They house the largest collection of flying WWI aircraft in the world - many of which have not been seen outside Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. 

UK glider Team Airborne Pyrotechnics perform a routine on both days as well as being the headline act for Saturday Night's Show. Thousands of coloured LED lights are attached to their gliders and 4.5kg of pyrotechnics set-off from the wing tips as they fly, all while performing to music! A first of its kind show in NZ and not to be missed!

Civil, military and agricultural aircraft, gyrocopters and helicopters also feature.

A highlight of both shows will be a display by The Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons aerobatic team.

Bringing the kids? This year there'll be lots of ground side activities, perfect for children. Learn more here about the many inspiring and hands-on STEM activities this year. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to get up close with aircraft, emergency services displays, and enjoy delicious food, wine and market stalls.

Flying Programme

Friday 22 Feb
Gates open 12pm-5pm
Friday is a practice day and great opportunity to see behind the scenes in action. It’s a very relaxed day with easy parking and less crowds. Learn more here.

Saturday 23 Feb
Gates open 8am-10pm. Flying 2pm-9.30pm
See an extensive programme of ground entertainment before the air programme begins at 2pm. All Saturday passes include free entry to the Night Show. Learn more here.

Saturday Night
Gates open 6pm-10pm. Flying 6.30pm-9.30pm
Don’t miss night flying to music and pyrotechnics that has never been seen before in NZ! Bring your picnic to this fabulous family event. Learn more here.

Sunday 24 Feb
Gates open 8am-5pm. Flying 10.00am-4.30pm
Sunday is a great day to see Wings, with the same outstanding air programme as Saturday. The best day for out-of-towners to visit as flying starts and finishes earlier – you’ll have the kids back home early and ready for school the next day! It’s also easy to get to by train from Wellington. Learn more here.

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