The Royal New Zealand Air Force has announced its first display for Warbirds Over Wānaka 2020 recently, and aircraft enthusiasts are getting their binoculars at the ready. The five-ship Black Falcons aerobatic team will be back to wow the crowds next Easter, taking the WOW programme to new heights.
The Black Falcons team formed in 2015 when the RNZAF took delivery of its new Texan T-6C trainer aircraft. Since then, the team have been flying at Warbirds over Wānaka since and have been working up a new routine to be performed next year.
Other RNZAF aircraft, including bigger aircraft and helicopters, are expected to be confirmed for WOW in the coming months. The RNZAF also plays a pivotal role in helping host visiting air forces from around the region such as the USAF and RAAF.
Warbirds Over Wānaka general manager Ed Taylor said that they are always grateful for the terrific support they receive from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, “they have been incredibly supportive of our event from the very first airshow back in 1988. While it’s a great opportunity for them to show off their capabilities, it is also a big logistical exercise getting all the aircraft and crew to Wānaka so we are very appreciative of everything they do.”
The Warbirds Over Wānaka International Airshow is being held at Wānaka Airport on April 10-12, 2020.