New Zealand Airshow Display Teams

Civil Display Teams

 

•  The New Zealand Warbirds Harvard Teams

•  The Wanganui Aero Works Team

•  Mustang and Venom Pair

•  Chinese Checkers Nanchang Team

•  The Yak 52 Team

•  The Polikarpov Team

•  The Fokker Triplane Team

  The Jetobatics Team

 

 

 

The New Zealand Warbirds Harvard Teams

As well known in airshow circles as the RNZAF's Red Checkers team are the various Harvard teams of the New Zealand Warbirds Association. Their Harvard displays began on a small scale but worked up over time to a full routine which emulated that of the Red Checkers during their Harvard days. Many of the pilots have previously flown with the RNZAF team, while others were or are purely civil pilots.

So first there was a two-ship team. It then became a three-ship, then a four-ship team, and eventually a five-ship display was worked up. They were known originally as The Warbirds Formation Aerobatic Team.

This main team, with a few member changes, took on the identity The Roaring Forties, the name being thought up by then Warbirds Secretary, the late 'Abe' Lincoln. The Roaring Forties referred both to the southern latitude lines of New Zealand, and more-so to the age of the pilots and the aircraft, both into their forties when the team formed.

Unlike the RNZAF Red Checkers team, the Roaring Forties displays have had to rely upon the availability of pilots who were mostly commercial flyers with airlines and the likes doing all the practices and displays in their spare time. So during a season the five-man team may have actually included many more different pilots as and when available.

Also for smaller events there was a separate team of three Harvards which was known as 'The Harvard Team' and later 'The A Team'.

So all these factors make it a challenge to attempt to document the teams accurately here, and unless I were to have the opportunity to access each and every pilot's logbook to notate every display date and venue of these teams, it's going to prove very difficult. So there are gaps, and there may well be some vagueness and perhaps inaccuracies here. If you can offer any firm facts to add to or correct the lists below, please contact me

Team member John Kelly however is able to clear up why for a short time the name The Roaring Forties was dropped, and then it returned to the team. he explains:

"Kerry Campbell was a member of the team at the time he was killed in the Fouga crash. The team at that time (known as the Roaring 40's) decided they would disband and move on to other aircraft, etc.

Frank Parker (a member of that team) decided that he would form a new team, originally training up Gavin Henderson and myself as 3 and 2 respectively before swapping us around. Frank also trained up Liz Needham who became 2 with Gavin moving to the solo slot.

During this time the team was known variously as the "Harvard Aerobatic Team" or "Warbirds Aerobatic Team" and other connotations depending upon the commentator.

That name was given by Frank as the original Roaring 40's was considered to be a five-ship team (of which we were 4) and Frank did not want to use the Roaring 40's name until he felt that we were performing to the standard of previous teams as a minimum.

I'm not sure when we were eventually again called the Roaring 40's but Brownie [Dave Brown] was introduced to the team as the soloist, Gavin stayed on for another couple of seasons before retiring and Rob Silich took his place.

We did a display at one of our open days as the "Harvard Aerobatic Team" and that evening were presented with our Roaring 40's patches by previous team members Gavin Trethewey and Peter Houghton, signalling their acceptance and approval.

From this time we are again the "Roaring 40's"

So there you have it... standards was the key!

Incidentally all the training Frank gave us was on his wing and 'try to hang on'. Gavin and I would nervously sit in the 2 and 3 slot waiting for the 'pull up' only to be left behind and looking at each other....its been quite humorous at times!

Since the current team was formed (and called the R40's) we have had a number of the old school filling in slots if someone is away. Peter Houghton, Gavin Trethewey and Gavin Henderson have all been back on a number of occasions and I always tell them there is no such thing as retirement in the R40's."

Here's a mini-menu to jump to the various stages of the Warbirds Association's Harvard teams.

The Warbirds Harvard Pair

The Warbirds Harvard Formation Aerobatic Team

The Roaring Forties

 Photo submitted courtesy of Ernie Thompson

Above: An early shot of the Warbird Harvard Aerobatic Formation Team. Ernie Thompson is piloting NZ1066 (ZK-ENE) at the right of shot, John Denton is flying NZ1098 (ZK-ENI) whilst Trevor Bland flies NZ1092 (ZK-WAR).

 

 

The Warbirds Harvard Pair

Display Dates
Venue
Pilots
Serial
Rego
15 Apr 1979
(Easter)
AACA Fly-in, Te Kowhai,
Hamilton

Phil Hewett

Ernie Thompson

NZ1075

NZ1066

ZK-ENI

ZK-ENE

1979

Trevor Bland

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENE


Notes:

Ernie Thompson recalls the New Zealand Warbirds Association's first air display with Harvards on the civil register:

"I was one of the pilots, the other was Phil Hewett, the then owner of NZ1075. At that stage Trevor Bland’s ZK-WAR was still at Wigram.

I might mention that Max Clear was none too pleased when these “noisy beasts” invaded his tranquil little haven of microlights and homebuilts."

Ernie also recalls the introduction of the Harvards into the New Zealand Warbirds Association:

"The history according to the Warbirds website is that I was the first owner member with a warbird Chipmunk ZK-ARL. In fact there was an original member of Warbirds who actually got a Harvard from the stores board, those at Ardmore all having failed to win a bid. He is none other than Derek Williams of Tauranga with NZ1091, so his is the first Harvard on strength, but not at Ardmore. He still has it.

Next came NZ1066 which Paul Leuch (not a Warbird member) bought from a successful group of Tauranga bidders. This was the first Harvard to fly at Ardmore since their sale to private owners. On December 1, 1978 Trevor Bland took me up for some circuits.

Then Phil Hewett purchased NZ1075 from Don Reidpath who exported several to Australia. Whilst Phil was a great Ardmore personality he didn’t join Warbirds.

An American company bought all the instructional airframes at Woodbourne. Trevor Bland arranged for me to buy INST175 which was NZ1082. It was complete in all aspects except the engine had been removed that was all they wanted the price was $1000, what a bargain with very low airframe hours.

I was approached soon after by Paul Leuch who offered me NZ1066. I grabbed his offer at $13,000. Consequently I was the first Warbirds member to have a Harvard at Ardmore.

I sold NZ1082 after owning for about three months to The Confederate Air Force at Dairy Flat. It is restored and airworthy now.

Also NZ1099 was purchased by Charles Darby and beautifully restored years later.

On Dec 23, 1978 I did 50 minutes in NZ1075 with Bryan Lockie who had taught me aerobatics in the Chipmunk. On December 27 I did my type rating in NZ1066 with Trevor Bland, with my total time on type of 3hrs 10mins.

On May 19, 1979 I flew NZ1066 with Bruce Coulter as pax to Mercer and met up with Trevor Bland and Stan Smith in NZ1092/ ZK WAR as they ferried it to Ardmore.

I had been operating off Ardmore for nearly five months by then."

 

Information from Ernie Thompson via email

 

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The Warbirds Harvard Formation Aerobatic Team

Display Dates
Venue
Pilots
Serial
Rego

 

17 Nov 1979

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New Plymouth

_______________________

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE

 

Notes:

Ernie Thompson describes the type of displays done by the team whilst he flew with it:

"These displays consisted a formation of three beginning with a series of loops in tight formation several low runs (50 feet) canopies to the crowd the solo would break away and do full show the remaining two would do line astern rolls and chandelles. The formation would group up and finish with low level buzz and break with the leader doing a looping break sometimes."

Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

6 Jan 1980

26 Jan 1980

20 Apr 1980

Whitianga

Te Kowhai

Ardmore

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE


Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

25 Jan 1981

7 Feb 1981

24 April 1981

Taupo

Pauanui

Rukuhia

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE


Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

14 Feb 1982

Gisborne

Trevor Bland

Brian Rhodes

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE

20 Feb 1982

27 Feb1982

5 Mar 1982

New Plymouth

Thames

Rukuhia

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE

 

Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

12 Mar 1983

26 Mar 1983

19 Nov 1983

New Plymouth

RNZAF Whenuapai

Tokoroa

Trevor Bland

Ross Ewing

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1078

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENG

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE

3 Dec 1983

Kerikeri

Ernie Thompson

Derek Williams

Brian J. Rhodes

NZ1066

NZ1091

NZ1098

ZK-ENE

ZK-ENC

ZK-ENJ

 

Notes:

Ross Ewing recalled:

"The Warbirds Harvard Formation Aerobatic team (later The Roaring Forties) has its origins on at an airshow at Whenuapai when a team led by Ernie Thompson, with Ross Ewing, Trevor Bland and John Denton on his wing, put on a display. John Denton also performed solo aerobatic manoeuvres. None of the aircraft had smoke generators fitted and one aircraft did not have a radio."

Ernie Thompson lead the team, and Ross Ewing flew at No. 2, with Trevor Bland at No. 3 and John Denton at No. 4 (and soloist).

Emails from Ross Ewing and Ernie Thompson

 

7 Jan 1984

Tauranga Truck Show

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ernie Thompson

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1066

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENE

8 Jan 1984

Tauranga
Six-ship formation Flyby then team aerobatics routine by Thompson, Bland, Denton and Ewing

Ernie Thompson

Trevor Bland

John Denton

Ross Ewing

Rodney Dahlberg

Bamford

NZ1066

NZ1092

NZ1098

NZ1078

NZ1096

NZ1033

ZK-ENE

ZK-WAR

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENG

ZK-END

ZK-SGQ

29 Jan 1984

Masterton Flypast by
six-ship followed by team aerobatics by Lanham, Thompson and Ewing

John Lanham

Ernie Thompson

Ross Ewing

Derek Williams

Brian Rhodes

Rex Brereton

NZ1033

NZ1066

NZ1078

NZ1091

NZ1098

NZ1076

ZK-SGQ

ZK-ENE

ZK-ENG

ZK-ENC

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENB

18 Feb 1984

RNZAF Base Ohakea

Ernie Thompson

John Lanham

Poulton

Keith Skilling

John Denton

NZ1066

NZ1033

NZ1065

NZ1098

NZ1092

ZK-ENE

ZK-SGQ

ZK-ENF

ZK-ENJ

ZK-WAR

 

Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

4 Mar 1985

Paraparaumu

Ernie Thompson

John Denton

Trevor Bland

John Lanham

NZ1066

NZ1098

NZ1092

NZ1033

ZK-ENE

ZK-ENJ

ZK-WAR

ZK-SGQ

 


Emails from Ernie Thompson

 

25th of Jan 1987

1st April 1987

4-5 April 1987

11-12 April 1987

RNZAF Whenuapai

RNZAF Wigram

RNZAF Ohakea

RNZAF Whenuapai

Ross Ewing

Keith Skilling

John Lamont

John Denton (solo)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes: Ross Ewing recalls:
"This team worked up in December 1986 and gave its first show at Whenuapai on 25 January. Then, in April 1987, it toured the country giving airshows in conjunction with the RNZAF's 50th Anniversary airshow celebrations. These displays were at Whenuapai, Ohakea and Christchurch.

This team was known as the NZ Warbirds Association Harvard Formation Aerobatic Team, and the name "The Roaring Forties" did not come about until that team disbanded."
 
Above: The 1987 Harvard formation aerobatic team, seen here at an airshow at Whenuapai early in 1987. The four (left to right) are: Keith Skilling, Ross Ewing, John Denton and John Lamont. Ross Ewing led this team, and John Denton was the No.4 solo man. Photo kindly submitted by Ross Ewing


Ross Ewing says, "This photo was taken during a display at Whenuapai in early 1987. Ross Ewing is leading in the yellow-coloured "Harvard 78" (ZK-ENG) and Keith Skilling and John Lamont are on his wing (not sure who's on which side). John Denton is behind and his aircraft "98" is sporting the small-sized chequers. The RNZAF went to larger-squared chequers, but I'm not sure when or why. Personally, I think the smaller ones looked better!"
Ross Ewing Photo
The reason of the change from smaller to larger chequers was two-fold, one the larger ones were easier to paint for the ground support staff, and two the larger chequers were easier to see form the ground by the audience.

Email from Ross Ewing

 

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The Roaring Forties

Date
Venue

Pilot

Position

Rego

12 Mar 1988
Airshow '88, Dairy Flat

Keith Skilling

John Denton

John Lamont

Robbie Booth

Steve Taylor

John Greenstreet

No. 1

No. ?

No. ?

No. ?

No. ?

No. ?

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Ross Ewing recalls how the new team name of The Roaring Forties came about:

"The name was dreamed up in the Warbirds bar one night by ex-RAF Avro Shackleton pilot "Abe" Lincoln.

A new Harvard team led by Keith Skilling was established and in his team were Robbie Booth, John Lamont, and Steve Taylor, with John Peterson flying the 5th aircraft as solo display pilot. At around this time another new member of the team, John Greenstreet, was killed in a crash following a mid-air collision during a display practice over the team's home base of Ardmore, Auckland."

John Greenstreet's accident occurred on the 25th of February 1990, in Harvard ZK-ENN (formerly NZ1025). John's brother Wayne Greenstreet has been in touch to say that John definitely performed several public airshow displays before his death.

Email from Ross Ewing

 

4 Mar 1990
_

14-16 Apr 1990
_

Warbirds Airshow,
Ardmore

Warbirds Over Wanaka
Luggate, Wanaka

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

John Denton

Jon Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENF

ZK-ENG

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENK

ZK-WAR

 

 

 

Jan 1991
_

1991

Walsh Memorial Flying School, Matamata

North Shore Aero Club
Open Day

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Robbie Booth

Jon Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENG

ZK-ENF

ZK-ENJ

ZK-ENK

ZK-WAR

October 1991
_

RAAF 70th Anniversary
Airshow, Richmond

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Robbie Booth

Jon Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

VH-

VH-

VH-

VH-

VH-

 
17-19 Apr 1992
Warbirds Over Wanaka

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Robbie Booth

Jon Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

20 Jan 1993
Waikato Aero Club 60th
Anniversary

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
1994

John Lamont

?

Robbie Booth

?

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

1-3 of April 1994
(Easter)
Warbirds Over Wanaka
Luggate, Wanaka

John Lamont

?

Ross Ewing

?

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

During the 1994 Wings Over Wanaka Airshow, Robbie Booth was not available to fly and so the No. 3 position in John Lamont's team. No. 3 was flown on both airshow days by Ross Ewing instead.

Ross Ewing also flew that year a debut performance in a Cessna O-1 Birddog, having also previously flown the solo debut at Wanaka of a civilian 2-seat T-35 Vampire jet (1992), and later (1996) debuted a civilian Catalina PBY-5A flying boat

Email from Ross Ewing

 

14-16 Apr 1995
_
Warbirds Fighter Meet, Hamilton

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Gavin Trethewey

John Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey Recalls:

"I got involved in 1995.  The team then was 1. John Lamont, 2. Steve Taylor, 3. me, 4. John Peterson and 5. Keith Skilling. That team stayed intact for all major shows till end of 98.  For minor shows we put up a three man team of 1. me, 2. Bill West and 3. Peter Houghton."

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

5-7 April 1996
Warbirds Over Wanaka,
Luggate, Wanaka

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Gavin Trethewey

John Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

March 1997
Omaka Airshow

Trevor Bland

Bill West

Gavin Trethewey

Peter Houghton

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

November 1997
Kerikeri Airshow

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Gavin Trethewey

John Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"I've just been in discussion with Pete Houghton and our joint records show that we had quite a number of changes in the team due unavailability in 1997.  Omaka in March for instance was Bland/West/Self/Houghton, and Keri Keri in November was Lamont/Taylor/Self/Peterson/Skilling again. That team stayed intact till after Wanaka 98."

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

 

10-12 Apr 1998
(Easter)
Warbirds Over Wanaka,
Luggate, Wanaka

John Lamont

Steve Taylor

Gavin Trethewey

John Peterson

Keith Skilling

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

----
--

Trevor Bland

Bill West

Peter Houghton

Gavin Trethewey

Keith Skilling
or
John Lamont

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5
or
No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-
_
_

 

Notes:

During this year, the same team as that of later 1997 remained in place till after the Wanaka airshow. It then changed, and the fifth man for displays alternated between Keith Skilling and John Lamont based on their availability.

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

1999

Keith Skilling
or
Trevor Bland

?

?

?

?

No. 1
_or
No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-
_
_

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey says that in:

"1999 some changes were made.  Keith Skilling and Trevor Bland both did some leading.  I don't have enough detail but between us all we will find it and get it to you."

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

21 -24 Apr 2000
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Gavin Trethewey

Kerry Campbell

Peter Houghton

Frank Parker

John Petersen

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"A new team formed in 2000.  I led it with no 2. Kerry Campbell, 3. Peter Houghton, 4. Frank Parker and 5. John Peterson.  

Jan 01 saw the new team with Kerry Campbell flying No. 2 and Frank Parker No. 4, with the number five man over the next three years either Peterson of Lanham. There are too many shows to tell you which of the No. 5s were performing at each one.

Over the next four years we alternated the number 5 man from time to time - John Peterson, John Lanham and Keith Skilling all  doing the job from time to time."

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

13-15 Apr 2001
Classic Fighters, Omaka

Gavin Trethewey

Kerry Campbell

Peter Houghton

Frank Parker

See Below

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"...we alternated the number 5 man from time to time - John Peterson, John Lanham and Keith Skilling all  doing the job from time to time." 

Email from Gavin Trethewey

29-31 Mar 2002
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Gavin Trethewey

Kerry Campbell

Peter Houghton

Frank Parker

See Below

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"...we alternated the number 5 man from time to time - John Peterson, John Lanham and Keith Skilling all  doing the job from time to time." 

Above: The 2002 Roaring Forties Harvard Team at Warbirds Over Wanaka. Left to right are: Frank Parker, Kerry Campbell, Gavin Trethewey, Peter Houghton and John Peterson. Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Trethewey

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

8-9 Mar 2003
Warbirds Airshow, Ardmore

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

 

 

18-20 Apr 2003
Classic Fighters, Omaka

Gavin Trethewey

Kerry Campbell

Peter Houghton

Frank Parker

See Below

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"...we alternated the number 5 man from time to time - John Peterson, John Lanham and Keith Skilling all  doing the job from time to time." 

 

Above: The 2003 Roaring Forties Harvard Team. Pictured are: Standing, left to right: Peter Houghton, Frank Parker, Gavin Trethewey and Kerry Campbell, with John Peterson kneeling. Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Trethewey

 

Above: The 2003 Roaring Forties Harvard Team with the 2003 Red Checkers team from the RNZAF, then lead by Jim Rankin. Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Trethewey

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

9-11 Apr 2004
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Gavin Trethewey

Kerry Campbell

Peter Houghton

Frank Parker

See Below

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Gavin Trethewey recalls:

"...we alternated the number 5 man from time to time - John Peterson, John Lanham and Keith Skilling all  doing the job from time to time.

The team was reduced to four aircraft just before the Taupo show in March 2004 when Kerry Campbell was killed in the Fouga crash. Wanaka 2004 we flew with only 4 aircraft. 

After that the team broke up and Frank Parker formed the current team which is led by Frank with No. 2. Liz Needham, No. 3, Gavin Henderson, No. 4, John Kelly, and No. 5 Rob Sillich.  Peter Houghton and myself have stood in on occasions when someone was unavailable." 

Email from Gavin Trethewey

 

25-27 Mar 2005

13th of Nov 2005

Classic Fighters, Omaka

Armistice in Cambridge

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

5th of Feb 2006
_

14-16 Apr 2006

12th of Nov 2006

SportAvex Airshow
Tauranga

Warbirds Over Wanaka

Armistice in Cambridge

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-TVI

ZK-ENF

ZK-MJN

ZK-JJA

 

3rd of Mar 2007

6-8 of Apr 2007

Whenuapai Open Day

Classic Fighters, Omaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
21-23 Mar 2008
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENF

ZK-TVI

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
10-12 Apr 2009
Classic Fighters, Omaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
2-4 Apr 2010
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Gavin Henderson

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
22-24 Apr 2011
Classic Fighters, Omaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Dave Brown

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENF

ZK-TVI

ZK-MJN

ZK-JJA

ZK-ENG

 

31 Mar 2012
_

6-8 Apr 2012

29 Sep 2012
_

9 Dec 2012
_

RNZF 75th Anniversary
Airshow, Ohakea

Warbirds Over Wanaka

Mosquito Spectacular,
Ardmore

Warbird Open Day, (Pearl
Harbor) Ardmore

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Dave Brown

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENF

ZK-TVI

ZK-MJN

ZK-JJA

ZK-ENG

 

18-20 Jan 2013
_

29-31 Mar 2013

Wings Over Wairarapa,
Masterton

Classic Fighters, Omaka

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Dave Brown

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-ENF

ZK-TVI

ZK-MJN

ZK-JJA

ZK-ENG

 
4 Jan 2014
_
Warbirds & Wheels,
Whitianga

Frank Parker

Liz Needham

Dave Brown

John Kelly

Rob Sillich

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
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The Wanganui Aero Works Team

 
_10 Mar 1991
_
Waikato Airshow '91,
Hamilton

Richmond Harding

Mike Harding

?

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
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The Mustang and Venom Pair

 
_4 Mar 1990
_
Warbirds Airshow,
Ardmore

Trevor Bland

John Denton

No. 1

No. 2

ZK-VEN

ZK-TAF

 
10 Mar 1991
_
Waikato Airshow '91,
Hamilton

Trevor Bland

John Denton

No. 1

No. 2

ZK-VEN

ZK-TAF

 
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The Chinese Checkers CJ-6 Nanchang Team

 
_9-11 Apr 2004
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Graeme Frew

Jason Hayes

Steve Petersen

Barry Stott

?

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-FRU

ZK-WOK

ZK-STP

ZK-CVI

ZK-OII

 
2005
 
9 Dec 2006
Christmas Wings, Omaka

Tim Sullivan

Dick Veale

Graeme Frew

Jay McIntyre

Steve Petersen

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-WOK

ZK-JOS

ZK-FRU

ZK-JQS

ZK-STP

 
6-8 Apr 2007
Classic Fighters, Omaka

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
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The Yak 52 Team

 
_

Sir Kenneth Hayr

Bill Rolfe

Garth Hogan

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
29-31 Mar 2002
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Paul "Huggie" Hughan

Garth Hogan

Bill Rolfe

Brian "BJ" Coppersmith

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

2004

2004
_

9-11 Apr 2004

Taupo Airshow

Wings Over Wairarapa, Masterton

Warbirds Over Wanaka

Paul "Huggie" Hughan

Brian "BJ" Coppersmith

Brett Emeny

Kevin Jane

John "JP" Parker

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK- ZAY

ZK-YNZ

ZK-YAK

ZK-YAC

ZK-TYS

 

Notes:

The Taupo Airshow was the team's first airshow and consisted of just two aircraft, flown by Paul Hughan and Brian Coppersmith, who were both ex-RNZAF pilots

Brett Emeny joined the team after seeing the Taupo display and getting an invitation to join

Kevin Jane then joined the team, followed by John Parker who became the soloist. All five were in the team by the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow. The same team flew at Wanaka in 2004 too.

Doug Batten and John Street joined the team as groundcrew and ferry pilots for the Wanaka show but did not display there with the team

New Zealand Aviation News Dec/Jan 2007

 

 

Easter 2005
Classic Fighters, Omaka

Paul "Huggie" Hughan

Brian "BJ" Coppersmith

Brett Emeny

Kevin Jane

John "JP" Parker

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK- ZAY

ZK-YNZ

ZK-YAK

ZK-YAC

ZK-TYS

 

Note:

Following the Omaka airshow, Doug Batten, Rick Grant, John Street and Peter Vause joined the team as additional flyers, and the now nine-ship team began working up towards the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow in 2006 with the larger team

New Zealand Aviation News Dec/Jan 2007

 

5 February 2006
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14-16 April 2006
_

December 2006
_

SportAvex, Tauranga
(Five ship)

Warbirds Over Wanaka
(Nine ship)

Christmas Wings, Omaka (Five ship)

Paul "Huggie" Hughan

Brian "BJ" Coppersmith

Brett Emeny

Kevin Jane

John "JP" Parker

Doug Batten

Rick Grant

John Street

Peter Vause

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9

ZK- ZAY

ZK-YNZ

ZK-YAK

ZK-YAC

ZK-TYS (s)

ZK-YAQ

ZK-KGB

ZK-LIZ

ZK-PTE

 

Note:

Faye Emeny, daughter of Brett Emeny, began training with the team in late 2006 too, in ZK-YAK

At Christmas Wings in December 2006, the Yak team did a formation flypast with the Harvard team. See some excellent photos of the Yak team at this event here

New Zealand Aviation News Dec/Jan 2007

 

Easter 2007
_
Classic Fighters, Omaka
(Seven Ship)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
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The Polikarpov Fighter Display Team

 
10-12 Apr 1998
Easter
Warbirds Over Wanaka
(Debut - Five Aircraft)

Mark Hanna

Stu Goldspink

Steve Taylor

Keith Skilling

Rex Dovey

'4'

'9'

'28'

'34'

'45'

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

Five aircraft flew at the Wanaka airshow in a display routine, but the Warbirds Over Wanaka 1998 official book lists eight different pilots as having flown at the show in these fighters. The three additional to those listed above are Ray Hanna, John Lamont (who apparently flew '9') and Tom Middleton.

Perhaps some were only doing training or familiarisation flights that weekend? Or perhaps the team rotated pilots on alternate days? It may also be that pilots changed from the display team routine to the mass airfield attack routine, where the likes of Ray and Mark Hanna would have been flying other fighters? Does anyone know what the situation was for sure?

Stu Goldspink says he flew Polikarpov ZK-JIN '9' once on Friday the 10th of April 1998, and twice each day on the 11th and 12th displaying at the airshow.

The five aircraft used in 1998's airshow at Wanaka were marked

The Engineering team for the Polikarpov Team at Wanaka for 1998 were Ray Mulqueen, Peter Brensell, Keith "Maddog" Dore, Matt Bailey, Geoff Morrison, Greg Parker, Greg Napper, Malcolm Brown, Ewan Fallow, Paul Jones and Dave Ives

Warbirds Over Wanaka 1998 Official DVD and Official Book (latter by Ian Brodie)

 

21-24 Apr 2000
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Tom Middleton:

Stu Goldspink:

John Lanham:

Keith Skilling

Steve Taylor

John Lamont

John Petersen

Rex Dovey

I-153 '16'

I-153 '10'

I-153 '75'

I-16

I-16

I-16

I-16

I-16

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Note:

Stu Goldspink says "I flew the I-153 "Chaika", and I-16 "Rata" at WOW 2000."

Info from pilot Stuart Goldspink

 

29-31 Mar 2002
Warbirds Over Wanaka

Stu Goldspink

Stu Goldspink

I-16 '9'

I-153 '75'

ZK-

ZK-

 
9-11 Apr 2004
Warbirds Over Wanaka
 
11-16 Apr 2006
Warbirds Over Wanaka

John Lanham

Stu Goldspink

John Petersen

I-153 "75"

I-153 '10'

I-16

 
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The Fokker Triplane Formation Team

This team is not actually an aerobatic display team as such, but they have to be one of the world's most unique formation display teams. They consist of full sized accurate replica Fokker DR.1 Triplanes which take off in formation, fly in various formations together, and then they break off and do battle with other WWI types. Nowhere else in the world since 1918 have so many Fokker Triplanes been seen in the air. they're such a fantastic formation group they have to be mentioned here.

 
18-20 Apr 2003
_
Classic Fighters,
Omaka

John Lanham

Jim Rankin

Pete Cochran

Paul Hughan

Gavin Trethewey

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 

Notes:

This airshow was the debut of a stunning team of five Fokker Triplane replicas from the Omaka Collection. This was the first time so many of the type had flown together since 1918.

 

25-27 Mar 05
Classic Fighters, Omaka

John Lanham

Gavin Trethewey

Paul Hughan

Jim Rankin

Pete Cochran

ZK-FOK

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

ZK-

 
5-8 April 07
Classic Fighters, Omaka

John Lanham

Scott McKenzie

Paul Hughan

Frank Parker

Gavin Trethewey

Jerry Chisum

Greg MacDonald

 

ZK-FOK

ZK-JOC

ZK-JOG

ZK-FOC

ZK-JOB

ZK-FOT

ZK-JOK

 

Notes:

This year there were seven aircraft flown together. On the evening of Thursday the 5th of April, six Fokker Triplanes were seen together in the air for the first time since 1918. On the next morning, Friday 6th of April 2007, all seven took off and flew together for the first time. They did two routines per day plus photo flights over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This year all seven aircraft were painted into accurate colour schemes of the famous Jasta 11 squadron, better known as Baron Manfred von Richtofen's Flying Circus, as they were on the 30th of April 1918.

Above I have listed the actual pilots, then the German WWI pilots that they represented at the show, plus the ZK-register of the Fokker Triplane wearing that scheme. I have not yet put ZK's to all the planes, the remaining being ZK-JOC, JOG, and JOK

The real pilot of the aircraft that Paul Hughan flew is unknown

John Lanham, Paul Hughan, Frank Parker and Gavin Trethewey were all ex-RNZAF pilots, while Scott McKenzie is a current RNZAF pilot who also flew the RNZAF Historic Flight's Harvard NZ1015 at the airshow.

Gavin Trethewey says about flying in the Fokker team:

"It certainly is a unique experience flying a big formation in the Triplane. It is very unstable so is quite hard work.  Smooth air is needed to keep good positioning, and if a bump throws you out of position you can easily lose sight behind one of the wings of the aeroplane you are formating on. Makes formating in any of the heavier stuff seem easy."

Thanks to Gavin Trethewey, Damon Edwards and Gavin Conroy their assistance with this Fokker Triplane team entry

The following photos of the team were kindly supplied by
Blenheim-based aviation photographer Gavin Conroy

Photo Copyright Gavin Conroy

Photo copyright Gavin Conroy 

Photo copyright Gavin Conroy 

Photo copyright Gavin Conroy

Photo copyright Gavin Conroy

 

 

2011
Classic Fighters, Omaka

John Lanham

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZK-FOK

ZK-JOC

ZK-JOG

ZK-FOC

ZK-JOB

ZK-FOT

ZK-JOK

 
2013
Classic Fighters, Omaka

John Lanham

 

 

 

 

 

ZK-FOK

ZK-JOC

ZK-JOG

ZK-FOC

ZK-JOB

ZK-FOT

ZK-JOK

 
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The Jetobatics Team

 
_18-20 Jan 2013
Wings Over
Wairarapa,
Masterton

John Lanham

Frank Parker

Peter Vause

Brett Emeny

Brian Currie

Dave Brown

Aerostar L-39

Aerostar L-39

Aerostar L-39

DH115 Vampire

DH115 Vampire

BAC Strikemaster

ZK-TCS

ZK-WLV

ZK-VLK

ZK-RVM

ZK-VAM

ZK-STR

 

Notes:

This unique team formed for this airshow, and performed perfect six-ship formation loops followed by a tail chance and solo, pair and three-ship passes. This display demonstrated the huge skill of the pilots, keeping such precise formation in three different types of jet, particularly in high wind on the Friday. A marvel to watch.

 

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