NZ Warbirds - Battle Of Britain Airshow - Ardmore 18th Sept 2011

After a wet blustery morning, the rain and clouds eventually broke up enough in the afternoon to allow the NZ Warbirds Association to host there annual Battle Of Britain airshow at Ardmore on Sunday 18th September 2011. Once again my good friend Chris Rarere and I had organised to attend the day and check out the static and flying displays.

The NZ Warbirds Association is operated as a Trust here in New Zealand and they maintain a number of ex-miitary aircraft in flying condition. In addition they also have a number of static model/diorama displays in their hangar and run a fairly extensive library of aviation books and documents.

The photo's below are from the day but you can also check out the NZ Warbirds at their website.

The usual array of aircraft were lined up along the flight line including this P40 which was one of two on display.

Also on display was this Aero L-39. This aircraft is a very tidy example of the versatile Czech trainer.

And of course the P51 was there.

The two seat Spitfire also made it out even though the weather wasn't overly conducive.

This ex RNZAF Strikemaster unfortunately did not make a flight on the day as it had problems with it engine.

Although not a warbird, this Pitts S18 owned and built by John Eaton, performed as the first display of the day.
This aircraft is absolutely immaculate and is a credit to John's skills.

The light conditions on the day made it awkward to take many in flight photo's but the few I did take included the L39.

The P51 gave a lively display which started with this great high speed pass down the field.

Sadly the Strikemaster was towed away back to its hanger after it had engine problems.

The Spitfire made its display and afterwards Chris and I decided to call it day.
All in all a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon even if the weather was less than cooperative.