Action in the air + pics and video

It was all action in the sky in Tauranga today as vintage aircraft thrilled thousands at the Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow.

Thousands turned out at Tauranga Airport today for the practise day of the two-day show.

Airshow organiser Andrew Gormlie says it has been a perfect start to the bi-annual Auckland Anniversary weekend event.

“It’s been great weather and a great first day. The planes are behaving well and we are happy with the crowds – everything is going as schedule.”

About one third of tomorrow’s 60 aircraft took to the sky today including the classic WW1 aircraft, Roaring 40s display teams, Spitfire, Mustang and this afternoon the thunderously loud Corsair.

“The police dog teams did a great job this morning, the jets are always great and the Dragonfly put on a display.”

This year’s layout has also been changed to allow spectators closer viewing of the aircraft and runway.

Andrew says organisers are expecting more than 10,000 spectators for tomorrow’s event, with the weather looking good in the morning and schedule in place.

“Absolutely all ready for tomorrow. Get through the gates early, get a good viewing spot and get ready for the action.”

Plenty of action is also happening on the ground where there are trade stalls, rides, food and drink outlets and static displays.

Get your tickets online before you arrive to save money and time – or go straight to eventfinda. Gate sales – eftpos, credit card and cash sales available (gates open 7.30am for 10am start).

SunLive photographer Bruce Barnard was on site to capture all of the dips, dives and barrel rolls.

Check out a selection of today’s performances below. Video by Daniel Hines.


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