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28 March 2010

This weeks HAFU news is:

On The Wings of History - NEW HAFU BOOK

EVENT: Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010 - 2nd-4th April 2010

EVENT: Anzac Day World War 1 Airshow - 24th April 2010

HAFU On Facebook Page - A Social Experiment

EVENT: Wings Over Wairarapa - Updated Web Site

YouTube Video - Spitfire & Me.109

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We've had a full on time over the last couple of months preparing to release
our new book 'On The Wings Of History' -- those of you familiar with the two
Classic Fighters airshow books (2005 & 2007) that we previously produced will
be glad to hear that this latest one is a new book in the same format, of the
same high quality, but covering just the World War One aircraft of The Vintage
Aviator Collection over the past ten years. Over 90% of the more than 260
full colour photos in this new book have never been published before.

This has kept us pretty busy over the last little while, so we've not got a lot
more to report other than the fact that you can now find us on Facebook. Social
networking is all the rage, and here at HAFU we figure it's time we gave it a
go. While the HAFU website is obviously designed as a location from which you
can obtain the various commercial products we release, it's also designed as a
mechanism to keep our subscribers up to date with other relevant aviation news,
including our freely available photos and videos.

If you use Facebook on a regular basis, please visit the page and sign up as
a 'Fan' so that we know how many of you want to receive periodic news
updates via that mechanism as well. If plenty of you sign up then we'll update
the page with some more photos and videos, and it'll certainly be the place to
look for quick news snippets.

Other than that this weeks news reminds you of the two significant airshows
happeining here in New Zealand in April, and for those of you farther afield, also
mentions the 2011 Wings Over Wairarapa show, giving you plenty of time to
think ahead and make bookings to come to that show.

Regards,
Allan Udy & Alex Mitchell

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On The Wings of History - NEW HAFU BOOK $25 incl postage in NZ

CoverThis stunning new pictorial book catalogues and illustrates the development and growth of the incredible collection of full size World War One-era aircraft that The Vintage Aviator Ltd has maintained, built and operated throughout the first decade of the 21st Century.

This book is:

A5 in format/size
Full colour throughout
Bound, not stapled
116 pages long

and it contains over 260 high quality contemporary photos of 47 different World War One aircraft and colour schemes. Over 90% of the photos in this book have never been published before, and the book contains 55 full page (A5) photographs, one for each aircraft, plus a few extras. Click here for details and some sample page spreads.

All orders received before 24th April will be shipped with a FREE copy of the Classic Fighters 2007 Souvenir Edition book (worth $21) which includes another 350 high quality photos from that earlier event at Omaka Aerodrome.   


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Warbirds Over Wanaka 2010 - 2nd-4th April 2010

Well if you're not already booked to head to Wanaka this Easter for the next Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, then you're probably running out of time. As their blurb says:

"For three days over Easter, Lake Wanaka will become centre-stage for an extravaganza of aerial action that will delight both aviation buffs, families and those wanting a superb days entertainment. At Warbirds Over Wanaka you are so close to the continuous action you feel like you are in the pilot's seat. Find out more about the 2010 airshow."

This year they've got an original Japanese Zero, the Deere Spitfire, a female wingwalker from Germany, four visiting RAAF F-18 Hornets, and Yurgis Kairys is back.

Should be an intersting show, and we're looking forward to getting some awesome photos for you. Watch out for some on our Facebook page (more about that below).

 

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Anzac Day World War 1 Airshow - 24th April 2010

anzacOne of the last airshow displays of the 09/10 season will be the Anzac Day show being run at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton (New Zealand) on Saturday 24th April '10.

This is billed as "An afternoon of aerial dogfights & tactical displays, showcasing the fighters and reconnaissance aircraft of WW1"

This will be the third display day at Hood Aerodrome scheduled by The Vintage Aviator this season, and everyone hopes for a better day weather wise than the last two (flying was restricted during the first day in November, and cancelled outright in January).

The show will feature mock dogfights and handling displays with original WW1 aircraft, along with free vintage vehicle rides, food and beverage stalls and a full running commentary during the displays.

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Youth/Child: $10.00
  • Under 5 yrs: FREE
  • Family pass: $50.00
  • Gates Open: 12:00 pm
  • Vehicle Rides: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Airshow Display: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Click here for a map to Hood Aerodrome

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HAFU On Facebook Page - a Social Experiment

Social networking -- it's all the rage, and here at HAFU we figure it's time we gave it a go. While the HAFU website is obviously designed as a location from which you can obtain the various commercial products we release, it's also designed as a mechanism to keep our subscribers up to date with other relevant aviation news, including our freely available photos and videos.

To that extent you'll now find us on Facebook as well, at (click the link):

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Over the past twelve months or so, we've not been in a position to update the main HAFU site as often, or as quickly with temporary news as we'd like to be able to, and it seems that having a Facebook prescence will probably help us do that -- that is, we expect to be able to keep you more informed (e.g. with weather updates at events we're attending), in a more timely manner, via the Facebook page. In addition the Discussions feature of the page gives you the chance to give us some feedback, and even talk amongst yourselves.

And don't worry, we're not planning on turning the page into a regular 'tell-all' Blog - we'll leave that to the other writers who feel that it's important that you know who's been flying well, or how many hits they've been having on their other websites!

So, if you use Facebook on a regular basis, please visit the page and sign up as a 'Fan' and let us know how many of you want to receive periodic news updates via that mechanism as well.

At this stage there's not much on the page in terms of photo or video, but if there's a demand (i.e. if you sign up and let us know you're there), then we'll make a real effort to start putting material there -- especially as it's a bit easier to do it there, rather than here!

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Updated Wings Over Wairarapa Web Site

The team at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton are well advanced with plans for next years Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 airshow (21st- 23rd January 2011), and it looks like it'll be a cracker of a show which will include one or two new aircraft not seen before (or at least not for a large number of years)!

The airshow website has had a major revamp and update, so check it out and don't forget to sign up for the periodic email newsletters to keep abreast with news about the forthcoming show.

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This Weeks Other Video - Spitfire & Me.109

As we've been busy preparing the new book over the last couple of months, we've not had a great deal of spare time to deal with our archive of video footage so we've not got anything new to show just yet.

However we have recently seen some great footage on YouTube, and with that in mind what we're hoping to do periodically is point you in the direction of some other good 'Aviation Film' that's out here on the internet.

For a start here's some magic footage of an Me.109 and Spitfire IX flying at low level:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYLyrEsTZ60&NR=1

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