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This disk highlights the inaugrual Classic Fighters Marlborough airshow held at Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim, New Zealand at Easter 2001.
Having run several very successful warbird 'fly-in's in previous years (1997 and 1999), the crew at Omaka decided that the next logical step was to create and run a full-blown airshow. The result, seen here on this DVD, was an airshow that stunned visitors with it's range of aircraft not seen before, and the impressive ground thattre reenactments, which had not been previously seen in New Zealand.
Classic Fighters Airshow - The Official Video
The long awaited video is out after months in production and those who attended this hugely successful event won't be disappointed. The coverage is comprehensive, commencing with an orientation of Marlborough, then some history of Omaka Aerodrome. There follows some 96 minutes of pure airshow coverage dealing with everything from the WW1 dogfights to the jets.
The WW1 sequence is particularly enjoyable, with air to airs of the Camel and gunner's view point from the Bristol Fighter.
The WWII sequences likewise are action-packed covering the visiting Boomerang, shark mouthed Spitfire and Mustangs to the full size Panther tank! Everything in between is well covered, including the Catalina, Yak/Nanchang race, Harvard aerobatics, vintage aircraft etc., culminating in the final flypast of 18 warbirds. A short bonus at the end involves the film crew going for a late afternoon flight in two Nanchangs
The production is well filmed and well edited with very good narration. The bulk of the filming is very professional although the occasional 'back-up' views using less sophisticated cameras do produce some distracting propeller strobing. Other than that, the video is excellent and highly recommended whether you attended and want to have the ultimate record, or you want to know what you missed. Either way, you'll certainly want to attend Classic Fighters 2003!
Available for NZ$42.95, or for the rest of the world US$24.50 incl P&P from Classic Fighters Airshow Video, P.O. Box 590, Blenheim, 7301, New Zealand. Fax: (03) 57 88227 or order via the website www.classicfighters.co.nz
New Zealand Aviation News November 2001 (pg 17)
Classic Fighters 2001
A local Blenheim production recording the inaugrual Classic Fighters Marlborough Airshow which was held at Omaka Aerodrome during Easter 2001.
The video features a number of aircraft not seen before at New Zealand airshows as well as the regular show aircraft which have thrilled spectators and aviation enthusiats and offers a number of air to air sequences plus further sequences with aircraft mounted cameras.
Featuring the whole gamut of aircraft performing at the show the production could well have included some thumbnail interviews of display pilots and their aircraft. A few carefully chosen questions to elicit responses as to the handling characteristics of the aircraft would have offered further variety to the production and hopefully this can be incorporated for the next event.For those who were unable to attend the show, the video offers a record of what is intended to be a regular bi-annual event. Of particular interest are the World War One fighters - the Sopwith Camel and Bristol Fighter not seen in New Zealand previously and the rare appearance of the Commonwealth Aircraft factory Boomerang from Australia.
Sales of the video benefit the New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust, an organisation based at Omaka.
Pacific Wings Dec 2001/January 2002 (pg 11)
Classic Fighters Marlborough 2001
The official video of the inaugrual Classic Fighters Airshow held on the grass runways of Omaka aerodrome, Blenheim, Easter 2001. Nearly 100 minutes of airshow action. An accurate record of the various aircraft types that participated and as always there are airshow first and last appearances. A first for the Commonwealth Boomerang and a farewell to the RNZAF Skyhawk. This video is worth getting for such events alone.
The images are sharp although the strobing effect slowing the propellors does distract from some footage. The World War One and World War Two set pieces were marvellous.
If you went to Classic Fighters you will find this video has captured the essence of the airshow. If you didn't go then there is plenty to surprise and enjoy.
Windsock International Journal First issue 2002 (pg 6)
Classic Fighters Marlborough 2001
This fabulous record of a newly-establish airshow contains a wide variety of WW1 and WWII warbirds on the ground, and in the air, with a stunning scenic backdrop.
As well as many rare types, mostly never seen on the UK circuit, such as the CA 19 Boomerang, Nanchang CJ-6 and CT-4, there are also some great WW1 sequences.These include air-to-air footage of a Sopwith Camel, plus an excellent set-piece featuring the Camel, Fokker DR.1 and Bristol Fighter replicas.
Over 20 minutes of WW1 flying includes more air-to-air, plus dogfights, sstrafing runs - even ground troops and a mock-up running Mark IV tank!
Plenty of action throughout then, and lots of lovely hevay metal - Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes and much more.
The video can also be ordered, and a trailer downloaded, from the Classic Fighters web site at www.classicfighters.co.nz.
Some Personal Email and Correspondence
Well, we watched the tape and loved it. It would be the best airshow tape I have ever seen. It felt like you were back at the airshow (which is what the tape is meant to be like). Also not much music. I really hate the way music is used when there is no narration and you can't hear the planes. We thought the way you used the music was well thought out and added atmosphere. The tape is great.
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