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Classic Fighters Special Edition 2001 DVD - NZ$20.00        

CF2001 DVDThis 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.

Special Edition Features: A bonus 15 minute segment entitled 'Flight Of The Bristol', which is not on the original VHSversion. This is the entire World War One 'Ground Theatre' scenario, viewed from the on-board cameras of the Bristol Fighter F2.b.

Narration: Please note that this disk does NOT contain the dual-audio feature that the other Classic Fighters DVDs contain. That is, this disk does not allow you to turn off the narration audio track.

This two hour DVD contains:

  • Sopwith Camel (air-to-air footage)
  • P-51 Mustang solo
  • Nanchang CJ-6 and Yak 52 pylon air race
  • Vintage aircraft including Ryan STM, Ryan PT22, de Havilland Dragon Rapide, de Havilland Chipmunk, Cessna L-19 BirdDog, de Havilland Tiger Moth
  • Beech 17 Staggerwing and de Havilland Devon
  • Yak-52 aerobatics ("Yakrobats")
  • WW1 Theatre with Sopwith Camel, Fokker Triplane, Bristol Fighter F2b (includes some air-to-air footage)
  • WW2 European Theatre with Spitfire Mk XVI, Hawker Hurricane IIa, P-51 Mustang, Messerschmitt Me-108 and Harvards
  • Spitfire and Hurricane solo
  • T-6 Harvard aerobatics ("Roaring Forties")
  • Consolidated PBY-5a Catalina flying boat
  • Cessna A37 Dragonfly
  • CT-4 AirTrainer aerobatics ("Red Checkers")
  • McDonnell Douglas A4 Skyhawk
  • de Havilland DH-115 Vampire
  • Fouga CM.170 Magister
  • CA-19 Boomerang solo
  • Curtis P-40 Kittyhawk solo
  • WW2 Pacific Theatre with Spitfire, Boomerang and Kittyhawk
  • Nanchang CJ-6 air-to-air
  • Bristol Fighter F2b flight during WW1 Scenario (BONUS MATERIAL)
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Classic Wings Magazine Vol 8 No.3

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.
- Alex
Received the video yesterday and watched it last night. All I can say is that it is BLOODY BRILLIANT. A credit to the team that put it together. Nice to see some aerial shots of Blenheim my old home town.
- Barry
Just a quick thank you for the copy of the airshow video. I haven't had so much fun watching telly since I watched Wellington's botched Ranfurly Shield challenge. It is one of the best airshow vids that I have seen. The World War 1 sequence was brilliant and it captured the Sopwith Camel perfectly - both in sight and sound. A really top effort by everyone.
- Alastair
I just wanted to tell you that I received my 2001 Airshow Video this afternoon. My wife and I have just finished watching it. She enjoyed the W.W. 1 action and I was very taken with the W.W. 2 aircraft, especially the Boomerang. And also the RNZAF A-4 Skyhawk , to bad they will not be around anymore. You did a very fine job and I will definitely order your 2003 video. Take Care and once again Good Job.
- Rick
Congratulations on your Classic Fighters Marlb video. It's the best airshow video I've seen & shows off the old home town to advantage. Many thanks for the prompt attention to our order & we will look forward to the next one.
- Mike


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