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Black Falcons join line-up for Classics of the Sky

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Black Falcons aerobatic team will perform at the Tauranga City Air Show for the first time on Saturday, January 20.

Classic Flyers marketing manager Amy Scott says the Beech Texan T6Cs have never displayed as a team in Tauranga before and the team’s inclusion “is a real privilege.”

Among the line-up of ex-military and aerobatic aircraft will be another crowd favourite; the ‘Roaring Forties’ Harvard aerobatic team, and Dave Philips will be back for yet another of his spectacular Tiger Moth displays.

Steve Geard and Doug Brooker of international aerobatic fame will impress with their specialist aerobatic aircraft.

There will also be a chance to watch the military crew display tanks, guns and tracked vehicles and hear the sound of big bangs as the show unfolds.

Classic Flyers has also acquired yet another Grumman Avenger restoration project to be rebuilt alongside the current Avenger exhibit from Gisborne. Joining them will be Brendan Deere’s Avenger from Ohakea so this is the first time the three Avengers have been together since the 1950s.

Joining the Avengers on the day will be other Classic Flyers static and operational exhibits.

The Classics of the Sky air show is on Saturday, January 20 with gates open at 1.30pm and the air show starting at 3pm.

Tickets are available from and from the gift shop at Classic Flyers. Gate sales are available on the day.

For more information visit: email: or phone: 07 572 4000.

The Weekend Sun has one double pass (two adults) and one family pass (two adults plus three children) to the Classics of the Sky – Tauranga City Air Show to give away to two lucky readers with your preference for double pass or family pass. 

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