First of all I would like to give a huge thanks to PitRat Racing for making us feel like part of the team for the day, both the highs and the lows. Just by hanging around with you for the day, I learned a lot about photographing this high octane sport, the nuances and the opportunities. I hope you enjoy the images and would love to do it again.
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Continuing our feature of the aircraft that flew in the Brebner Print Memorial Flying Displays at the Art Deco weekend in Napier, here is the North American AT-6C Harvard IIA, known as NZ1053. Powered by a P & W R-1340-AN-1 Wasp engine, this classic soars through the air with grace. Initially used as an advanced trainer during World War Two, this classic has been wowing the crowds for decades.
Over the weekend a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 aircraft conducted low-level navigation training in New Zealand. This included a stop at Ohakea Air Base. In the beautiful summer sunshine, as big planes often cause, people gathered to watch. As it began to depart, two young boys borrowed our step ladders for a moment, peering at the large aircraft through a hand held telescope. Soon enough the jets began to wind up, and the plane gathered speed. Camera's clicked and excited boys squealed with delight, as the big four engined jet climbed into the Manawatu skies.
The second plane we will feature from the flying displays at the art deco weekend in Napier, is the 1943 North American AT-6C Harvard IIA NZ1057. On the Saturday we photographed the display, NZ1057 performed a lot of the solo elements of the display, drawing ooh's and ahh's from the crowds below. All the while that trademark growl of the engine filled the sky as the planes powered through the air.