As much as I'd like to be going, with the wife 7 months pregnant and quite sick I can't really justify leaving her on her own with my daughter for 2-3 days. Admittedly I have seen most of the aircraft flying before but would still have been nice to see them again. As long as everyone gets heaps of photos will be good.
Just in case you were not aware, to make things different as to what happened 5 years ago...tickets to the Tattoo is only available via Ticketek, and no tickets will be sold at the gate to the base. Also you won't be allow to park on base unless you have bought a car park ticket which has sold out for Saturday I believe. But there will be free shuttles (buses) to base from two points. One is Manfeild Park in Feilding, and I think the other one is in Bulls, the Polo club?
So if you are coming in from the South, best bet is to go to Feilding as the shuttles will have their own lanes to the Tattoo (my understanding, could be wrong), and from the North, go to Bulls. It was also mentioned that if tickets are still available that you could buy them before boarding a shuttle.
Gates open at am and flying display starts later.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
I'm doing the Saturday as well. Fingers crossed for blue sky's. I should follow up about parking as they said media would have an allocated area but they haven't sent me a pass or anything to get to it.....
I remember the A400 when it was just a concept, I was working for the MoD at the time and I remember seeing it at the Army/Navy show in the UK (around 97 I think this was) and they had a mock layout of the interior, what made it special is that the wheels are on the outside which increased the size of the payload compared to the C-130's, it was unique at the time.
Goes to show how long it takes to design and build these things, how long have they been in production now?
I went to the show on Saturday and ended up taking around 800pix, mainly walkaround stuff. I was particularly pleased that the RNZAF had a T-6C on static display that I could photograph as I have the Isracast 1-48 T-6A/B/C kit and have been very curious to understand the differences in the three variants. At least I'll be able to do a pretty accurate comparison now on with the kit versus the RNZAF aircraft now. The static display aircraft had the canopy closed and the front bang seat out of the aircraft but I was still able to get some reasonable shots inside the interior from the viewing platform alongside. There were an additional nine Texan II's flying on Saturday.
I took the opportunity to go aboard the A400M as well. It's noticeably bigger than the Herc inside and it'll be interesting to see what aircraft the RNZAF and Government decide to purchase to eventually replace the Herc.
I guess the exciting news was that Singapore has asked to base its F-15SG's at Ohakea in the future. The RNZAF is very receptive to this and the matter will go to Government to work through. Hopefully that works out and we can see the F-15s exercising around NZ in the future.