Themes 1988 Onwards

Themes 1988 onwards

"First time I have been, loved it all. Jaw dropping flying."  Denise, 2016
1988 – Warbirds on Parade
1990 – No theme, featured two Spitfires, helicopter display and vintage tractors
1992 – Featured Messerschmidt ME 109
1994 – Sinking the Yamamoto
1996 – No theme, Messerschmitt Me 109 and Spitfire, Catalina, Mustang.
1998 – Red Star Rising – Russian WWII Aviation History. Polikarpov aircraft featured.
2000 – 60th Anniversary Battle of Britain – where Hurricane P3351 fought and flew.
2002 – Featured Wildcat and Sea Fury aircraft
2004 – Breitling Fighters
2006 – 10th Anniversary of aircraft from New Zealand, first appearance of the RAAF F1-11, first formation of Warhorses military vehicles and re-enactment.
2008 – Featured Jurgis Kairys and Caribou, 60th Anniversary of sponsor Landrover
2010 – Featured the Mitsubishi Zero – one of only three flying in the world
2012 – Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 75th Anniversary
2014 - Warbirds Over Wanaka's 25th Anniversary and WWI Commemoration. #GigatownWanaka Jet Race
2016 - Battle of Britain - Buchon ME 109 vs Spitfire. Catalina PBY. RNZAF, RAAF, USAF & French Air Forces.

2018 - Warbirds Over Wanaka's 30th Anniversary - USAF C-17 and F-16s, French Air Force, RAAF, RNZAF. Buchon ME 109, Trojan, Catalina.
2020 - Warbirds Over Wanaka's 17th Airshow cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. Stars of the Airshow were to be the Jet Racing, Polikarpov, RNZAF all types, the RAAF F/A-18s and the USAF B-52, to name a few.

2022 - Warbirds Over Wanaka's 17th Airshow - RNZAF 85th Anniversary celebrations. Polikarpov I-16 from Germany.