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A three-ship display of Trojans has been confirmed for the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow in April next year.

It will be the first opportunity for a New Zealand airshow to display three of the North American T-28 Trojan aircraft, which were used as military trainers in the 1950s.

New Plymouth-based pilots Brett Emeny and Peter Vause intended to debut a Trojan pair display at the 2020 Wanaka Airshow before Covid-19 intervened.

Next year, they will be joined by Dave Brown at the controls of Brian Hall’s T-28G from Christchurch.

Warbirds Over Wanaka general manager Ed Taylor said it had been a big disappointment not to see the Trojans last year, but the three-ship display would make up for it.

2018 airshow, after a 14-year absence, and it was a real hit with Warbirds fans.

“It’s a big aircraft and it’s also very noisy, which people love.

“Having three of these great machines in the air at once will be special,

Mr Emeny has owned his Trojan for several years, while Mr Vause bought his aircraft a couple of years ago. Both are painted in the same US Navy colour scheme.

Mr Hall’s Trojan underwent a 16,000-hour restoration in the United States.