Warbirds seek volunteers

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If you are interested in aviation, volunteering at Warbirds Over Wanaka next Easter may be just the opportunity you are looking for.

The show needs 250 to 350 volunteers to help over Easter weekend, Warbirds Over Wanaka event manager Mandy Deans said.

In addition to volunteers, local service groups and sports clubs also assisted with the air show, she said.

In past years, 75% of volunteers had previously helped at the show.

Volunteers were rostered so that they saw most of the show over the three days.

“We look after them pretty well,” she said.

“We couldn’t do it without volunteers.”

The positive experience volunteers had kept them coming back.

Preparations for the show were going well and “there will be a big announcement” about an overseas aircraft in coming weeks.

The event’s ability “to deliver” drew people from around the world and pre-sales began more than a year before the next show and before any attractions were announced.

“We have an international reputation. Visitors come from Australia, Great Britain, the United States and Asia,” she said.

So far, Warbirds Over Wanaka has announced the participation of the French Air Force and a top gliding attraction from 2012 that will return at next year’s show.

It was hoped the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and perhaps the United States Air Force would also attend, she said.

The event has also announced the inclusion of 50 Packard cars from around New Zealand, the United States and Australia.