Barnstorming Wanaka chronicles our day flying a 1942 de Havilland Tigermoth through the Southern Alps in Wanaka, New Zealand. Pete and the crew at Classic Flights New Zealand became great friends of ours while we lived in Wanaka. A few days before we left Wanaka, he offered us an “Intro to type,” which, in pilot speak, is a lesson in learning a new type of plane. Each plane had different characteristics and every time a pilot gets into a new plane, they must learn those characteristics before they can solo. For example: In the Tigermoth, like in most antique, tandem seat airplanes, the pilot actually flies from the back seat. Also, a lot of Tigermoths never had brakes – including this one!
This became one of the best memories from our whole New Zealand adventure. I mean, does it get any better than learning to fly a classic, WWII airplane over the most stunning scenery in the world? This country never ceases to amaze and seeing it from the air of a bi-wing beauty is otherworldly.
This day was really about learning to fly the Tigermoth and learning New Zealand flight rules, so filming was not a first priority. However, when there was ample opportunity, I took out the camera and tried to capture as much as I could. I am just happy that any of it turned out and we have a video of how spectacular this day truly was.
For photos and more detail on this day please visit my website here
If ever in New Zealand, please also visit Pete and Classic Flights at the Wanaka Aerodrome – he offers scenic rides in the Tigermoth as well which does not require any pilot skill or knowledge
I’d also like to thank my good friend, Chris and his company, Wanaka Helicopters for helping us out while we lived in Wanaka. Be sure and check them out when in New Zealand
Begin the Beguine
We are the Sky
Canon 7D & T2i
Sigma 70-300mm F2.8
Tamron 17-55mm F2.8
Manfrotto heads and tripods