Saturday April 03, 2010
Source: ONE News
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw took to the skies in an Australian Air Force jet
Richie McCaw after his flight with Squadron Leader Adam Loong, the Executive Officer of Number 3 Squadron, RAAF in an F/A-18 Hornet, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, April 03, 2010.
All Black captain Richie McCaw made a special appearance at the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow on Saturday afternoon, as the co-pilot of a Royal Australian Air Force F18 fighter jet.
As the Hornet fighter made a low pass over the crowd, McCaw talked to spectators on the ground by means of a radio link.
The show's organiser, Roger Clark, says that inviting four Australian fighter jets was a coup and well worth all the groundwork.
About 80,000 people passed through the gates on Saturday. The show, described by organisers as the biggest in a decade, continues on Sunday. With more than 100,000 tickets sold, it's expected to inject at least $50 million into the local economy.
The show also included a Japanese Mitsubishi Zero fighter aircraft - the type used in the attack on Pearl Harbour and later for kamikaze operations. German 'wing-walker' Peggy Krainz gave performances over the weekend.
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