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US Air Force attending NZ celebration

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons and a C-17 Globemaster III from the US Air Force will put on a jaw-dropping display in New Zealand next year, while a KC-135 Stratotanker from the US will on the ground as a static display.

They're taking part in the Royal New Zealand Air Force's 80th anniversary, a highlight of which will be an Air Tattoo on February 25 and 26 at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

The Royal Australian Air Force is sending three F-18 Hornets, a C-17 and a C-27.

Other confirmed militaries are the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Confirmation of what other aircraft will be attending is expected in the new year.

The newly-formed RNZAF Black Falcons team will also be delivering a spectacular display after their first appearance at the Wings Over Wairarapa show the week before.

"It's a sign of the mutual respect we share with the Australian and US militaries that they're looking to send some significant air power assets here to help commemorate this important commemorative milestone with us," said Ohakea Base Commander Group Captain Nick Olney.

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