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Auckland air show off to flying start

Saturday 26 Jan 2013 5:32 p.m.

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Auckland has a new anniversary weekend event, with the first New Zealand International Air Show being held over three days at the North Shore Aerodrome.

Stunt couple Melissa and Rex Pemberton opened the show with a small-scale version of their wing suit and aerobatic display.

They started from just over 4000 feet – about a third of their usual altitude because of the low cloud.

Then came the first air races – a new type of event that sees pilots racing each other side-by-side instead of using time trials.

This is the air show's first year, and organisers say it's the first in the world to use live video feeds of the whole event.

The clouds cleared up enough for the biggest star of the show, Yves Rossy from Switzerland, known as Jetman, to show off his unique style of flight.

Rossy designed and built his jetpack over two decades, and this is the first time he's flown it here.

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