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nuuumannn

New Zealand Warbirds Hangars, 4 February

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Hi Guys, whilst up in Auckland to see the Foo Fighters in concert I went to the NZ Warbirds hangars at Ardmore Airport. Good collection facing expansion to include a dedicated Great War collection.

 

40067413322_b2672545ff_o.jpgBalcony 1

 

39201143065_3d1a43d77c_o.jpgBalcony 2

 

28319574539_6d0ac8848e_o.jpgNZ6209 3

 

26225967998_de54b31a3a_o.jpgGas Turbine 3

 

40067415012_336c77388d_o.jpgA94-922 10

 

26225988258_9f4188ea88_o.jpgMessenger 5

 

39201253955_8bf6fd5c20_o.jpgZK-DPP

 

39388531854_2658631b37_o.jpgB.E.2c 4

 

28319572839_9117b44ccb_o.jpgTriplane

 

39201241275_f5bf03b5c9_o.jpgZK-APT 2

 

Link to more here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/sets/72157693076315555/with/39201253955/

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Lovely photos ... thanks

The blue disc on the Avon Sabre's Roo Roundel is a bit on the thin side, however that line-up would make a very impressve modelling cabinet shelf.

 

Cheers and (another) good reason to get over to Kiwiland after a twenty year break... Dave  

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Those pics have whet my desire and appetite  to definitely call in when I go down that way next year!!:D

 

Shame about the dogy roundel on the Sabre and even more so to the underwing roundels on the Messenger. But a very nice looking collection   and a Beaver too!

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Lovely....coincidently I was with my dad and he was amazed on how well the Harvards were preserved......as he did his flying training and instructor course on them ......with the RNZAF....fifty over years ago.

 

nice pics and a wonderful collection

 

rgds n thanks for sharing

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Thats a very fine gathering of old birds :).

 

Martin

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Thanks guys.

16 hours ago, Paul J said:

Shame about the dogy roundel on the Sabre

I'm sure they've had that pointed out to them. The Sabre is far from finished; you'll note it has PNG roundels on the wings and is missing elevators. The Messenger was painted in its current markings whilst in Australia as VH-BJH.

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I'm going to be throwing more photos from various visits to Ardmore over the past two years, including shots of Mosquito TV959 when it lived for a very brief time in the NZ Warbirds hangar before going to the States.

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Lovely collection! Thanks for sharing. 

 

If I might put in a plug for other kiwi museums- In my view the following are ‘must see’ for any aviation enthusiasts visiting NZ.

 

- Omaka WW1 aviation museum in Blenheim 

 

- RNZAF museum, Wigram Christchurch. Take up their ‘cockpit tour’ deal and definitely spend some dollars to see their reserve collection and restoration area.

 

- Ashburton aviation museum Ashburton (about 80km south of Christchurch) 

 

IMHO these are all excellent museums.

 

 

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Big +1 for Omaka. Peter Jackson and Weta have produced the most awesome WW1 museum that I have ever seen.

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Peter Jackson and Weta have produced the most awesome WW1 museum that I have ever seen.

 

Oh, definitely. Let's not forget MoTaT and way down south the Croydon Aircraft Company at Old Mandeville.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157690538805966

 

37661392244_d5af0ac118_b.jpgZK-AYR ii

 

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And the fighter pilot museum at Wanaka - although it’s been a long time since I’ve been there. Is it still going?

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No, Steve, the NZ Fighter Pilot's Museum is now closed, but it's been replaced by Warbirds and Wheels, a combined aeroplane and car museum as a tribute to Sir Tim Wallis. It's real neat. When you're next here, you can combine it with the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow!

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