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Aviation Museum

harvardCome and see classic aircraft that still take to the skies, antique engines that roar into life before you, aviation memorabilia from a bygone era and so much more - all in our huge open hangar.

As well as a dynamic array of classic aircraft, including many that still take to the skies on a regular basis, including a ½ scale precise flying replica of a Focke Wulf 190. We also have a great collection of models.
 

Opening Hours 9.30am - 4pm daily.

 


Aircraft in the Museum

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Fletcher FU24 300  
The rather unglamorous American-designed Fletcher agricultural top-dresser was first flown in 1954. It was built in New Zealand to meet the needs of our farming communities and difficult countryside and has been a tremendous success, with 297 aircraft being built by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton. Few aircraft have done so much to sustain New Zealand’s farming economic backbone and, as such, it retains a special place in our shed.

Our aircraft, an FU24 300, was retrieved from Maungaturoto, having sat near a farm top-dressing airstrip for many years. Parts needed to make it complete were kindly donated by SuperAir Hamilton. Hard work and a coat of paint have produced a worthy display piece. It bears the registration ZK-BDS to represent the first Fletcher registered in NZ.
 
Boeing Stearman
 
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NA Harvards
There are times when more than one of these well-known ex-RNZAF trainers graces Classic Flyer’s display area. There are two Harvards which are locally owned, with a third machine which visits from Ardmore. Still wearing their distinctive RNZAF colour-schemes, the fine-pitch crackle of their propellers is their trade-mark when they are in the air – which they are frequently – come and see!
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CT-4B Airtrainer
This worthy successor to the Harvard has been in local hands for several years. Wearing the distinctive yellow and black RNZAF colour-scheme of the era plus the serial number NZ1035, this CT4 is as much at home flying in anything but a straight and level altitude as it is teaching the new student “Effects of Controls 1”. This New Zealand-produced aircraft has proved its worth in many countries.
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Spitfire
The Spitfire on display is a full size replica Mk. V which was located on a visit to Australia. The aircraft was dismantled, packed into a container and shipped here where it was carefully re-assembled and painted in a nearby hangar. It carries the registration CRC representing the initials of the Australian air ace Group Captain Clive (Killer) Caldwell, DSO, DFC & Bar.  The aircraft is fitted with the Vokes chin-filter found to be essential in the Western Desert (North Africa) to prolong engine life.
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De Havilland Devons
On Saturday 9 April 05, we recovered two Devon hulks from a paddock near Drury (ZK-UCO & UFO).These giants had been resting there a long time and were in a pretty sad condition. However, they looked a bit more cheerful after water-blasting back at Classic Flyers!

One is now mounted on the wall of the museum and will make us rich when a world shortage of Devons makes them very valuable!
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Hawker Hunter T75
A Hawker Hunter T75 was collected from Ardmore on the weekend of the 12th/13th March 2005.  Surely the most beautiful jet fighter ever built, the Hunter was a massive success worldwide and its representation at our  Museum is a great coup for the team who achieved it.

Our Hunter is ex-Singapore Air Force and we found it a bit tatty after its years of storage but in very sound condition.

Now safely on display in the Classic Flyers Museum, it looks very different after much TLC, and it is now back in the air. The addition of a two-seat Hawker Hunter to the NZ classic aviation scene is a strong pull.  It will be carefully investigated, at the very least.

This aircraft was built as an FMk4 single seat fighter and was delivered to No26 (F) Squadron RAF on 23 May 1955.  It was rebuilt by Hawker as a TMk8 two-seat trainer and delivered to 764 Sqn Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton, England on 12 March 1959.  Another visit back to the manufacturer saw it converted to a TMk75 for the Singapore Air Force who took charge of it in September 1970.  It was retired in the mid-90s and brought to New Zealand as a private venture.  Although it has the serial 500 on it, it was actually serial 516 in SAF service.
   

Entry Fees

Adult $10.00
Child (age 5 to 15 years old - under 5 free) $5.00
Senior $5.00
Family (covers 2 x adults and 3 x children) $25.00
Student $5.00 (must have student ID)

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9 Jean Batten Drive,
Mount Maunganui,
Bay of Plenty,
New Zealand