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Avenger and Catalina Flying Day

A Tale of Two Turkeys (US Navy) and a Cat!

Brendon Deer Avenger


Saturday 20th May (weather permitting) we will be hosting a visit from Brendon Deare's operational Grumman Avenger NZ2518 as well as the NZ Catalina Preservation Society's PBY-5A Catalina flying boat ZH-PBY.

This visiting Avenger is to help us celebrate the milestone achieved by our volunteer crew in restoring the Gisborne Aviation Preservation Society's Grumman Avenger NZ2505 to static-running standard.

The big CAT is performing several local "Child Cancer Society" flights over the course of the day.

Click on this link to see footage of a recent engine run on Anzac Day

Avenger out front
NZ2518 will arrive on Saturday morning and will be on display alongside NZ2505 for the day allowing visitors to get on board (by appointment) for a good look. Also one lucky visitor will be able to sit in our Avenger (NZ2505) while it does an engine run. 

There will also be a SPECIAL PRIZE DRAW to win a flight in NZ2518 on Saturday
Only $20.00 to enter draw (includes entry to museum).
The flight is to be taken on Saturday.
Both Aircraft will be available for close up inspection when you can meet and talk to the pilots and also the volunteer crew who restored the GAPS aircraft NZ2505.

The Catalina will arrive earlier in the week and will base itself at Classic Flyers while operating a number of local flights. It will be available for public viewing at Classic Flyers on the Saturday alongside the Avenger duo.

If you are keen to get up close to the Catalina ask, email Garry or Sandra, or ask us on the day how you could be part of this experience

Cat in flight

The Avenger will then depart to Gisborne on Sunday morning for a meet and demo at the Gisborne Aircraft Preservation Society (GAPS) hangar for lunch before returning to its base that evening.
So make a date for Saturday 20th/21st May - its going to be "roaring" good fun!
Museum opens at 9.00am

Register your interest in going in the draw for a flight in NZ2518 and having a close up look inside the aircraft by emailing Garry or Sandra on
or phone 07 572 4000


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07 572 4000

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