Flights

Get airborne at Classic Flyers


Feel the wind in your face as you fly over Tauranga in an open cockpit or the thrill of the roaring Pratt & Whitney radial engine of the Harvard that powers you down the runway. The passenger experience starts with getting suited up in a flight suit, helmet and goggles, then being strapped into the cockpit and briefed on the flight while the aircraft is flight prepped and started up. The Boeing Stearman & North American Harvard is based at Classic Flyers and can be booked any day of the week weather permitting, contact Classic Flyers today.

Please note that all flights are weather and aircraft availability dependent.
 
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Boeing Stearman Flights


The Boeing Stearman was designed as a WWll pilot trainer. It is a biplane, of which 8584 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s as a military trainer aircraft. In the immediate post-war years they became popular as crop dusters and as sports planes.

This aircraft can take 1 passenger. 

The Standard Flight costs $420 (25 min actual air time.) 
The Deluxe Flight Package costs $440 and includes a USB stick with pre-recorded footage of a scenic flight in the aircraft + a certificate and photo to commemorate your flight.
The Super Deluxe Flight Package costs $460 and includes a USB stick with footage of a scenic flight in the aircraft and GoPro footage of your own flight + a certificate and photo to commemorate your flight.

Gift Vouchers are available for this flight - enquire in the Gift Shop or
click here to shop online for the Standard flight voucher or
click here to shop online for the Deluxe flight voucher or
click here to shop online for the Super Deluxe flight voucher

Check out the video of the Boeing Stearman in flight (CLICK HERE)

Operated by Warbirds Ltd
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North American Harvard Flights


The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s

This aircraft can take 1 passenger OR Book 2 Harvard's for a formation pair flight with your friend.

The Harvard Adventure Flight costs $845 (30 min actual air time).
The Harvard Formation Pair Flight costs $1550 (30 min actual air time).

Gift Vouchers are available for this flight - enquire in the Gift Shop or
click here to shop online for the Harvard Adventure Flight or
click here to shop online for the Harvard Formation Pair Flight

Check out the video of a North American Harvard in flight (CLICK HERE)

Operated by Warbirds Ltd
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Glider Flights


Experience the wonder of soaring flight over our magnificent Bay of Plenty with the opportunity to try 'hands on' Glider flights with the qualified instructors from the Tauranga Gliding Club. Two popular options are available:
3,000 ft tow for $199 - approx 20 min flight
4,000 ft tow for $250 - approx 30 min flight
5,000 ft tow for $349 - approx 40 min flight
This introductory glider flight voucher entitles the bearer to receive a briefing on the glider, it's instruments & controls from your instructor & take an aero tow.
The bearer will receive a 3 month club membership to TGC with 2 further flights at club rates.
Gift Vouchers are available for these flights - enquire in the Gift Shop, or ring us on 07 572 4000 to make your advance booking. Please ring the Glider Club directly for bookings made on the day 07 575 6768
Please note Glider flights are only available on weekends and Public Holidays.
Photo courtesy of Chris Guy
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DC-3 Scenic Flights Over The Bay of Plenty


DC-3 scenic flights are back this October and then again in January 2023.

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DC3 scenic flights are back over Labour Weekend Only in October and will again return in January 2023.

Flights starting from 10.30am.
- Saturday 22nd October
- Sunday 23rd October
- Monday 24th October

Bookings are now open - please contact us to book your seat.

Gift vouchers are available from our Gift Shop. These can either be purchased in store or over the phone and then emailed.

Demand for the flights will be strong as this is a very popular activity and at $108 per seat. This makes it a very cost effective way for locals and visitors alike to see Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Matakana Island and the beautiful natural harbour from the air.

This year the aircraft is operating in NAC colour scheme commemorating its time in operation with our National Airline during the 1950's and 1960's.
 
HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS

Depending upon the weather and local conditions on the day, the aircraft may stretch its wings to different destinations in the Bay of Plenty - these will be announced at the pilot briefing before each flight.
All passengers get complimentary entry to the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum before and after the flight.
Choose from a range of reasonably priced DC-3 gifts to remember your flight by from the Museum Gift Shop.

Make an event of your flight by enjoying a meal or a drink at AvGas Cafe & Bar with friends and family.

WHY CHOOSE A DC-3 FOR YOUR SCENIC FLIGHT?

The DC-3 is a classic design that revolutionised air travel in the years leading up to WWII and beyond. This immortal aircraft featured the very best design elements of her day and is often regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. She flies comfortably at a sedate speed and a lower altitude and that makes her an ideal platform for air touring and aerial sightseeing.
Inside ZK-AWP you will find a pleasant, commercially styled cabin with a single aisle and two seats either side of the aisle. Generous square shaped windows offer good outside viewing and photo opportunities.
Let the hum of the engines transport you back to the 1950's when these amazing machines frequented the New Zealand countryside. The flight attendants are dressed in 'period era' uniforms, and classic tunes will be playing over the PA system.

WHY NOT CHARTER THE DC-3 FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION?

A scenic flight in the DC-3 is a great way for any boss to show their appreciation to employees for a job well done during the year. We can put together a special flight and meal package at Classic Flyers, that would truly make a memorable day. Call us to find out more.

For more information about the DC-3 Aircraft and its operators Click here

TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING CONTACT US
ph 07 572 4000
email enquire@classicflyersnz.com
   
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