Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 20, 2005 19:12:23 GMT 12
Back in around 1995 there were a number of reports in the Waikato Times newspaper about the fact there were plans to establish an aviation museum at Tamahere, which is between Hamilton and Cambridge on State Highway One.
Does anyone remmeber this? The driving force behind th proposed museum was Gail of "Gails of Tamahere", who owns a popular florist shop, gardens, wedding and function venue and other stuff at Tamahere. See their site here www.gails.co.nz/
I wonder what happened to the plans for the aviation museum though. Anyone know? It was back in the days when nearby Hamilton International Airport was expanding and booming with Kiwi Air, Freedom Air and the Warbirds Over Waikato airshow. I guess because two of those three went belly up due to mishandling by management, maybe Gail went cool on the idea?
It's a pity, I'd like to have been involved in helping such a nearby local museum. It planned to have warbird content and also reflect the unique contribution to civil aviation of the area with such companies as James Aviation and PAC, etc.
There was a bit of talk, but thats about as far as it got - ideas are the easy part, I dont think people realise what it takes to preserve and display historic aircraft (MOTAT took a while!) I would have liked to see DC-3 ZK-AZL on display under cover at such a museum, rather than deteriorating at Mystery creek as it is now. The turbo Fletcher and Tiger currently in the Waikato Art museum would have been good there - perhaps they could also have beaten Motat to Cliff Taits Airtourer!
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Heres whats in " Bruces Aviation Museum" at the moment - not particularly historic, but hopefully a classic in the making! (I really just wanted an excuse to post an update on my progress - please excuse the vanity of it.....)