They have a nice collection of aircraft, most are privately owned including 2 Harvards, an immaculate CT-4B airtrainer, a Spitfire VB replica, Tiger Moth, 1/2 scale Fw-190, a Devon and a Hunter Twin seater. The Tiger Moth, 2 Harvards, CT-4B and FW-190 all fly. They are also rebilding a DH Heron. It has a few other things like a 2 WW2 jeeps and various bits of weaponary (Sea Cat and 20mm guns)
Also based there are a T-28 Trojan and Hunter Single seater , as usual they were away when I visited but I've heard them flying around in the 2 weeks I was here.
All in all it;'s a nice collection and a very tidy little musemn. Well worth the $10 if you're in the area
The other cool new thing at Tauranga is a Boeing 737 Flight simulator set up in the old gliding club hangar behind the museum. It will provide training for Pacific Blue crews, but will shortly be open to the general public to try flying a big Jet. It is run by former Radio DJ and SportAvex comittee member Grayson Ottoway. I had a flight in it on Sunday after our airshow meeting. We flew into Hamilton, Whakatane, Rotorua and even Waihi Beach! I'm not sure of the details for the public access, but it will be open for demos during SportAvex.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 28, 2006 23:38:29 GMT 12
Very nice indeed. Thanks Calum.
I am surprised the RNZAF allows a CT-4B to masquerade in RNZAF colours under civil ownership when it's almost identical to look at as current serving planes. Very nice to see one still in uniform and active though.