Aviation Museums

and airworthy collections


Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga

9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand 3116

Date of visit: 20th & 21st February 2017

Classic Flyers was initially funded entirely by a group of individuals who got together to create a live museum to protect the rich and precious history of New Zealand aviation. As a non-commercial Trust, all takings from the museum, on site cafe & shop, and their events go back into preserving their aviation heritage. A purpose-built facility has been created at the entrance of the Tauranga Airport, on Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. The emphasis is on creating a living, dynamic Museum with a high degree of operational activity - with many aircraft movements to and from the facility.

Its grand opening, on 28th May 2005, was celebrated with an air display, which are now held on a regular basis.

The museum is live, so exhibits regularly change within the hangars.


Aermacchi MB-339CB

NZ6469 / cn 6800/173

Bristol Scout C


Cessna 150D

ZK-CGI / cn 15060711

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

N9553C / 204 / cn1696

Curtis P-40E Kittyhawk


de Havilland DH-100 Vampire FB.5

NZ5767 / WA374 / INST202 (cockpit fuselage only)

de Havilland DH-104 Devon

NZ1802 / ZK-UFO / cn 04169

de Havilland DH-112 Venom FB.54

J-1799 / ZK-VNM / cn969 (ex-G-BLIC)

Douglas A-4K Skyhawk

NZ6201 / 01 / cn 14084

Fletcher FU24-950M

ZK-BDS / cn1

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger

NZ2505 / cn5220

Hawker Hunter T75

XE664 / 516 (ex-Singapore Air Defence Force)

Pitts S-1C Special

N7BH / cn BH-1-PS1C

Slingsby T.45 Swallow

ZK-GCD / cn 1505

Supermarine Spitfire Mk V

JK715 / SN-A (Replica)


Restoration Hangar 3 / Flight Operations Hangar 5

AESL Airtourer T3A

ZK-XXI / 60 / cn C60 (ex ZK-DSZ & ZK-CGP)

Boeing PT-13D Kaydet (E75)

ZK-XAF / 203 / cn 75-5907

Hall Cherokee II

ZK-GBT / cn G 1

Hawker Hunter FR.74A

XJ689 / JK-JIL / 517 (ex-Singapore Air Defence Force)

Jansson BJ-1B Duster

ZK-GSR / cn AACA/338

North American AT-6D Harvard Mk.III

ZK-ENC / NZ1091 / 91 / cn 88-16505

PZL-Bielsko SZD-24-4A Foka-4

ZK-GHS / cn W312

Schleicher Ka-6CR Rhonsegler

ZK-GFD / cn 6524

Schweizer 269C


Ultraflight Mirage Mk.II

ZK-EXM (ZK-WYE) / cn MAANZ/166



Victa Airtourer


Yakovlev Yak-52

ZK-YAC / 718 'white' / cn 822108


North American F-86H Sabre

In the colours of 51-2910 / FU-910 'Beautious Butch II' / cn 193-249

de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B

ZK-BBM / cn 14011

Cessna 188 Agwagon

ZK-CQN / cn 188-0109

Sud Aviation SA.316C Alouette III

ZK-HYA2 / cn 2001 (minus rotors)

Sud Aviation SA.319B Alouette III

HC-BKU / cn 2391 (front fuselage)

de Havilland DH-104 Devon

ZK-UCO (ex NZ1812)

Fairey Swordfish II

DK791 / 4C (Replica)