Aviation Museums

and airworthy collections


NZ Warbirds Association

Ardmore Airport, Harvard Ln, Ardmore, Papakura 2582

Date of visit: 21st February 2017

The New Zealand Warbirds Association is an umbrella body dedicated to the restoration, preservation and operation of service aircraft in full flying condition. Nationwide, their membership provide the wide range of skills and support necessary to maintain and operate the classic aircraft.

Warbirds was originally conceived in 1978 to preserve ex-RNZAF service aircraft only, but this has been expanded by the successful introduction of service aircraft from all over the world including Russian, German and Chinese types. UK and American aircraft, never seen in service in New Zealand, also figure prominently. Everything from biplanes to jet fighters.

The development of a Visitor Centre as part of the main hangar at Ardmore provides an educational resource housing not only airworthy and static aircraft, but also an aviation library complex incorporating models and comprehensive squadron history banners.

The museum is live, so exhibits regularly change within the hangar. My visit was on 21st February 2017.

Aermacchi MB-339CB

NZ6471 / cn 6802/175

AESL Airtourer T6

NZ1762 / ZK-CPG / cn A552

Bacau Yak-52

ZK-XXS / cn 8910001 (ex G-IMIC / RA-02149 / 103 Yellow)

de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10

WB693 / ZK-RFS / cn C1/0141 (ex Army Air Corps)

de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10

WK551 / ZK-SAX / cn C1/0566 (ex RAF and G-BBWJ)

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

NZ6001 / cn 911

Pacific Aerospace CT/4A Airtrainer

ZK-DGY/ 01 / cn CT4-001

Percival P28B Procter 1

ZK-DPP / cn K.305 (ex G-AHTV / VH-BCX) Built by F Hills And Sons Ltd

McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk

NZ6209 / cn 14092

Royal Aircraft Factory 1912 B.E.2c


Ryan STM-S2

ZK-BEM / S-53 / cn 489 (ex A50-13 / VH-AGS)

Ryan PT-22 Recruit (ST3KR)

ZK-RYN / 853 / cn 2062

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1

XX657 / U / ZK-WUF / cn BH.120/315

Stampe-Vertongen SV-4A

ZK-BBV / cn 199 (ex F-BBVM)


Supermarine 509 Spitfire TR.IX

ZK-WDQ / MH367 / CBAF.5487

Avspecs Limited


Originally based at Rotorua New Zealand, Avspecs Limited was formed in 1997 by Warren and Colin Denholm to provide a fully dedicated restoration facility for Warbird and Vintage aircraft. The company moved to Ardmore Airport in 2000 and is now run by Warren and his wife Shona.

Current projects at time of visit

Commonwealth CA-27 Sabre Mk30

A94-922 / N5686 / cn CA27-22

de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI

PZ474 (later NZ2384/ZK-BCV/N9909F) - Subsequently flew for the first time on 13th January 2019

This was the 3rd Mosquito to be restored by Avspecs.

Mosquito FB 26 KA114 & Mosquito T.III TV959 have already been restored to flying condition.

New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society


Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

ZK-PBY / NZ4017 / XX-T

also @ Ardmore Airport

Douglas DC3C-S1C3G

NZ3546 / ZK-DAK / cn 26480 (www.flydc3.co.nz/contact-us/)

Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.31M

NZ5911 / ZK-EPG / cn 13135

There are current proposals to restore and house at the new Aerospace Bristol exhibition

Pacific Aerospace 750XL

ZK-XLE / cn 151 (Kiwi Air Limited)

Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar GS-1

ZK-PGP / cn 5602