Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre NZ 1 Oct 2019

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ErrolC
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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre NZ 1 Oct 2019

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The OAHCis located on Omaka Airfield, on the SW fringe of the town of Blenheim, at the top of NZ's South Island. The airfield hosts the Classic Fighters Airshow on the Easter of odd-numbered years, and several vintage aviation businesses are located there (e.g. Classic Wings magazine, JEM Aviation, CAMS)

The 'Knights of the Sky' exhibition opened in December 2006, with many exhibits (which include replica and original WW1 aircraft, some fliers) provided by Sir Peter Jackson. The Centre was expanded with the WW2 'Dangerous Skies' exhibition in 2016. There is a small cafe and shop at the entrance, and plenty of aeroplane-watching potential just outside the door. Did I mention the dozens of vineyard cellar doors within an hour's drive?

Starting off with a selection from Knights of the Sky. There are many full-size and scale dioramas, designed and built by WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.

ImageCaproni Ca.22 by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImagePot Shots by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageAirco DH.2 Replica OAHC by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageMorane-Saulnier BB Replica by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageThornton Pickark Hythe Gun-Camera Mk.III by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageWorkshop Activity by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageCurtiss MF Flying Boat by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageChunuk Bair Memory by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageSopwith 1½ Strutter model by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageGotha G.IV by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

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Great looking place. Thank you for putting those images on here.

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Looks fabulous. Thinks...how much is a flight to NZ?

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Cheers

The R.E.8 is the prototype of the reproductions that The Vintage Aviator made (one for RAFM)

ImageBusy Skies by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

Ditto the S.E.5a - display tells of Grid Caldwell's exciting flight

ImageGrid Caldwell's escape by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

And a striking snow scene with Siemens-Schuckert D.IV and Nieuport 27 replicas. BTW NZ Warbirds have just taken delivery of the flyable Siemens-Schuckert D.IV replica that was at Planes of Fame.

TVAL Triplets - these all fly (note sliding doors behind them), but I don't know if any of these particular three (TVAL have seven) have flown since Classic Fighters 2017.

ImageTriplane Triplets by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageIf you can walk away from it... by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageBarrel Body by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

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A scene from The Blue Max plays above the Pfalz D.III Replica that took part

ImageOpponents by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageHalberstadt D.IV Replica ZK-JOW by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

A US-built DH-4 in Postal Service colors
ImagePostal DH-4 by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

And the great diorama showing Aussies 'aggressively souveniring' from the Red Baron's crash.

ImageWatching Over - Red Baron by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageVon Richthofen's End by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

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I've never been to Omaka (and unfortunately I'm unlikely to do so) but every time I see photographs from there, I'm always amazed and the Royal Airforce Museum (specifically Hendon) could learn a lot about displaying aircraft from them!
...and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in Space cos there's bugger all down here on Earth!

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Some nice images of great displays, as TonyC implies the RAF Museum could learn a bit from these displays as could the IWM, didn't Paul Raymond attempt something along these lines?

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LAHarve wrote:Some nice images of great displays, as TonyC implies the RAF Museum could learn a bit from these displays as could the IWM, didn't Paul Raymond attempt something along these lines?


The more adventurous displays are all replicas - indeed, none of the originals are even suspended. But yes, the lighting is appropriate in all cases. When I visited Le Bourget in 2012 the most recent displays reminded me of the general approach taken at OAHC.

The 'Dangerous Skies' exhibition is in an adjoining hangar, but is entered through a separate entrance - you get a token for the turnstile if you buy a ticket for it.

ImageInverted Hurri - currently missing 'flames', which are being re-worked by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageI believe I will! by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

ImageAccommodations by Errol Cavit, on Flickr
I don't know how long the Spitfire Mk.XIV NH799 ZK-XIV has had a large packing crate behind it, but lets not go there! Flies during the biannual airshow, and not such if at all otherwise?

ImagePacked In by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

A lovely ex-Netherlands Ryan ZK-ABC, restored over many years by long-time Aussie flight instructor Noel Kruse. With a SS Jaguar of similar design vintage.

ImageSS Jaguar and ST-M S2 by Errol Cavit, on Flickr

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For those playing at home, the Hurricane replica is one of those built for use in the film The Battle Of Britain.
Regards, Zac Yates

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Very nice Errol. Lovely capture.

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