The Visitor Centre complex was officially opened in November 2009 and incorporates a mezzanine display area that enables every visitor to view various former service aircraft from a great vantage point.
Our objective is to provide each and every visitor- young or old - with an ‘aviation experience’ that includes close contact with what is effectively a’ working museum’ at Ardmore Airport. Ardmore was a very significant training aerodrome during the Second World War and the history of the airfield along with many of the squadrons that served here are shown in large pictorial prints.
This is a fully operational hangar and you will see a wide range of aircraft from World War 2 and beyond on the hangar floor including the static display of NZ6209 A4 Skyhawk (which arrived mid March 2012 on loan from the RNZAF Museum Trust) and NZ6471 Aermacchi gifted to NZ Warbirds by the Government in August 2012 and a RAAF Sabre. The number and types of operating aircraft on display vary from day to day depending on air show and training commitments. The normal line up includes North American P-51 Mustang, PAC CT4 Airtrainer, DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-1 Chipmunk, Curtis -40 Kittyhawk and Harvard. The operational aircraft are frequently flown and visitors often get to see startups, departures and returns.
From the stairs you can access the mezzanine display area extending the whole length of the hangar. The mezzanine provides a great vantage point to fully appreciate the entire range of Warbirds aircraft as well as the historical dioramas and extensive displays of model aircraft. Please Note: Unfortunately there is no lift access to the mezzanine floor for those visitors with mobility issues or disabilities.
The Visitor Centre is very much an educational resource and apart from the facilities already mentioned it is an excellent chance for children of all ages to view and gain a greater appreciation of the aircraft of yesteryear; perhaps their relatives may have served at Ardmore or flown the particular types of aircraft?
For school or special interest groups, this unique extra-curricular educational resource will prove valuable in a number of areas, e.g. Technology, History or Art/Photography. We welcome enquiries if you require more information; in the first instance please call the NZ Warbirds Office on +64 9 298 9207 during office hours and your particular needs and group entry cost can be discussed.
Visit our Warbirds Shop where there is a range of Warbirds merchandise for you to purchase to remind you of your visit...these items make a great gift for friends and family alike.
Should you have any questions, one of our volunteers will do their best to satisfy your request and we hope you enjoy the new facility… we’d appreciate if you would tell your friends and family and encourage them to visit.
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