Aircraft Flying Groups - NZ Warbirds

Flying Groups

The NZ Warbirds Association has been donated a number of incredible heritage and classic aircraft which are maintained in flying condition in line with our ethos to Keep ‘Em Flying.

These aircraft are operated by flying groups which are open to suitably qualified NZ Warbirds Association full financial members to join.

Currently there are two established groups, the Yak Flying Group (YFG) which operates a Yak-52 and a Tail Wheel Group (TWG) which operates three aircraft; Ryan PT-22, Ryan STM and Issacs Fury.

The flying groups are organised and administrated along similar lines of existing aircraft syndicates.  There is a group joining fee, monthly contribution, and hourly flying rate to cover the aircraft costs.  You can join either one or both groups depending on your aviation qualifications.

Both flying groups are a unique opportunity for members to be associated with these significant heritage aircraft and a path into the bigger Warbird aircraft if that is what you are aiming for.

Please note: You must be a full financial member of NZ Warbirds Association to join the Warbirds Aircraft Flying Groups and there are some minimum hour and type requirements to be met. There is no initial tail dragger/ab-initio training available on these aircraft due to their age and heritage value, you must have the minimum requirements to fly them, as laid down by our insurance requirements.



  • What a birthday gift from my family. A stunning flight and my wife said my smile after climbing (clambering) out of the cockpit was to be seen. Gary my pilot was totally professional and made it all so enjoyable.

    Malcolm G June 2019

  • Wow, thats an amzing day full of discovery and nature. Loved the cruise! You guys rock.

    Mike McVey Gisborne NZ

  • Lovely cafe with a great view of all the planes taking off. The museum guides are super friendly and my son absolutely loves coming here. Highly recommended.

    Dianechen10 February 2020

  • Fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the icons of New Zealand’s aviation history - with the majority being flyable examples. Knowable guides to fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. Topped off by an amazing scale model collection.

    MarkR986 October 2020

  • Interesting guided visit around the War Birds Facility, get up close to the war planes. Beautiful display. Would suggest combine with a visit to the Auckland Botanical Gardens. A Great Auckland Day Out.

    Sandra S February 2020

  • On the Ardmore Airport (the busiest airport in the southern hemisphere) are two hangers of war planes. I have lived nearby for years and the planes often fly over my house but I have never before visited the exhibition. They have a Spitfire, a P45 Mustang, a Skyhawk and many many more aircraft. Almost all of them still fly. I was fascinated by the pre-WWII planes. The beauty of the engineering is fascinating and there are not many places you can get so close to the planes. You can also pay to have a flight in many of he planes. That is something I am planning for later in the year. The staff were all very helpful and knowledgeable. I will be taking all my visitors there in future.

    Howard A January 2020


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