NZ Warbirds

Roaring Forties

Display Team

The ‘flag bearers’ of New Zealand Warbirds, this precision formation team can be been seen at air shows right across New Zealand.

Flying ex-RNZAF Harvard trainers, this team continues to promise maximum visual impact and crowd enjoyment – never to be missed! We continue to honour those that ensured our freedom by serving in the armed forces by carrying out fly-pasts at events such as ANZAC and Battle of Britain commemorative days.

Dave Brown Red 1

The team leader of the Roaring Forties is Dave Brown who flies Harvard 98 (NZ1098). Dave joined the RNZAF in 1978 and flew Skyhawks with No. 75 Squadron and was the Strikemaster display pilot in 1988 and 1989. He has been with the team since 2008 and has recently retired from airline flying. As well as the team leader, Dave is also the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) for NZ Warbirds.

Dean BeverleyRed 2

Number 2 is Dean Beverley who flies Harvard 52 (NZ1052). Dean joined the RNZAF in 1978 with Dave and flew Andovers, C130 Hercules and Boeing 727’s. Dean has also recently retired from airline flying and is the Deputy Chief Flying Instructor (DCFI) for NZ Warbirds. He joined the Roaring Forties team in 2018.

Liz Needham Red 3

Number 3 is Liz Needham in Harvard 57 (NZ1057). Liz first soloed on Valentines day in 1974 (hence her love affair with flying) and has over twenty thousand flight hours, possibly NZ’s’ most experienced aviatrix in such a diverse variety of aircraft. Liz is has recently retired from airline flying and has been in the team for 12 years.

John Kelly Red 4

Number 4 is John Kelly in Harvard 53 (NZ1053). John started his flying career through the Aero Club environment in the 1980's and is a current commercial pilot and flight instructor. He has been in the team for the past 13 years and is the current Vice President of NZ Warbirds.

Rob SilichRed 5

Number 5 is Rob Silich in Harvard NZ1078. He performs the solo routines between formation manoeuvres during the display. Rob is a PPL who has been flying since 1986. He has a background in competition aerobatics and is a professional engineer with a passion for all ‘things’ mechanical. Formation aerobatics in a historic aircraft is a perfect blend of both

  • 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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“Dawn Patrol” 🐯Tiger ZK-BLK waiting patiently for its flying activites to begin. 📷 @wairarapaflyingtigers 📍 Hood Aerodrome, NZ #Avgeek #Warbird #Aviation #biplane #tigermoth #tiger #moth #dh #dehavilland #gypsy #Adventure #Flight #KeepEmFlying #history #historic #NZ #newzealand #aotearoa #masterton #ThrillSeeking #WW2 #World #War #Formation #Unique #Outdoor #Recreation
With the arrival of ex RNZAF Vampire NZ5711 at Ardmore, we have begun searching for photographs documenting its unique history as it begins its next chapter of its life. This picture shows Aircraft Maintenance Squadron personnel at RNZAF Base Ohakea, 1972, posing next to NZ5711 when she was instructional airframe INST 206. 📷 RNZAF Official 📍Ohakea, New Zealand #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #ghost #dehavilland #vampire #greatwar #ww1 #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore
A flash back to a few years ago where this fabulous Sopwith Pup flew at the last Classic Fighters Airshow. It was a stunning Marlborough sunset 🌅 ✈️. We are looking forward to the next show during Easter🤩 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome #Avgeek #Warbird #Aviation #Adventure #sopwithpup #spowith #pup #KeepEmFlying #ThrillSeeking #WW1 #World #War #Formation #Unique #Outdoor #Recreation #biplane #vintage #aviator #radial #airshow #omaka
Which one would you choose🤔 Surprise visit by the Royal New Zealand Air Force🇳🇿 here at Ardmore with one of their Texan trainers. Parked right up next to our resident Spitfire MH367✈️ Thanks for popping by👍 #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore #rnzaf #airforce #supermarine #spitfire #merlin #texan #beechcraft #twoseater
We just LOVE ❤️ this photo! #repost “Knights of the Sky” Albatros D.Va vs Bristol Scout on a gloomy day at Warbirds Open Day, 5th June. You can see these two beauties on public display at Ardmore Airport in our WW1 hangar.👍 📷will_mays_photography 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #albatros #scout #bristol #greatwar #ww1 #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore #pioneer
92 INBOUND✈️ Harvard 92 flown by Gavin Trethewey coming towards the crowd at our recent Warbirds on Parade show. Thank you to all of those who attended and supported us on Sunday - despite the weather!☔️ You guys rock 👍 Got photos of the event - please send them through as we would like to see them👀 📍Ardmore Airport 📷Paul Johnston #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #harvard #northamerican #texan #trainer #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore
SUPER SEASPRITE So cool to have the @royalnzairforce and @royalnznavy joining us for Warbirds on Parade next week. The Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will be on static display from No. 6 Squadron. Although maintained by the Air Force, it is flown by Navy aircrew who use it for anti-surface & underwater warfare, maritime patrols & surveillance, and search and rescue. Confirmed for Warbirds on Parade: 🔘 SH-2G(I) Seasprite 🔘NH90 🔘T-6C Texan II 📷@stu_65 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #plane #airplane #helicopter #kaman #seasprite #sh2g #rotorcraft #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #navy #airforce #rnzaf #nzn #photography #instagood #photo #airshow #display #flying #flight
DREIDECKER👇 Just over 3 weeks to go before Warbirds on Parade take to the skies over Ardmore. Our popular Great War display is returning for this years June edition where we reenact aviation from 100 years ago. Will you be there?😀 Spread the word #keepemflying 📷Paul Johnston 📍Ardmore Airport #warbird #aviation #aviator #plane #fokker #triplane #dr1 #airshow #warbirdsonparade #onlyinnz #nzmustdo #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #instagood #photography #sunset #mood #autumn #nzwarbirdsatardmore #nzwarbirds #radial #biplane
BUTCHER BIRD!😬 Omaka’s resident Flug Werk FW 190 A8/N replica ZK-RFR of the Chariots of Fire Collection. This photo was taken at the last Classic Fighters airshow - way back in 2019! The autumn sun in the evening made for some stunning photography for sure👍 This machine is on display at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and displays at the biannual Classic Fighters airshow. 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim #butcherbird #fw190 #fockewulf #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #airshow #nz #newzealand #classic #fighter #classicfightersomaka #aotearoa
Lest we Forget🇳🇿🇦🇺 #anzacday The weather held for todays ANZAC flypasts over the City of Sails. Photo is from Harvard 52 in the formation as we flew towards Titirangi. Thank you to @aklcouncil and the @akl_rsa for their support.👍 Did you see us? #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #harvard #texan #t6 #anzacday #anzac #wewillrememberthem #auckland #nz #aotearoa #cityofsails⛵#onlyinnz #photo #photographer #stunning #instagood #nzmustdo #autumn #onlyatardmore #ardmore
Aucklands Harvards👇 This was taken a couple of years ago on ANZAC Day. In total 7 ex RNZAF T6 Harvards took part in the flypast in what was a simply stunning Autumn day🍂 Can you spot the Spitfire and Kittyhawk in the distance❓ Poppy Day and ANZAC Day 2022 flypasts are confirmed. All the details are on our Facebook page. #lestweforget🌹 #anzac #anzacday #keepemflying #warbirds #aviation #aviator #pilot #history #heritage #warbird #harvard #texan #auckland #roaringforties #waitemata #t6 #photo #photographer #photography #autumn #stunning #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa
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AIRSHOW! Warbirds on Parade - Sunday 04 December 2022. For all of the latest developments - including whats on show - click here.
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