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Siemens-Schuckert D.IV


During August of 1918, the Siemens Schuckert D.IV started to appear with front line units.  It was officially described as being “superior by far to all single-seaters in use” and was regarded to be the best performing fighter of the Great War.  Despite its qualities the type saw little conflict as the following month saw the armistice signed and the War came to an end.

No complete D.IVs have survived however there have been a number of replicas constructed including the aircraft on display at NZ Warbirds at Ardmore.  This particular machine was built by Carl Swanson and previously was on display at the Planes of Fame’s satellite museum at Valle Airport, Grand Canyon, Arizona.  It is unclear the significance of the paint scheme the aircraft currently wears but it is assumed that it is generic for the type.  It is intended to repaint the cowl red for a more striking appearance.

Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Gnome Monosoupape 9 Type N, 160hp rotary piston engine
Original Engine: Siemens Halske Sh.III, 160hp or 200hp geared rotary piston engine
Length: 5.70m (18ft 8in)
Height: 2.72m (8ft 11in)
Wing Span: 8.35m (27ft 5in)
Maximum Speed: 118mph (190kmh or 103 knots)
Range: 2 hrs endurance
Service Ceiling: 26,240ft (8000m)
Armament: 2x 7.92mm Spandau machine guns

Aermacchi MB339CB

Jet Trainer

Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: Rolls Royce Viper 680-43, 4,400 lb turbojet engine
Top Speed: 898 Km/h, 558 MPH, 485 Knots


AESL Airtourer

Light Utility Aircraft/Trainer

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Lycoming O-320. 160 hp piston engine
Top Speed:


Willys MB

Military Utility Vehicle

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Willys L134 (Go Devil), 60 Hp Straight 4 Engine
Top Speed: 105 Km/h, 65 MPH



No filter! A repeat, but worth repeating. Taken just after landing and still hot 🔥 #v12 #supermarinespitfire #adventureflightsnz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #keepemflying
POSTPONEMENT OF NZ WARBIRDS ON PARADE COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY PEARL HARBOR - 5TH DECEMBER 2021 Sadly due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 Levels, the size of gatherings, the unknown as yet government restrictions and requirements around event management, we have sadly made the decision to postpone our forthcoming NZ Warbirds on Parade commemoration show on Sunday 5th December 2021. NZ Warbirds Association is a charitable not-for-profit organisation and produces these events to raise money to help keep us operating and our aircraft flying. Cancelling an event at the last minute incurs a large loss of our existing funds having had to pre-pay many suppliers along with the cost of certification and regulatory commitments – so a last minute cancellation or postponement is just not something the association can afford to do. We know this will be as disappointing for you, as it is for us, however we are still planning to hold this event in the new year sometime, so please keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms for updates. The good news is our team are planning smaller scale events like our successful Tarmac Days and Hangar Talks which more easily put together, cost a lot less to produce and can easily be postponed if we need to. Thanks for your support and we can’t wait to safely open our doors again and welcome you in to our hangars. Trish Reynolds General Manager NZ Warbirds Association Inc
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Covid 19: Auckland is at Alert Level 3. NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is temporarily closed to the public. Stay connected to find out when we can reopen.