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Miles M.38 Messenger

Airborne Observation Post (AOP) & Liaison

The Miles M.38 Messenger was developed in 1942 as an Airborne Observation Post (AOP) and liaison aircraft. It was designed to operate from unprepared airstrips in various weather conditions and be flown by pilots with limited experience.  Only 93 Messengers were built

The aircraft on display was built after the war in 1947 and was used as an air taxi in the UK.  After a number of years in Australia it was sold and shipped to NZ in 2003. It has been painted to represent the last of three Messengers operated by Field Marshal Montgomery, RH368.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Blackburn Cirrus Major III, Inverted 4 Cylinder, 155 Hp Engine
Length: 7.32m (24ft 0in)
Height: 2.90m (9ft 6in)
Wing Span: 11.02m (36ft 2in)
Cruise Speed: 124 mph (200kmh or 108 knots)
Maximum Speed: 135 mph (217kmh or 117 knots)
Range: 460 miles (740km)
Service Ceiling: 16,000ft (4,900m)
Armament: None

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9

Fighter

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Packard Merlin 266, 1710 Hp V12, 2 stage-2 speed supercharger
Top Speed:

 

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

 

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No filter! A repeat, but worth repeating. Taken just after landing and still hot 🔥 #v12 #supermarinespitfire #adventureflightsnz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #keepemflying
Harvard 57 being put through her paces on an adventure flight earlier this year ✈️ #nzmustdo #aviation #gopro #warbirds #adventure #avgeek
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