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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

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WW1 Ambulance

Country of Origin: United States of America


Aermacchi MB-339CB

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


Ryan STM S-2

Sport Aircraft & Trainer

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: LOM Prague M332A, 140 Hp straight 4 | Originals: Menasco C4 125 Hp inverted straight 4
Top Speed:



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