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North American P-51-D Mustang


Designed in 1940 as a replacement to the P40 Kittyhawk, the P-51 Mustang was originally powered by an Allison V-1710 V12 but when the RAF swapped the Alison to the much more powerful Rolls Royce Merlin, the Mustang was found to be an excellent high altitude fighter and along with its speed, manoeuvrability and (most importantly) range, made it the only fighter at the time with the ability to escort the Allied bombers over occupied Europe (a role which it excelled at).

The Mustang also proved to be an excellent ground attack fighter bomber and high altitude fighter making it the most sought after aircraft by fighter units for the Allies during the war.  Thirty Mustangs were operated by the RNZAF Territorial Squadrons during the 1950s.

Our aircraft is painted in the colour scheme of NZ2415 from No. 3 Squadron (Canterbury) of the Territorial Air Force (TAF), flown in the early 1950’s by Squadron Leader Ray Archibald.   It passed through a number of owners before it was imported into New Zealand in 1984 by Sir Tim Wallis and first flew here in January, 1985.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Packard Merlin V-1650, 1450 Hp, V12 Supercharged Piston Engine
Length: 9.83m (32ft 3in)
Height: 4.08m (13ft 4.5in)
Wing Span: 11.28m (37ft 0in)
Cruise Speed: 362mph (582kmh or 315 knots)
Maximum Speed: 437mph (703kmh or 380knots)
Range: 1105 miles (1777 kms) on internal tanks
Service Ceiling: 41,900ft (12,800m)
Armament: 6 x M2 Brownings (0.5 calibre) machine guns, up to 1000Ib of bombs, 6 or 10 × 5.0 in (127 mm) T64 HVAR rockets

McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk

Fighter Attack

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J-52-P8A, 9,300Ib axial flow turbojet
Top Speed: 1083 Km/h, 673 MPH, 584 Knots


CFM International CFM56


Engine: Dual rotor, axial flow, high bypass ratio turbofan. Thrust range:18,500Ib to 34,000Ib
Top Speed:


Bristol Scout D


Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Le' Rhone, 80hp 9-cylinder rotary piston engine
Top Speed: 161 Km/h, 100 MPH, 87 Knots



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
Harvard 57 being put through her paces on an adventure flight earlier this year ✈️ #nzmustdo #aviation #gopro #warbirds #adventure #avgeek
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Our Ryan STM patiently waiting to get back in the air... #warbirds #flying #taildragger #artdeco #livinghistory #avgeek
GHOST POWER👻👇 John Luff's immaculate de Havilland DH.112 Venom at Classic Fighters Omaka 2019. It is an ex Swiss airframe painted to represent a No.14 Squadron RNZAF machine WE434. Unfortunately this past weekend was meant to be the 2021 edition of the Classic Fighters show but couldn't go ahead this year due to Covid-19. 📸Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, NZ #classicfightersomaka #omaka #dehavilland #dh112 #venom #ghost #rr #rollsroyce #avgeek #warbird #aviation #airshow #jet #onlyinnz #newzealand #nz
Did you know our Messenger flies again? Miles M.38 Messenger ZK-CMM was out and about last Sunday being flown by a couple of our members. It has been out of action for a while so it's nice to see the unusual aircraft back in the Ardmore circuit. 🛩️👍 Photo is from a few years ago at one of our open days. The messenger was designed as an AOP, Airborne Observation Post, and was used by General Montgomery as his own personal VIP transport. Photographer: @stu_65 #Avgeek #messenger #miles #m38 #warbird #keepemflying #OnlyAtArdmore #NZWarbirdsAtArdmore #blackburn #cirrus #Aviation #photography
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NZWarbirds Yak-52 ZK-XXS rocketing down Runway 03 on the weekend. She is part of our OPS Group and flown by some lucky members. 📸 Photographer: Errol Cavit #warbirds #keepemflying #planespotting #yak #yak52pilot #soviet #aviation #flying
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.