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North American T-6 Harvard

Advanced Trainer

North American Aviation’s beloved T6 Texan trainer earned itself the title “The Pilot Maker” due to its important role in preparing allied pilots for combat during World War Two.  The RNZAF operated 202 Harvards from 1941 till their retirement in 1977, after serving for 36 years training Kiwi pilots.  It was the last wartime aircraft to see service with the RNZAF. Today there are numerous ex RNZAF Harvards flying in New Zealand including 7 which call Ardmore home.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1057

Built in 1943, NZ1057 was stationed at Gisborne under No.30 Torpedo Squadron.  When the RNZAF disposed of the Harvard’s in the mid-1970s and TVI (NZ1057’s civil registration) suffered the ignominy of becoming a playground amusement before it was recovered and subsequently rebuilt from the wheels up in to flying condition in 1998.  NZ1057 is presented in its 1950’s RNZAF livery.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1053

Built in 1943, NZ1053 is in the livery of the 1970’s training fleet.   When the RNZAF declared her surplus to requirements, 53 was sold to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) for $100.00 in a dismantled and incomplete state.  It then went to the Taranaki Aviation and Transport Museum and then to Don Subritsky who restored her to flying condition.

North American Harvard Mk IIA NZ1052

Built in 1943, NZ1052 is in the livery of No.2 “Wellington” Squadron of the Territorial Airforce during the 1950’s.  She too was declared surplus to requirements by the RNZAF and was sold to the Museum of Transport and Technology in 1978.  She was sold to P. Burns of Christchurch in 1982 and then to M. Nicholls of Blenheim in 1987.  She was rebuilt by Aero Tech at Ardmore from 1990 to 1991 were she was bought by the current owners, Harvard 1052 Syndicate.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, 600 Hp Radial Engine
Length: 8.8m (29ft)
Height: 3.56m (11ft 8in)
Wing Span: 13m (42ft)
Cruise Speed: 145 mph (233 kmh or 126 knots)
Maximum Speed: 236mph (380kmh or 205knots) at 5,000 ft (1,500m)
Service Ceiling: 7,400m (24,200ft)

Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT4


Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Continental IO-360-H-B9B, 210hp flat-six piston engine
Top Speed: 383 Km/h, 238 MPH, 207 Knots


Siemens-Schuckert D.IV


Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Gnome Monosoupape 9 Type N, 160hp rotary piston engine
Top Speed:


Clark Airfield Tractor


Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Holden, Straight 6 Engine
Top Speed: Slow



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.