• Polikarpov PO-2

Polikarpov PO-2

Utility biplane

The Polikarpov PO-2 is a Soviet biplane trainer used during the Second World War.  It was first introduced in 1929 and remained in production until 1959.  It is one of the most produced aircraft in history with over 30,000 examples of the type constructed.  The type is known for being used by the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, a flying unit composed of female pilots and ground crew whom carried out daring low-altitude night raids on German lines.  As such, the pilots earned the nickname Nachthexen (“Night Witches”).

Our aircraft is on temporary display.  It has recently been restored after arriving from Lithuania in 2013.  It is intended to fly to its new home at Omaka where  it will be put on display at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center.

Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Engine: Shvetsov 5 cylinder radial engine
Length: 8.17m (26ft 10in)
Height: 3.1m (10ft 2in)
Wing Span: 11.4m (37ft 5in)
Cruise Speed: 68mph (110kmh or 59 knots)
Maximum Speed: 94mph (152kmh or 82 knots)
Range: 390miles (630km)
Service Ceiling: 9,800ft (3,000m)
Armament: 1x 7.62 (0.30in) ShKAS machine gun, 6x 50kg (110Ib) bombs

Albatros D.Va

Fighter

Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Fairchild Ranger 6-440-C, 200hp straight 6 piston engine
Top Speed:

 

Yakevlov Yak-52

Primary Trainer

Country of Origin: Soviet Russia
Engine: Ivchenko Vedeneyev M-14P, 360hp 9-cylinder radial engine
Top Speed: 285 Km/h, 177 MPH, 154 Knots

 

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9

Fighter

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

 

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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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