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Percival Proctor Mk.1

Radio Communications Trainer/Touring Aircraft

The Percival Proctor is a British aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied nations as a radio and communications trainer during the Second World War. It was developed from the Percival Vega Gull touring aircraft where modifications were made such as increasing the length of the fuselage to fit the military radio equipment and the pilot’s parachutes.

Our aircraft was built in 1939 by F Hills and Sons Ltd.  In 1940 she was acquired by the RAF as a radio communications trainer and saw service with No.1 Signals School and No. 2 Electrical & Wireless School.

She came to NZ in 1999 and was restored with her first post restoration flight occurring in 2006.  During restoration it was re-configured as a Percival Vega Gull, a pre-war light aircraft that became the fore runner of the war time RAF Proctors.  It is currently painted in a colour scheme similar to that of Jean Batten’s famous Gull which now hangs from the roof of Auckland International Terminal.  In 2016 she was used to represent Jean’s Percival Gull monoplane in the TVNZ movie “Jean”.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: de Havilland Gipsy Queen II, 210 Hp Straight 6 engine
Length: 8.59m (28ft 2in)
Height: 2.21m (7ft 3in)
Wing Span: 12.04m (39ft 6in)
Cruise Speed: 130 knots (155 mph)
Maximum Speed: 140 knots (160 mph)
Range: 805km (500 miles)
Service Ceiling: 14,000ft (4,265m)

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


AESL Airtourer

Light Utility Aircraft/Trainer

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Lycoming O-320. 160 hp piston engine
Top Speed:


Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75 Double Wasp

Radial Engine

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: 2,200 hp, 2,800 cu in (46 L), 18-cylinder, twin bank, radial piston engine
Top Speed:



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
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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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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.