• Percival Proctor Mk.1 - NZWarbirds

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)

Ryan Pt-22 Recruit

Primary Trainer

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Kinner R-540-1 , 160hp 5-cylinder radial engine
Top Speed:

 

de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk

Primary Trainer

Country of Origin: Canada
Engine: Gipsy Major 1c, 145hp Inverted 4-cylinder piston engine
Top Speed: 222 Km/h, 138 MPH, 120 Knots

 

CFM International CFM56

Turbofan

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Dual rotor, axial flow, high bypass ratio turbofan. Thrust range: 18,500Ib to 34,000Ib
Top Speed:

 

@nz_warbirds

SUPER SEASPRITE So cool to have the @royalnzairforce and @royalnznavy joining us for Warbirds on Parade next week. The Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will be on static display from No. 6 Squadron. Although maintained by the Air Force, it is flown by Navy aircrew who use it for anti-surface & underwater warfare, maritime patrols & surveillance, and search and rescue. Confirmed for Warbirds on Parade: 🔘 SH-2G(I) Seasprite 🔘NH90 🔘T-6C Texan II 📷@stu_65 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #plane #airplane #helicopter #kaman #seasprite #sh2g #rotorcraft #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #navy #airforce #rnzaf #nzn #photography #instagood #photo #airshow #display #flying #flight
DREIDECKER👇 Just over 3 weeks to go before Warbirds on Parade take to the skies over Ardmore. Our popular Great War display is returning for this years June edition where we reenact aviation from 100 years ago. Will you be there?😀 Spread the word #keepemflying 📷Paul Johnston 📍Ardmore Airport #warbird #aviation #aviator #plane #fokker #triplane #dr1 #airshow #warbirdsonparade #onlyinnz #nzmustdo #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #instagood #photography #sunset #mood #autumn #nzwarbirdsatardmore #nzwarbirds #radial #biplane
BUTCHER BIRD!😬 Omaka’s resident Flug Werk FW 190 A8/N replica ZK-RFR of the Chariots of Fire Collection. This photo was taken at the last Classic Fighters airshow - way back in 2019! The autumn sun in the evening made for some stunning photography for sure👍 This machine is on display at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and displays at the biannual Classic Fighters airshow. 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim #butcherbird #fw190 #fockewulf #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #airshow #nz #newzealand #classic #fighter #classicfightersomaka #aotearoa
Lest we Forget🇳🇿🇦🇺 #anzacday The weather held for todays ANZAC flypasts over the City of Sails. Photo is from Harvard 52 in the formation as we flew towards Titirangi. Thank you to @aklcouncil and the @akl_rsa for their support.👍 Did you see us? #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #keepemflying #harvard #texan #t6 #anzacday #anzac #wewillrememberthem #auckland #nz #aotearoa #cityofsails⛵#onlyinnz #photo #photographer #stunning #instagood #nzmustdo #autumn #onlyatardmore #ardmore
Aucklands Harvards👇 This was taken a couple of years ago on ANZAC Day. In total 7 ex RNZAF T6 Harvards took part in the flypast in what was a simply stunning Autumn day🍂 Can you spot the Spitfire and Kittyhawk in the distance❓ Poppy Day and ANZAC Day 2022 flypasts are confirmed. All the details are on our Facebook page. #lestweforget🌹 #anzac #anzacday #keepemflying #warbirds #aviation #aviator #pilot #history #heritage #warbird #harvard #texan #auckland #roaringforties #waitemata #t6 #photo #photographer #photography #autumn #stunning #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa
#rnzaf85🇳🇿 👇 Today marks 85 years since the formation of the RNZAF. A number of former service aircraft fly under the NZ Warbirds banner including Strikemaster 72 which served as a jet conversion trainer. It currently operates out of Wellington International airport. 📷Photographer: Paul Johnston 📍Location: Ardmore Airport, NZ #rnzaf #warbird #avgeek #aviation #keepemflying #aviator #pilot #strikemaster #bac #blunty #nzwarbirds #jet #jetfighter #classic #provost #nz #auckland #newzealand #aotearoa
Easter Adventure Flights from Ardmore 👍👍 The Mustang and P40 Kittyhawk are both for sale so if you have one of them on your bucket list, it might be a good time to think about it 👍 https://nzwarbirds.org.nz/adventure-flights-easter-weekend/ #adventureflightsnz #p40kittyhawk #p51mustang #stearman #harvard #tigermoth #nzwarbirdsatardmore #avgeek #ardmoreairport #dosomethingnewnz #supportlocal
What looks like a scene straight out of the 1940s, our Ardmore based Mustang and Spitfire patrol Auckland’s eastern coast between Duder and Waitawa Regional parks. This shot is from a recent adventure flight.😎 #mustang #p51 #spitfire #tr9 #twoseater #avgeek #adventure #warbird #auckland #nz #aotearoa #nzmustdo #aviation #aviationlovers #aviator #warbirdlovers #nzwarbirdsatardmore #keepemflying
top
NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is open SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS only. Find everything you need to know about visiting click here.
+ +