• Canberra Restoration - NZ Warbirds

English Electric Canberra B(I)8


The English Electric Canberra was the Royal Air Force’s first jet-powered bomber.  Developed during the mid-to-late 1940’s, the Canberra was designed as a replacement for the wartime de Havilland Mosquito.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) operated numerous Canberra types from 1958 to 1970.  Initially the RNZAF were loaned B.2s and T.4s by the RAF as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve but were returned in 1962 after the delivery of B(I).12 attack bombers and T.13 conversion trainers.

Our aircraft WT346 served with the RAF.  It is a B(I).8 model.   Acquired by the RNZAF Museum Trust board in 1993, it was originally intended to modify the airframe to represent an RNZAF B(I).12 however a recent change in direction for the museum has seen it loaned to Warbirds at Ardmore for restoration to static display.  Once restored to an agreed standard, the intention is for her to be officially transferred to NZ Warbirds.  More details about its restoration can be found here.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce Avon RA7 Mk.109 turbojet engines, 7,400 lbs each
Length: 19.96m (65ft 6in)
Height: 4.78m (15ft 8in)
Wing Span: 19.51m (64ft 0in)
Maximum Speed: 580mph (930kmh or 500 knots) at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)
Service Ceiling: 48,000ft (14630m)

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:


Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2

Fighter, Light Bomber, Patrol & Trainer

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Royal Aircraft Factory 1a, 90hp V8 piston engine
Top Speed: 116 Km/h, 72 MPH, 63 Knots




Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Lycoming R-680-17, 225 Hp Radial Engine or
Top Speed: 200 Km/h, 124 MPH, 108 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.