Omaka Aviation Herit age Centre

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Tom Baker flies out to New Zealand, to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to a unique collection of World War aircraft and aviation artefacts

A diorama depicting a German Taube aircraft mid dogfight
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF JANE ORPHAN

In the mid-1990s, historic aircraft were a common sight over the community of Blenheim in Marlborough, on New Zealand’s South Island. The nearby Omaka Airfield, hosting a small yet unique collection of heritage aircraft, began to experience a surge in popularity as news of the collection spread. Tourists flocked to the site, although access to view the aircraft was restricted. An idea grew among enthusiasts to create a dedicated facility at Omaka Airfield where their love of heritage aviation could be shared with the wider community.

In 1997, this idea became a reality with the establishment of the New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust – a organisation aimed at fostering growth in the restoration and appreciation of Omaka’s historic aircraft.

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