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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Entry to the Knights of the Sky & Dangerous Skies Exhibitions

Entry to the Knights of the Sky & Dangerous Skies Exhibitions

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is Marlborough's single most visited attraction. Stories, not just stuff, make this an exciting destination for all, not just history or aviation buffs. The Museum is home to two exhibitions. The first is film director Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts, Knights of Sky. The story of aviation in the Great War is brought to life in sensational sets by WingNut Film and featuring mannequins by Wētā Workshop. The rare memorabilia are worthy of any national collection and include personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself. Dangerous Skies is the second exhibition featuring aircraft from WW2, including an original DeHavilland Mosquito and Spitfire! Women pilots feature more prominently in this exhibition, and in a world first (outside of Russia), the Battle of Stalingrad leaps off the pages of history in a genuinely thought-provoking cinematic experience.

From

NZ$ 49.00

Per Person

Highlights

  • Stories, not just stuff!

  • Featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own personal collection of WW1 Aircraft & Memorabilia

  • Original and full size replicas of WW1 & WW2 aircraft

  • The Stalingrad Experience

  • Mannequins by Weta Workshop

Visit

Full Description

Since opening in 2006, visitors to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre have been swept up in the world of magnificent men (and women) and their flying machines. The rise and fall of aviation during two World Wars has captivated thousands of visitors of all ages. 

Knights of the Sky (WW1), the original exhibition, belongs to Sir Peter Jackson, a long-time aviation enthusiast and a collector since the age of 11 years. His generosity was integral in bringing the exhibition to life in a series of movie-set-like displays using the creative talents of WingNut Films and mannequins by Weta Workshop. The exhibition consists of a mixture of original aircraft and replicas, some of which hang from the ceiling while another balances precariously in the branches of a tree, where it crashed after being shot down. Below, two pilots shake hands in the snow as foot soldiers stand guard and warily inspect the damage.

The memorabilia in this exhibition are mind-blowing, and highlights include the flying suit of America's highest-scoring ace Eddie Rickenbacker, the dress uniform of France's top ace Rene Fonck and items belonging to Germany's the Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen. The latter was shot down in France and on display is the Iron cross, cut from the side of his plane on that fateful day in which the top ace of WW1 lost his life.

Dangerous Skies, the World War II exhibition, opened in December 2016 and brought new inspirational stories of pilots and their flying machines to life, once again in movie-like scenes. The aircraft on display in this exhibition change more frequently, so it is worth a repeat visit! The latest additions to Dangerous Skies include a De Havilland Mosquito, one of the most iconic fighters of WW2, and a P-40 Kittyhawk, both of which are originals. These sit alongside the most famous fighter of them all, the mighty Spitfire, which is not only original but still flies! 

A highlight of any visit is the sight of a Lockheed Hudson, an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft suspended in a crash scene in the depths of a Pacific island jungle. The popular Stalingrad Experience is an immersive experience that is both entertaining and chillingly thought-provoking. One of the most critical battles in WW2, it was a victory for the Russians but saw a tremendous loss of life.

 

 

Includes

Entry to the WW1 & WW2 exhibitions.

Meeting Point

79 Aerodrome Road, Burleigh, Blenheim, New Zealand

Additional Information

Coffee bar and souvenirs available on site.
Free wifi is available for visitors.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

From

NZ$ 49.00

Per Person

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