Be prepared to be transported to a world of magnificent men and women and their flying machines at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Located in Blenheim, Marlborough, on the edge of a busy airfield, visitors are often treated to the sight of aircraft taking off or landing. From World War 1 fighters, 1930’s beauties through to Russian Fighters, Omaka is home to them all.
Thousands of visitors of all ages have been captivated by extraordinary stories of the rapid development of aviation during two World Wars. KNIGHTS OF THE SKY (World War One) is on long-term loan from Sir Peter Jackson. His generosity and vision delivered a series of movie-setlike displays created by WingNut Films and mannequins by Wētā Workshop. If you like action, then an aircraft crashed in the branches of a snowbound tree while two enemy pilots shake hands delivers! The memorabilia is mindblowing and includes items belonging to the Red Baron, Germany’s Manfred von Richthofen, WW1’s highest scoring ace.
DANGEROUS SKIES, the World War Two exhibition, brings inspirational stories of pilots and their aircraft to life, once again in movie-like scenes. Some of the most iconic fighters of WW2 are on display here. A De Havilland Mosquito, a P-40 Kittyhawk, and the most famous fighter of them all, the mighty Spitfire, which still flies! In addition, the popular Stalingrad Experience is an immersive experience that is entertaining and chillingly thought-provoking. The Omaka AHC is open daily from 9am. Joy flights and great coffee are also available.