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Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display

The Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display is located in the multi-award winning Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT Meola Road.

We host a large collection of recreational, top dressing, commercial and military aircraft which celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911 when Vivian Walsh achieved sustained and controlled flight in a British Howard Wright biplane.

The Collection includes the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat and one of a handful of World War 2 era Avro Lancaster Bombers left in the world.  Visitors will also be able to see aircraft which saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force such as the de Havilland Mosquito and the modern Skyhawk and Aermacchi.

Blister Hanger

This World War II designed Blister Hangar was extensively used throughout Britain during WW II as a type of transportable aircraft hangar and was constructed of wooden or steel ribs and generally clad in steel sheets.

MOTAT's Blister Hangar was originally built for the RNZAF during World War II at Ardmore Airfield. It was in use as an aircraft hangar until it was moved to MOTAT in 1979. At MOTAT it has been used to both house aircraft in the collection and to provide an aircraft restoration workshop for our dedicated aviation volunteers.

Bomber Command Memorial Website

The Bomber Command Memorial Website was launched in August 2013 as a permanent memorial to all those who served in the Royal Air Force Bomber Command during World War 2.  The website was designed to preserve the personalities of those who fought and provide a central location whereby friends and relatives can contribute their stories and memories of those who paid the ultimate price in service of their country. The website features interactive maps showing the flight paths of specific missions and includes facts and figures on aircrew, missions and aircraft.

This project is the brainchild of the late John Barton, a MOTAT Volunteer who served as a navigator for 101 Squadron and later become a leading member of the Bomber Command Association of New Zealand. John started the project in the early 2000s to commemorate all those New Zealanders who died while serving with Bomber Command and required considerable research, fact checking and software development. Although mostly complete by 2006, the CD-ROM had not been placed on display when John died in 2007 and for several more years the project remained uncompleted.  

Work restarted in 2012, after the persistence of John’s friend and fellow MOTAT volunteer Alan Taylor.

Visit http://www.bombercommandmemorial.co.nz/ to access the site and feel free to add your own stories and images to the site using the 'Add Your Story' buttons found throughout.