Classic Flyers makes room for exciting fleet

The helicopters arriving on Wednesday afternoon. Photos: Sam Gardner

Tauranga Classic Flyers Museum has made room for an exciting fleet of new aircrafts.

The museum officially welcomed three former Royal Air Force Westland Wessex helicopters to its grounds on Wednesday afternoon, with a further two welcomed later in the week.

The helicopters were originally a part of a central North Island logging fleet and boast a long history of use including involvement in both the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Navy, along with many jobs in places such as Australia, Uruguay, and Iraq.

Their acquisition has been a joint venture between TIL Freight in New Plymouth and Classic Flyers, and the aircraft will now be restored for display and for potential sales.

While only one helicopter will be displayed in the museum, the other four aircrafts will be used for potential swaps or sales, for further aircraft and parts needed to complete and progress other existing exhibits.

To see the aircraft up close and personal, visit the Tauranga Classic Flyers Museum.


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