"The smell of castor oil and old leather transports the senses back to a time when chivalry existed between warring opponents and aircraft designs teetered"
The Vintage Aviator’s rare and diverse collection of airworthy WWI Fighter Aircraft can be seen on display at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton. One and a half hours drive North East of Wellington on State Highway 2 brings visitors to the Hood Aerodrome turn-off at South Belt Road. Through the main gates of the Aerodrome, the Fighter Collection can be viewed inside the showcase Hangar of The OId Stick & Rudder Company. As if the rotating collection of approximately 12 WWI aircraft of various countries isn’t enough viewing pleasure, The Old Stick & Rudder Company displays its impressive collection of WWII Fighters and Trainer Aircraft. The Collection is open Weekends throughout November to April; 10.00am – 4.00pm and at other times by appointment for groups in excess of 10 people.
Adult admission is $15.00 with a guided tour , $12.00 without the tour, Children under 10 years $5.00, Infants and toddlers are free.
On any weekend throughout the summer season, aircraft of both collections can be seen flying. Flying displays or practice are not guaranteed on any given day and is particularly weather dependant. As such, Collection aircraft seen flying, are not inclusive in the ticket price and considered an added bonus! Guided Tours operate at; 11.00am and 2.00pm, Saturdays and Sundays, November – April. Although all displayed aircraft are presented with information boards outlining relevant statistics, guided tours offer a historical insight and reveal a sense of time and place in which to envisage these almost century old aeroplanes. Viewing platforms allow visitors to see inside the cockpits of most aircraft on display.
The smell of castor oil and old leather transports the senses back to a time when chivalry existed between warring opponents and aircraft designs teetered, sometimes perilously, on the edge of newly discovered technologies. View the Vintage Aviators newest Collection additions – The British SE5a (Scout Experimental) and the recently test flown and beautifully built Sopwith Triplane. See the original and still airworthy WWI Bristol F2.B Fighter, alongside German Fokker Dr.1 Triplanes, Fokker D.IV and Pfalz D.III adversaries. Original 1917 and 1916 Rotary engines power the air show crowd favourite Sopwith F.1 Camel and the little French Nieuport XI respectively. Assisted by one of our many volunteers, visitors may have their photographs taken inside the cockpit of the Curtiss Helldiver, built specifically for and used in the recent 2005 movie ‘King Kong.’ Visit The Vintage Aviator ~ Fighter Collection at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton and see New Zealand’s finest and most valuable collection of flying WWI and WWII Fighter Aircraft.