Friday 8th September 2017
9am – 5pm
(no official airshow / re-enacment battle on this day)
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017
9am – 5pm
**ADVANCE TICKET SALES**
Sat 9th & Sun 10th Sept 2017
|Children (under 16yrs)
|Infants (up to 2yrs)
(2 adults & up to
World War II Veterans (Passes will need to
STRICTLY NO CARD PAYMENT!
Tickets can be purchased in advance up to Friday 25th August 2017.
For more information and a booking form please "click here".
School Day &
P51 Mustang G-MSTG “Janie”
Flying Saturday 6th and Sunday 7thMustang P51 D model owned and operated by Maurice Hammond, based at Hardwick in Norfolk
History:- Constructed By North American Aviation in Dallas Texas 1945
North American Aviation Construction Number 124-48271
United States Army Air Force serial number 45-11518
United States Army Air Force contract number AC-2400
One of a batch of ten which left the factory on 16th July 1945 it was flown across the United States via Coolridge AAF Arizona and the Sacramento Air Technical Service Centre California, and was shipped from the port of Oakland CA on the 4th August to arrive in New Zealand on 24th August 1945.
Hobsonville Air Force Base (NZ) received the Mustang and was given the new serial number of NZ2427
NZ2427 flew with the New Zealand Territorial Air Force, with No3 Canterbury Squadron, and remained in service until 1955 only flying a total of 403 hrs 35mins when all New Zealand Mustangs were struck of charge and stored at Woodburne for disposal in 1958.
NZ2427 was sold from NZAAF in May 1958 for a huge sum of $150 Nz Dollars (£80 sterling.) to Barry North and Pete Colman. The Mustang remained on Pete Colmans farm until 1990, although it was dismantled in 1973 and stored under Petes house. In 1990 The Alpine Fighter Collection (NZ) acquired the airframe and it was moved into storage at their headquarters at Wanaka.
Winter 1997 Maurice Hammond from Suffolk, England purchased the airframe from The Alpine Fighter Collection for restoration making the long voyage north to arrive in the UK at Easter 97, now having the registration G-MSTG
The complete airframe was restored by Maurice over the next 4 ½ years which also included overhauling to Zero hours the Packard Merlin engine!
The first post Military flight was on Friday July 13th 2001.
The colour scheme is of Major Bill Price who flew with 350th Squadron of the 353rd fighter group based at Raydon Essex during WWII.
Weather permitting you may see the Mustang performing Loops, Cuban eights, rolls, barrel rolls, high speed passes, some of these manoeuvres subject the pilot up to 5g without a g suite, engine power though out the display will be at maximum continuous setting which consumes a litre of 110 octane Avgas every 61/2 seconds( 2 Gallons a minute), airspeed for the display ranges from 120 to 400 Mph and heights up to 4000 feet.