The text in this section come from the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum guidebook. It tells the story much better than I could ever hope to. This was truly a fascinating place to visit and we would highly recommend it to everyone.

New Zealand, Our Way

New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum

NZ Fighter Pilots Museum

"On a per capita basis New Zealand contributed more airmen than any other Commonwealth country in the First & Second World Wars. We have chosen a small segment of this war effort -- the fighter pilots and their crew -- and have created a museum to honour their part in defending New Zealand's freedom.

The museum is complemented by the restored fighters of the Alpine Fighter Collection. These aircraft, which fifty years ago fought in anger, take to the air during the summer mother, delighting young and old alike.

We hope that whether you are here to learn or to reminisce, you will enjoy your visit to the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum."

Sir Tim Wallis
Founding Trustee
New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum Foundation

NZ Fighter Pilots Museum

NZ Fighter Pilots Museum

High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
            .....John Gillespie Magee

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