Omaka Aerodrome, a historical attraction
The Omaka Aerodrome is a historically important site which houses the renowned Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which intends to present a genuinely premier standard display of vintage aircraft, particularly those of historical value. Fascinating, inspiring and educating visitors of all inclinations and ages, the centre presents an intriguing glimpse into the history of aviation via a sensational display of working and static aircraft.
A key display at the Omaka AHC is the exhibition known as the ‘Knights of the Sky’; this spectacular presentation transports the viewer back in time to the era of aviation chivalry, when the brave ‘aces’ fought each other in the sky in contraptions of wire and cloth. The participant will gain an understanding of the legendary aviators and admire the vintage aircraft in which they jousted in the sky. Some of the most rare World War I airplanes and related memorabilia will captivate the viewer.
This mesmerising collection is administered by the 14-18 Aviation Heritage Trust under the guidance of director Peter Jackson; the well known film director. The ambience and atmosphere of the heady early days of aviation is animated and presented through a sequence of attractive dioramas, which have been created with the guidance and expertise of New Zealand’s most accomplished storytellers.
The appealing dioramas transport the spectator back into a time long forgotten by the world at large when the courage and chivalry of the combatants in the sky contrasted with the harshness and suffering of the warfare in the trenches. An enthralling presentation appealing to heart and mind, the depictions will enthral viewers of all age groups.
Another key attraction is the fascinating collection of memorabilia and artefacts associated with the most famous pilots on both sides of the war. A particularly well known item is a diorama of the Fokker tri-plane in which the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen took to the skies.
The Aviation Heritage Centre plays an important part in fostering an appreciation of aviation, an understanding of its role in historical contexts and recognition of its importance in our common future.
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