Fly over Auckland in an old DC3 warbird, Auckland

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    ZK-DAK, Ardmore Aerodrome.
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    A bird's eye view of the City of Sails.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 5, 2004

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    The Warbirds Association of New Zealand is an aero-club of devoted aeroplane enthusiasts. They operate a range of restored and much loved planes from bygone eras including Harvards, Mustangs, Spitfires, and a DC3. The DC3 Dakota they have is 60 years old, and operates scenic flights from the Warbirds base in Ardmore, South Auckland (Manukau). For NZ$65, you get a twenty-five to thirty minute flight over the city at a wonderful viewing height of between 250 and 300 metres. The plane is kitted out with a modern aircraft interior with only aircon missing (it can be pretty warm in summer inside). I can thoroughly recommend this trip for anyone wanting to see Auckland from a different perspective. The take-off and landing of this old plane is like nothing you'll expereince on a modern jet. It is extremely smooth and you feel like you are gliding into the air rather more naturally than it seems on a 747 or the like. Everyone gets a few seconds in the cockpit to see the operational side of things too.
    The DC3 can be chartered as well.

    ZK-DAK, Ardmore Aerodrome.

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