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The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts. This story of aviation in the Great War is brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. The theatrical treatment is both innovative and visually stunning.

Just opened is Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s second exhibition ‘Dangerous Skies’. Featuring stories from World War II, these are tales of daring, valour and tragedy stretching from the British Isles to the forests of Germany, an embattled but courageous Russia and the steaming hot jungles of South East Asia.

Undoubtedly two of the star attractions of the new exhibition are a twin engine bomber, the world’s only flyable Mk1 Avro Anson and a Griffon powered Mk.XIVe Spitfire. Let us not forget the men that flew these magnificent machines and this time, women also feature more prominently. Russia’s Lydia Litvyak or the “White Lily of Stalingrad” as she was known in Soviet press releases, was the top scoring female ace and has been brought to life with a hauntingly life-like mannequin fashioned by the cinematic geniuses at Weta Workshop.

Dangerous Skies may be a darker exhibition than Knights of the Sky but amongst the darkness is also moments of light. Such as the tale of New Zealander James Hayter, a pilot in the RAF who was shot down over England only to parachute into the middle of a garden party. In direct contrast, Southern Russia was the stage for the Battle of Stalingrad, a military engagement that saw terrible losses for both Russia and Germany. This section of the exhibition is comprised of memorabilia and an immersive experience that is both entertaining and chillingly thought provoking.

Located just minutes from the centre of Blenheim, Omaka opens daily from 9am-5pm, offering exclusive merchandise and great coffee.

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79 Aerodrome Road, Omaka, Blenheim

Phone: 03 579 1305

Email: info@omaka.org.nz

Web: http://www.omaka.org.nz

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