Fighter Ace Wall
Two display at Warbirds & Wheels are dedicated to the Pilots of World War I & World War II, and we welcome any email enquiries regarding any names on this wall.
Roll of Honour Wall
Commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by nearly 800 New Zealand Pilots, Air-gunners and Navigators who flew fighter aircraft during the World Wars of 1914 – 1918 and 1939-1945.
Fighter Ace Wall
This wall displays biographies of 15 World War I Fighter Aces and 80 World War II Fighter Aces. The term Fighter Ace is generally held to mean a pilot who has scored at least five victories in air-to-air combat. In the case of night fighter and multi-seat day fighter aircraft, the navigator/radar operator, without whose assistance the pilot could not have reached his total, is named where possible.
While the tribute highlights the Aces, it does not seek to sensationalise their achievements. There were many fine pilots who for reasons of circumstance or opportunity were unable to build up ace scores.
Grahame Sydney Lithographs & Etchings
We have on display in our Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest private collection of over 50 lithographs and etchings by Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney.
Wanaka Wearable Creations
On display in our art gallery, are over 15 creations by Wanaka artists. Using materials such as shade cloth, electrical wire, ANZAC poppies, shotgun bullet shells and butterflies, the costumes on display show the local talent in Wanaka.
The Wanaka Wearable Creations show is an bi-event and there should another show in 2018.
Ralph Watson Workshop
Some regard Ralph Watson as Auckland’s answer to Southland’s Burt Munro. The difference is that Burt Munro’s obsession with speed led to the movie The World’s Fastest Indian and fame, while Watson died in the mid-2000s in relative obscurity.
A fan, who prefers to remain anonymous, arranged for Watson’s entire workshop to be shifted from Point Chevalier in Auckland to the museum and everything returned to its original place – from the old belt-driven lathe on which he created engineering masterpieces down to the slippers he wore while he did it.
One of Mr Watson’s achievements was his Lycoming Special open-cockpit racing sports car, which is on display alongside the workshop. It won the 50-mile sports car race in Dunedin in 1965 and is regarded by Mr Watson’s fans as ”arguably New Zealand’s most iconic race car”.
Also on display is the 5113cc rotary valve aeroplane engine Mr Watson built on his belt-driven lathe.