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In 1936 the Avro Anson MKI entered service with Britain’s Royal Airforce in the Coastal Reconnaissance Bomber role.

This aircraft is the last of some 11,000 built that is still flying today and is available for adventure flights based out of Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.

The flights take in some beautiful Marlborough scenery, but the main attraction is the opportunity to experience what it was like for the young aircrews who went out day after day to take the fight to the enemy, whether it be chasing submarines in the North Sea or bombing Hitlers invasion barges in the French ports.

The interior of the Anson has been faithfully restored to how it looked when the Anson’s were on front line service between 1939 and 1941 including replica machine guns and anti-submarine bombs.

All crew positions including Co-Pilot, Navigator/Bomb Aimer, Radio Operator and air Gunner are as they were when the aircraft was in military service.

Why is it Chuffed Worthy?

We paid a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum and were lucky enough to be guided through the hangar where this incredible plane is kept, amongst some very neat other toys! Sitting in the plane & imagining flying in it was one thing, and we will be eternally jealous of whoever gets to take off & fly the skies of Marlborough in her!

Avro Anson Joyride

30 Minutes

$999 NZD

Flight Experience over Marlborough in the World’s only Flyable Mk.1 Avro Anson Bomber Plane

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Important Information
  • Please note a Minimum 2 Customers is required for this flight, this voucher covers the cost of one passenger
  • Flights are approximately 25mins of flight time, however, allow 1.5 hours for the whole experience including full safety briefing and familiarization with the aircraft and of course an opportunity for photos.  Longer flights are available on request.
  • Age, height and weight restrictions may apply.
  • Minimum of two* passengers required, maximum three.
  • We encourage you to pre book at least two days in advance to avoid disappointment.

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