Ride in a historic bomber or fighter plane


The Yak 3 Russian fighter was imported and lovingly restored by its Blenheim-based owner Graeme...
The Yak 3 Russian fighter was imported and lovingly restored by its Blenheim-based owner Graeme Frew and first took to the Kiwi skies in 2012. Photo: fighterflights.co.nz
The world’s only airworthy Avro Anson MK 1 bomber and a Russian fighter Yak 3 plane called Full Noise will be landing at Ashburton Airport next month - and there’s an opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime spin in both.

The aircraft will be in the town as part of Southern Cross Barnstormers, a touring event that will also touch down in Wanaka, Pukaki and Rangiora.

The Avro Anson, called Gentle Annie, will take people on a 25-minute flight for a cost of $990.

The Yak 3 fighter will be airborne for 20 minute flights that cost $2300.

Ashburton Aviation Museum president Warren Janett said the aircraft would be here for the afternoon of August 19 and the morning of August 20.

He said the Yak 3 experience would offer a high energy adrenaline rush in one of the best fighters of World War 2.

The Avro flight would offer a more sedate ride and taste of what it was like to fly as crew in a World War 2 reconnaissance bomber.

Janett said the aviation museum was planning to have a World War 2 morning at the airfield on August 20.

The event was at the planning stage at the moment.

To book a flight on the Avro Anson or Yak 3, visit fighterflights.co.nz.



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