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“Name should refer to Knights of the Sky and Dangerous Skies, or they should be separate reviews”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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US$27.63*
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka...
Ranked #2 of 73 things to do in Blenheim
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Omaka Avation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own collection of World War One aircraft and artifacts. The story of aviation, its development and the men that flew them, is brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. The aircraft are a unique mix of originals and replicas, some of which are flyable and/or can only be seen at Omaka including the Caproni CA.22. The Centre boasts an extensive collection of memorabilia and these are divided into two areas, one devoted to the Allies and the other to the Central Powers. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is extremely privileged to be the caretakers of these historical treasures, which include personal items of Manfred von Richthofen, the legendary Red Baron, top scoring Allied ace Frenchman Rene Fonck, top scroring American ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Germany's Ernst Udet ranked second only to Richtohfen when WW1 ended and the infamous Herman Goering. The Knights of the Sky Exhibition is a display like no other and you don't have to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy it!
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Not everyone will choose to see both the WWI Knights of the Sky Peter Jackson exhibit and the Dangerous Skies WWII exhibit. It is a pricey duo, unless you are a senior or student and you get a discount. They are both fascinating.

The Knights of the Sky has 16 different aircraft along with super back up documentation and ephemera. The Weta Workshop technicians make the people look alive, incredible technology! I felt the highlight was the scene created around the Red Baron's plane crash. It took us almost two hours for this exhibition.

The Dangerous skies is not as large or busy as the 1st setting, but it does have 13 of the best flying machines from the 2nd world war. The European Theater takes up 95% of the display and the most mind blowing exhibit is the eight minute film on the Stalingrad Experience. You are In It. two wall photography with scary close action. Really a strong piece. After that is a small Pacific Theater memorabilia set, followed by the MK.14 Spitfire.
Outside there is a DC3 and a front loading royal mail merchant courier, and an unexploded bomb. What a great full half day experience.
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

I had some high expectations of the Omaka aircraft collection, having heard a bit about it and knowing that Peter Jackson and Weta workshops were involved etc but was completely unprepared for the quite astonishing exhibition of both WW1 and WW2 aircraft. No description of "realistic, life-like displays" can do it justice - it is simply outstanding and has to be seen and experienced. The history and context is brilliantly presented - I would say it is not to be missed. Allow many hours if you like to browse slowly - it took me from 11 to 5 - with an hour for lunch at the excellent cafe

Thank gmacman
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

We only visited the WWI section of the museum on this visit, but the Peter Jackson team has done an amazing job displaying the beautiful, restored aircraft in realistic scenes. Don't miss the bi-plane rides over the valley, for stunning views and a once in a lifetime experience!

Thank lisbongirl2014
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

From the moment you step into the WWI building your breath is taken away. The vintage aircraft and the careful and thoughtful way in which each display has been mounted is world class. So many items of personal belonging from people in history - especially those involved with aviation history. Herman Goering's tunic and hat, The Red Baron's uniforms and the incredible display. It has to be seen to be really appreciated. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Brownie1944
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

I thought I’d make hubby happy and accompany him on a visit to an aviation museum. Recently been to MOTAT so thought - hohum, just some more planes! Was blown away by how it was presented. We looked through the WW1 section first before a break for lunch in the cafe(good coffee and yummy frittata ) then we explored the WW11 section. Both parts were outstanding thanks to the obvious input of Sir Peter and the Weta team. Outstanding displays, awesome replicas and real planes! The history notes were very interesting and the Stalingrad bombing thought provoking. Highly recommend a visit to this museum whether you like planes or not! Enjoy brilliant representation of a slice of history that is scary to contemplate.

Thank rosanneg955
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