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“Caught in the act”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition 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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Den Haag, The Netherlands
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“Caught in the act”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

On a rainy morning, in Blenheim, what do you do? Visit this Sir Peter Jackson supported museum of WW1 planes. OK, most of them are not original, but this is more than made up by the way (or the air?) they're displayed. The only thing lacking is the smell of earth, petroleum and sweat. The display of the death of the Red Barron tops it all.

Visited January 2013
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“Jewel in the Crown”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

What a great place to visit for all ages. Just amazing. Well done Marlborough. So authentic. History almost brought alive

Visited January 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“A right stunner”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

My girlie instincts told me not to go but as a good and dutiful partner I went along - also because our hosts told us it was fantastic. Girls, don't be put off. Even if you know nothing about airplanes and care even less, you cannot help but be seriously impressed with this museum. The trick is that it is in partnership with Peter Jackson and Weta Workshops so the settings and the quality are absolutely top notch. The realism and attention to detail is spectacular and the extensive range of accessories, uniforms etc are excellent. The guide who dipped in and out telling us little anecdotes was perfect. He knew when to share a story and when to move on. Go!

Visited January 2013
Thank Linda K
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“Very well set out”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great 2 hour visit to this small aviation museum. The way the planes are set out is amazing and the models excellent. Very informative and I had to drag hubby out!!!

Visited January 2013
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Left thebig Boys here to visit and now wish the girls had gone too!They havnt stopped taliking about it and how many photos did they take???

Visited January 2013
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