GORE AIR FORCE & AG-AVIATION
Southland owned and operated
Home-built Air Force Memorial.
Over the years this "Special Feature" page has hosted a series of
various aviation topics and
subjects of interest. This time round I thought a page on a little known aviation museum to be
found in the deep south of New Zealand would make an exciting read and viewing subject.
The privately owned museum is located at a residential address in Gore and features a series
of aircraft, helicopters and sheds full of aviation memorabilia. It is all accessible to the
public and photographs are welcome. The museum is owned and run by Gore local
Roy Richardson, a life-long aviation enthusiast and historian who likes to meet and
talk with visiting aviation fans.
Roy welcomes visitors most days to his museum with a small donation
going toward maintenance and the general running of the site.
The museum's location can be found at the bottom of this page.
General view of the museum buildings and surroundings.
FEATURED AIRCRAFT & COLLECTIONS
Cessna A188 Agwagon / civil reg.: ZK-CQZ / msn: A188-0171
Top-dressing agricultural (AG) aircraft.
DeHavilland DH.82A Tiger Moth / RNZAF s/n: NZ1484 / msn: DHNZ164
A New Zealand built Tiger Moth that flew as a top-dresser post-RNZAF service.
Hughes Model 269A-1 / civil reg.: ZK-HGD / msn: 15-0025
Components are preserved here as it was modified in 1980 for
the filming of Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981).
Hughes Model 369HS / civil reg.: N369CL / msn: 26-0792S
Never flown in New Zealand, used as a parts source.
The collection also features a disassembled Fisher FP202 Koala (reg.: ZK-FMK); parts of various
aircraft including a Hudson fuel tank, Mosquito prop spinner, Lancaster parts and several propellers;
military uniforms, bullet shell casings, photos, posters, books and magazines. Theres also a shed with
a radio set and various other racked electronic equipment.
New Zealand built DH.82A Tiger Moth, s/n: NZ1484.
Cessna A188 Agwagon, ZK-CQZ, stored outdoors but with covers.
Hughes 300, ZK-HGD, crashed in 1974. The stored wreckage was acquired in 1980 and modified for the high-powered
motion picture Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981). It was fitted with short rotor-blades connected to an electric
motor and used to film actor close-ups of Ken Wahl, Leslie Ann Warren and Donald Pleasence as they pretended
to fly among the Queenstown mountains. The real flying helicopter used for the film was Hughes 300, ZK-HHQ, as
can be seen in the movie's poster above right.
Hughes 500C, N369CL, currently being restored by Roy Richardson.
Fisher FP202 Koala, ZK-FMK, stored indoors - thats Roy sneaking past!.
Museum owner Roy Richardson with his Tiger Moth.
GORE AIR FORCE & AG-AVIATION MUSEUM
Owner / Operator: Roy Richardson
43 Maitland Street
WARNING: Theft of museum parts or collections is a cowardly and
despicable act. Offenders will be named and shamed!
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