Hi there! This site hopes to answer a little wish that I have had for a while, to have a web presence for my favourite aircraft collection on the planet, that of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Formed back in 1964 the museum the aircraft collection is the largest in New Zealand and certainly rivals many other major museums in the world.
first visited the museum as a very young boy, and enjoyed every part of
exploring the grounds of both the main museum site, and the long over
grown grass around the planes of the "Keith Park Memorial Airfield". My
volunteer work involvement with MOTAT began as a young teenager (around
1987) when I began to spent Sunday's, and at the holidays Wednesday's
helping out around the place. This began with just working on my own,
cutting the grass and washing the planes, and ending with many years of
learning and adventures with the aircraft collection.
collection is generally very poorly understood or recorded and I have
always been keen to have a website that records the history and current
condition of the wonderful aircraft in this collection. This is my
second or third attempt at this aim.
For general information on MOTAT in general, and three brief paragraphs on the aircraft collection see the official site at http://www.motat.org.nz/ or for another brief list see the Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOTAT_collections#Aircraft Another good site that has a large number of photos online is at http://www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/musmotat.html
site is under construction and as such I have simply quoted other
sources from the internet for some aircraft. Over the coming months
(years) I hope to correct this situation and have all of my own material
replacing these temporary entries. My main aim is to share my first
hand experiences of the aircraft and their history, as there is so much
mis-information on the web and on bulletin boards, at best wrong, at
worst, terrible invented stories based on hear say.
free to contact me for additions, corrections, comments, feedback or
complaints, and I hope you enjoy the great aircraft of this collection
as much as I have over the last 30 years.
- Backbone of the volunteer team at Motat: John, Ron Wilson, Clive, Norm the curator, Ken Becket (Motat)
- Aerial view of the Motat 2 museum site (Goggle)