Heritage Rescue

A key activity of Vintage Kiwi is to encourage and facilitate the preservation of gliders important to the New Zealand gliding heritage.

These can include gliders from earlier eras, out of production classic glider types, be it wood, wood and fabric, or fibreglass, one-off gliders, home-built gliders, or gliders that have flown significant record breaking flights in their day, types owned by famous pilots, or just a trainer that everyone has learned to fly on in the old days....

Our members play a vital role in locating, rescuing and restoring gliders that are no-longer airworthy for one reason or another. Collaboration with museums and other aviation organizations often sees these gliders literally being saved from the bonfire.

See below for a brief summary of the various rescue projects around the country, and follow the associated links for further information.

The list is continuously growing as year by year more of these restored gliders can be admired in museums, and ever more often, to be seen in the air, flown by VK pilots and enthusiasts.

Many of these saved projects bring pleasure to past pilots who may have flown them or the same type, sparking fond memories of the good old days.


The Vintage & Classic Glider Club of New Zealand Inc