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Open Cockpit

Open Cockpit

Past event

Discover the history and stories behind the aircraft from our expert team at our Open Cockpit event!




Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to take the pilot's seat in three of our aircraft - wartime fighter, jet, or iconic helicopter - the choice is yours! 


Choose either a standard or premium package, with a host of additional experiences and souvenirs of the event.

What better gift for Dad this Father’s Day, or why not treat yourself?

Bookings are essential, and with a limited number of spaces available, these will operate on a ‘first in, first served’ basis.

Don’t miss out, register online today by completing the form below or contact our Public Programmes team directly: 343 9504

All proceeds from our Open Cockpit event go towards helping preserve our world-class military aviation collection.

Air Force Museum - Open Cockpit

Choose from these two tailored packages

Premium Open Cockpit Experience - $115

  • 15 minutes in each cockpit of your choice of three aircraft*
  • A themed gift pack, which includes a postcard set as well as other unique giveaways.
  • AFM Aircraft t-shirt.
  • Ticket for our “Mosquito Mission” flight simulator.

Standard Open Cockpit Experience - $85

  • 15 minutes in each cockpit of your choice of three aircraft*
  • A themed gift pack, which includes a souvenir booklet as well as other unique giveaways.


Aircraft options

Choose two of the following:

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe

North American P-51 Mustang

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

Choose one of the following:




Aermacchi MB-339CB

Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux

Register here


Checketts Engine
Johnny Checketts’ Spitfire Engine

Learn more about the remarkable tale of how Kiwi fighter ace Johnny Checketts’ wartime crash site was rediscovered.

Plan your group visit

Find out all you need to know about planning your education group visit to the Air Force Museum.

Aircraft Hall

Originally built as an aircraft hangar during World War Two, the Aircraft Hall is home to 13 stunning vintage aircraft, all displayed under theatrical lighting.

Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

We welcome visitors of all abilities