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Bring Our Birds Home

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'Bring Our Birds Home' is a campaign to save and recover 6 significant New Zealand air frames of historical and cultural importance.

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'Bring Our Birds Home' is a campaign to save and recover 6 significant air frames that have played their part in the history and culture of New Zealand aviation over the past 6 decades.

These former New Zealand ordered and delivered airliners are in different locations across the globe.

Funds will be used to initially save and secure via purchase of the derelict DC-8-52, B737-219, Hs 748 and DC-10-30 asap and later facilitate the reclaiming of a B747-419 and L-188 Electra as they are withdrawn from commercial service in the next 3 - 8 years.

These aircraft were all originally delivered to TEAL, NAC and Air NZ and Mt Cook Airlines - the only ones remaining, modern day equivalents to the mighty Maori ancestral waka.

This is phase one, with your help, recovery/storage/restoration can go ahead if phase one is successful.

As of April 2018 - Bring Our Birds Home is a registered Charitable Trust.

Use of funds:

Funds will be used to send recce parties lead by broadcaster Paul Brennan with an aircraft structural engineer and a negotiator to the four overseas locations (Brasil, USA, Bangladesh and Cuba to ascertain if the DC-8-52, B737-219, Hs 748 and DC-10-30 can be saved, secured and recovered.

These aircraft were all originally delivered to TEAL, NAC, Air NZ and Mt Cook Airlines - they are only ones remaining - modern day equivalents to the mighty Maori ancestral waka.

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To save, secure, recover, repatriate, store and eventually display six New Zealand Airliner air frames of national historical and cultural significance.

“I won’t hold my breath, but I also won’t not try to help. This’d be awesome, surely Air New Zealand would want to be part of this?”
“fingers crossed for all of them”
“This contribution came through the sale of 2 sets of 3 seater Air New Zealand plane seats.”
“If I wasn't a student I'd donate more, This is a fantastic cause and one I dearly hope is successful.”
“An "Awesome" idea Paul, and it''s great to see if one is donating to the cause to "Bring our birds home", for future generation to see here in our very own backyard. Thankyou Ricki.”
“on behalf of Capt I. W. Russell who flew ZK NZC in the 60's and 70's. Looking forward to seeing these planes home”
“Awesome work Paul”
“Fantastic cause. I wish Paul and the trust all the very best in achieving this goal. Looking forward to a visit to Wanaka someday!”
“A great concept - loved the podcast episode on WONZ. Looking forward to jumping across the Tasman to see some of these birds in a few years.”
“On behalf of @julian4811 :)”
  • $24,060.00 donated
  • 299 generous donors

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