Hunter Valley Vintage Wings provide safe, exciting flying experiences in a 1940's Tigermoth and a 1956 Winjeel. Also on display, a rare 1941 Boeing Stearman "Grand Champion Award 2011" , another Tigermoth "Best Tigermoth Award 2014, 470hp Pitts 12 and a Harvard./p>

The aircraft have undergone extensive ground up restoration's and are in immaculate flying condition. Recognised by the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, Winning various awards at National Level including "Best Biplane", "Best Tigermoth Restoration" and "Grand Champion".

Also available for flights and capable of taking 3 passengers is an Australian designed and built, 1956 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation "Winjeel", number 27 of 62

Our Services

- Adventure Flights to experience what it was like 75 years ago to fly in an open cockpit.
- Museum Information Sessions to learn the history of these unique aircraft. FREE ENTRY
- Photography for Weddings, Magazines, Photography Clubs, Television, Motion Picture and more.
- Venue for unique intimate private and corporate events, meetings, weddings, award ceremony's upto 80 people.

The Beginning, Hunter Valley Vintage Wings flying museum

Hunter Valley Vintage Wings is the brain child of the son of the late, Bob Merkenhof 1950-2009. After lovingly restoring a 1940 Tiger Moth and winning the Antique Aircraft Association of Australia's 2004 Best Tiger Moth, Bob started another restoration project which was left as unfinished business due to heart failure, age 59.

Bob's son Ben continued the passion for flight and vowed to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the lust for vintage aircraft that Bob had. In November 2010, Ben named his fathers project in his memory when "Big Bob" roared into life again.

 Early in 2011 ""Big Bob" was complete, airworthy and awe inspiring. The task was to fly Big Bob 5,500+km across Australia and attend the National Antique Aeroplane Association of Austrlia's Annual Show and Award Ceremony. Ben also thought it would be a good opportunity to help raise awareness of the important work that the Heart Research Institute was carrying out to help others not suffer the consequences of heart disease as his father, the late Bob Merkenhof, had done. At Echuca, on the Murray River Bob and Ben's efforts were rewarded with the top award of "Grand Champion".

After the show, with the accolades and the award safely stowed away, Big Bob winged his way to the Hunter Valley. The sum total for the trip was 32 flying hours, 23 fuel stops, 1680 liters of fuel, 20 qts of oil, a flat tyre and 3 1/2 weeks. Big Bob was finally home.

Once the fan fare had dissappated, Ben thought, "what now? Opening the doors of Hunter Valley Vintage Wings as a Flying Museum to share the aircraft seems like the right thing to do. But something is missing. I mean, Dad did the tigermoth VH-EEI, we sort of did the Stearman, "Big Bob" together, but apart. I think i should do a Tigermoth myself."

Early in 2014, Ben's new project was complete. A stunning example of a Tigermoth. That year, Tigermoth VH-YYI, was complete and christened, "Little Bob", after his new born Son. Little Bob accompanied by 2011 Grand Champion, Big Bob, flew to Temora for that years National Antique Aeroplane Association's national show and won "The Lance Fletcher Memorial Award for Best Tiger Moth Restoration". Little Bob, Tiger Moth VH - YYI, had not flown since 1947. Another award winning addition to Australia's Vintage Aircraft History.

"We are proud to be able to offer these unique aircraft and a very special experience to you from my Dad, Bob."

Ben Merkenhof.

The Map below is a tracking map,no longer in use. Please disregard.

Hi Ben,
Thanks for the video. Still pinch myself. Is that me!! EEI is beautiful. Thank you for coast run. Magic.  Leonie