Welcome to the home pages of the Antarctic Aviation Preservation Society

Fokker Super Universal on surface of Lake Aquamarine, Rockefeller Mountains,
Antarctica taken in December 1998. Photo - Max Wenden

Bernt Balchen's story
Photos taken in Dec1987
Photos taken in Dec 1998
Fokker CF-AAM
Photos taken in Nov 2001

The Antarctic Aviation Preservation Society (AAPS) is a society whose members are dedicated to the preservation of items of historical interest associated with Antarctic exploration involving New Zealand and aviation. The AAPS are also actively involved in research into any Antarctic exploration involving aviation.

Following incorporation in 1998, the Society is initially concerned with the recovery and restoration of the Fokker Super Universal Virginia which Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd took with him on his first expedition to Antarctica in 1928-30. Virginia was the first aircraft to land on the Antarctic mainland. It was wrecked during a storm when it was ripped from its tie-downs by a gust of wind estimated to be around 150 mph. The aircraft flew backwards for almost a kilometre before crashing back onto the surface of a frozen lake.

Objectives of the Antarctic Aviation Preservation Society

The purposes of the Society are:

How to contact us . . .

For membership details or other information, please contact:

Chris Rudge (Secretary). Phone: (hm/wk) +64 3 3287730; fax +64 3 3287754; cell 025 614 5905; email Chris.Rudge@xtra.co.nz ; P.O.Box 240, Lyttelton, New Zealand.

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