Precision Aerospace / Precision Airmotive
Owner - Murray Griffith (deceased)
Postal address: P.O. Box 90, Glenrowan, VIC 3675 Australia
Facility address: Wangaratta Airport, Greta Road, Wangaratta,VIC
Admission $5.00 (adults), closed to the public, see below
Precision Aerospace is a restoration and parts manufacturing company for warbirds founded in 1997. The company moved from Melbourne to Wangaratta to occupy the hanger formally used by Air World.
Inside, they have an active restoration shop and aircraft on display, known as "Pacific Aircraft Museum". Precision is a sub-contractor for Fighter Factory / Gerald Yagen on a number of restorations. The company does not have an official website at present. Also known as Precision Aerospace Productions (PAP).
During the 2000's until 2006, Precision Aerospace had the "Pacific Aircraft Museum" open to the public on a donation basis. The museum was closed to the publc. After the owner Murray Griffith passed away, the company was renamed Precision Airmotive.
Restored to flying condition, stored at Precision from 2002 - 2007 sold to a buyer in France
Ki-61 Tony Manufacture
Displayed at Precision, reportedly, under restoration for PNG Museum
A-20G "Big Nig" Serial
Salvaged by the RAAF, acquired by Murray Griffith displayed & stored at Precision
CA-16 Wirraway Serial
CA-6 Wackett Serial Number A3-22
Formally Air World collection, displayed at Precision until 2004, moved to RAAF Musuem Point Cook
Vultee Vengence Mark IIA Serial Number A27-247
Center section displayed at Precision
Aircraft under restoration or being used in restorations.
P-40E Kittyhawk Serial
P-40N Warhawk Serial
section only original, rest of aircraft new built. First flight March 6, 2016
P-40M Kittyhawk A29-366
Under restoration and offered for sale
P-40M Kittyhawk Serial
P-39F Airacobra Serial
Recovered from Cape York.
Under restoration to flying condition
Ki-61 Tony Manufacture Number 640
Arrived 2004, under restoration to be returned to PNG Museum
Ki-61 Tony Manufacture Number 299
Arrived 2004, under restoration from the PNG Museum
F4U-1D Corsair Bureau Number 82640
Under restoration at Precision Aerospace, owned by Gerald Yagen
FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 87833
Recovered from Lake Washington, owned by Gerald Yagen
Under restoration for Gerald Yagen
P-40E Warhawk Serial
Recovered from Russia by Gerald Yagen under restoration as Cresswel's Darwin aircraf
Outdoor Storage Area
Outside the main restoration and display hanger, there are several aircraft wrecks in storage.
P-38G "Dumbo!" Serial Number 42-12847 Number 37
Salvaged by Robert Greinert in 2002, move to Precision 2004, owner Gerald Yagen
P-38H "Japanese Sandman II" Serial Number 42-66905
Tail booms salvaged by Robert Greinert in 2000, move to Precision 2004, owner Gerald Yagen
Other aircraft reportedly displayed or stored at Precision:
Spitfire Mark V
Recovered from a swamp. No other
No information. Fuselage being worked on.
Ex RAAF Under
L-5B Serial Number 42-99639
Displayed at the museum with the wings removed, in storage
Freighter Mk.31 VH-ADL
Ex Pakistan Air Force S4438
Ex RAAF 77 Squadron
CA-25 Winjeel A85-402/02 VH-BFX
CA-25 Winjeel A85-442/42 VH-NTN
I (A34-30) VH-AON
DH89B Vampire (NZ524) VH-BGP ex
Ex SAAF Under restoration
Classic Wings, Issue 61, 2007 notes:
"CLOSURE OF PUBLIC ACCESS: For several years, it was possible for members of the public to visit the workshop and view the active restoration work along with some of the as yet unrestored machines suitably displayed in dioramas etc. This was well managed by a team of volunteers however whilst this program did provide some positive benefits, it was decided after some deliberation that the interruption to work flow caused by the visitors wanting to speak with restoration staff took too high a toll on productivity. Additionally, erroneous and misleading information started appearing on some of the less reliable websites so the policy of easy access was terminated and the doors were reluctantly closed to visitors in 2006."
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August 24, 2016