Precision Aerospace / Precision Airmotive Pty Ltd
Owner: Murray Griffiths (deceased 2011) - Doug Hamilton
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 Airport to the hanger formally used by Air World.
Inside, they the hanger Precision established an active restoration facility and aircraft display area 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 in 2007. After owner Murray Griffiths passed away in 2011, the company was purchased by Mr. Doug Hamilton. Tom Scott is the chief engineer.
Aircraft Under Restoration, Storage or Display
Aircraft under restoration or being used in restorations.
Ki-61 Tony Manufacture
Displayed at Precision, reportedly, under restoration for PNG Museum
A-20G "Big Nig" Serial
Salvaged by the RAAF, acquired by Precision in 2004, fuselage repainted
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
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 in the markings of P-40E Kittyhawk A29-113 assigned to S/Ldr Cresswell
P-40N Warhawk Serial Number 42-105913
Recovered from Iron Range Airfield, under restoration
L-5B Sentinel Serial Number 42-99639
Displayed at the museum with the wings removed, 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
Spitfire Mark V
Recovered from a swamp. No other
No information. Fuselage being worked on.
Ex RAAF Under
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
Aircraft restored or formally displayed at Precision
List of aircraft that were restored or formally displayed at Precision Aerospace / Precision Airmotive.
Restored to flying condition, stored at Precision from 2002-2007 sold to a buyer in France
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."
The Wings Over New Zealand Aviation Forum - RIP Murray Griffiths
Facebook - RAAF Museum and Heritage Centres May 20, 2016 (photo)
"The Bostons were not the only aircraft which departed from Point Cook today for Wangaratta. Kittyhawk, A29-28, also moved out to undergo a facelift at Wangaratta over the next couple of months before rejoining the Museum, hopefully looking much better than she does now."
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May 3, 2016