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A former World War II torpedo bomber that spent 10 years in a children's playground is close to finishing a year-long restoration by Tauranga's Classic Flyers.
The 1943 Grumman Avenger is on loan from the Gisborne Aircraft Preservation Society after it became clear the society did not have the manpower for a restoration.
"It is looking more like an aeroplane, as opposed to the wreck that arrived here," Classic Flyers spokesman Garry Bentley said. The Avenger was the first of its type to arrive in New Zealand and operated as part of the New Zealand Royal Air Force's training wing until the aircraft was retired in 1959.