Cessna 180 ZK-BDE c/n 30459 gained its NZ C of A with Rural Aviation of New Plymouth on 14-12-1953 and went to Southern Scenic Air Services at Queenstown.. By late November of 1960 it was with Hewett Aviation of Invercargill. It went back to Rural Aviation before being acquired by Richard Raywood who traded as Air Safaris and Services. It carried the name "Mesopotamia" in the early 1970's. Next move was to Rex Aviation on 01-06-1973 and two weeks later was listed with Kiwi Holiday Cottages of Auckland. March 1976 had it with Walter Holdings of Wanganui and then to C A Rowland at Longburn on 02-02-1977. BDE Syndicate of Hanmer Springs feature from 13-12-1999 before its final move to Brian Atkinson at Hanmer from 20-08-2003. It was cancelled from our register on 10-09-08 as exported !
The three photos of rather poor quality are digital photos of the original prints taken in rather poor light this aftermoon. Above it is at Aeroteck Timaru on 03-09-1968 (Note the aircraft in the hangar behind it).