Sunday, 26 September 2010

Beavers & Beavers # 12 ZK-CMW

De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver , c/n 1084 , was delivered to DH Australia on 20-10-1957 and joined the Aerial Agricultural Pty Ltd fleet as VH-AAL3 on 19-12-1957. It moved over to Robby's Aerial Services of Parafield, South Australia on 24-01-1963 as VH-RAL.
Its Australian registration was cancelled on 10-08-1965 on export to NZ where it flew for the first time on 02-09-1965 and was registered to Air Contracts Ltd of Masterton on 04-09-1965 as ZK-CMW.
It had at least two accidents; both near Pahiatua; first was a wire strike on 14-03-1966. The second was on 19-06-1968.
ZK-CMW at Dannevirke 1967 or 1968.
Photo via Ray Deerness
It was sold damaged to Fieldair Ltd on 03-02-1969. After repair it was used as a training aircraft as it was dual control. It was withdrawn from use on 14-07-1975 having flown 8915 hours. Title moved to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd of Palmerston North on 18-11-1980 until its registration was cancelled on 30-03-1984. It was transferred to the RNZAF Museum at Wigram in January 1986 and was reworked to represent the RNZAF Beaver NZ6001/NZ6010 , c/n 911 , which was lost in an incident on the Beardmore Glacier on 15-01-1960.
ZK-CMW as NZ6001 being prepared for display at Wigram 27-01-1987.
Two views of ZK-CMW as "NZ6001" as seen January 1999.
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