Friday, 22 October 2010
Blast from the past
I can add a few snips of info:-
ZK-BMH was destroyed in a fire at Invercargill on 15-08-1962.
The Rapides were operated by New Zealand National Airways Corporation.
The fate of those Rapide/Dominies:-
ZK-AKS went to Southern Scenic Air Services in September of 1956 and crashed on Mt Soho 15-06-1965.
ZK-AKT to West Coast Airways in November 1956 and crashed in the Shotover River on 15-04-1967.
ZK-AKU went to the Nelson Aero Club. Still current with the NZ Historic Aircraft Trust.
ZK-ALB went to Trans Island Airways in July 1957 and went to Australia & I think is still around.
Of the Fletchers
ZK-BHB went to Aircraft Services (NZ) Ltd in December of 1958 to crash 20-03-1962.
ZK-BHK went to Otago Air Service in August 1960 and is still active.
ZK-BHN went to Barr Bros and crashed 25-01-61.
ZK-BIB was not used by SOAT, but :-
ZK-BIC was, and went to Air Parts in 1960 and crashed 04-11-1964.
ZK-BIG also went to Air Parts and crashed on 09-04-1966.
The Rearwin ZK-AIP served as NZ565 with the RNZAF during WW11.
As ZK-AIP post war it was involved in a fatal crash at Tasman Downs on 28-03-1956.