Tuesday, 17 January 2012

That Taieri Auster.

Mit has asked about the Auster that was in the background to one of the photos in the Pulsar #2 blog below.Almost certainly Auster J-1 ZK-AUO (c/n 1955). This was built as G-AHAX and registered to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes - England Ltd on 02-04-1946 and had two private English owners before being imported into NZ to become ZK-AUO on 11-07-1950 with Mort Vanderpump of Napier City Air Services. After a period with the Napier Aero Club from June 1952, and a private owner at Raetihi from July 1954 it moved south to Southern Scenic Air Services Ltd at Queenstown from 30-07-1955. From 1957 onwards it has had a whole bunch of private owners.
The photo above was taken at Luggate on 27-12-1971 whilst in the ownership of A J L McDonald and Dudley Waters of Dunedin.
 Above was at Queenstown on 13-04-1974
 On 25-01-1981 it was at the Pudding Hill fly in - ownership being with Shields, Mason and Harris.
By 06-09-1984 it was listed with K J Mason and J C Sinclair. Pic above was shot at Taieri on 01-04-1985. It was cancelled from the register on 08-05-1991 as pending rebuild.
The Auster J-1 ZK-APO (c/n 2212) was also operating around the Queenstown, Taieri area over the same time period. also in a red and white scheme and they were easily mistaken for each other, until AUO adopted the yellow with thin brown trim scheme.


  1. It doesn't look like much has happened between the 1985 and 2003 shots - 18 years!

    Is she still in the same hangar?
    Is the project still proceeding?

  2. ZK-AUO is currently in storage in a Garage in Waikanae, in much the same condition as shown in the photo in the blog. Whilst I would like to get it back in the air the cost appears to be prohibitive.

    Kevin Mason

  3. Thanks for the update Kevin.

    Good to hear that it is still extant.