Grumman TBM-3E Avenger VH-TBM (c/n 4015) was built by GM for the US Navy in
about mid 1945. It was sold off in 1958 and popped up on the US register sometime about 1963 as N6827C. The Alpine Deer Group picked it up and registered it in NZ as ZK-TBM on 18-11-1992. They painted it up to represent NZ2518 'Plonky".
It ferried out of NZ via Auckland, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands to Toowoomba on 05 and 06-05-1999 for Malitone Pty Ltd of Clayfield, Queensland.
It was recently purchased by Brendon Deere and flown back to NZ on 23 and 24-03-2012 just in time for the RNZAF 75th Ohakea display. It is likely that it will become ZK-TBE in the near future.