Saturday, 21 April 2012
Some recent taildragger sightings.
Above is the Wanaka based Auster J-1B Autocrat ZK-AOB (c/n 2166) as owned by Brian Hore from Nokomai Station. This was imported as an Auster J-1 by the NZ agents, Boon and Co Ltd and registered on 19-02-1947 for delivery to Eric Grey of Hokianga in June. It went through a long succession of well known NZ aviation personalities; including Faranty Desborough (who converted it to a J-1B with Gipsy Major engine and larger rudder), Aerial Spraying (NZ) Ltd, Syd Jensen Motors, Brian Hore (for the first time in 1962), North Otago Aero Club, Paul Legg, the Prouting family, J E N Quaife, N A Black, J H Richards, B W Aubrey, R H McGarry and the ZK-AOB syndicate. It was cancelled in November 1991 until being restored back to Brian Hore on 24-12-2001. As seen at Wanaka on 05-04-2012.
2 (c/n CC11-00194) for Bruce and Peter Clulow of Wanaka - first registered here on 10-02-2012.
Pic taken at Wanaka on 06-04-2012.
Pic from Andy Heap at Motueka on 14-04-2012.
2 (c/n 1418) prior to engine start. This photo was sent in by Matt Hayes and taken at Pukaki on 14-04-2012.