Some news about the Fokker F27 Friendship ZK-BXI c/n 10286.
As you all already know, this flew for the first on 02-11-1965 and was registered as ZK-BXI to New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NZNAC) on 09-11-1965. It left Amsterdam on 10-11-1965 and arrived in Christchurch on the 18th. It was given the name "Kotare" (kingfisher).
Both pics appear to have been taken before dates were invented.
The props, engines and main undercarriage were removed on the 11-07-2012 and the airframe placed on woden cradles.
Also in this collection will be a significant portion of the airframe of the RNZAF Short Sunderland NZ4111 which was damaged in the lagoon out there many years ago. Also due to be delivered are the Beech Queen Air ZK-CIA2 which has been parked up at Hasting since about 1999, and I believe some Argosy parts are promised.