A recent posting of the ex ZK Grumman Mallard on the MRC Aviation Blog, plus the arrival of an aged photograph showing three Grumman's at Invercargill has prompted me to dig out these pics of ZK-CDV taken in the mid 1960's using my trusty Jiffy Kodak B and W camera.
The Grumman G-73 Mallard was the second largest of the Grumman amphibians and first flew on 30-04-1946. Only fifty nine were built, one of which came to NZ in 1963.
ZK-CDV was c/n J13 was imported by the Utah-Williamson-Burnett Ltd for transportation to its Manapouri Power Station project.
This airframe was constructed in late 1946 and delivered to Canada on 25-01-1947 as CF-FFG. By mid 1951 it was in Indonesia as PK-AKG with an offshoot of Shell Oil. It then moved to the Netherlands New Guinea register as JZ-POB in 1955.
Below are a few notes on its time in NNG.
00.04.1955 NV Nederlands Nieuw Guinea Petroleum Mij, Den Haag, Netherlands.
28.09.1956 Damaged during landing.
15.02.1959 Declared "excess stock", to be stored at Biak.
06.07.1959 TT 2348 hrs, 55 min.
00.08.1959 Offered to De Kroonduif.
27.11.1959 Testflight from Wisselmeren.
00.11.1959 handed over to De Kroonduif on lease.
02.02.1960 Mokmer. Nosegear collapsed during landing due to hydraulic failure.
00.03.1960 Operations for NV Oost-Borneo Mij. Suffered many technical problems
during these operations, especially with hydraulic system. De Kroonduif
therefore decided to return the aircraft to its lessor.
31.08.1960 wfu at Biak.
00.00.1962 Sold to East Coast Airlines of Australia. Was ferried with gear down
It eventually became VH-TGA in 1962 with East Coast Airlines followed by a transfer to Trans Australia Airlines in mid 1963 and used on the "Coralair Service".
Photograph below of VH-TGA by J Hopton and sent in by Dave Eyre.
On the left is (I think) the Grumman G159 Gulfstream VH-CRA of Conzinc Rio Tinto who had dealings with the Bluff aluminium smelter. Then an unidentified G-44 Widgeon and then the G-73 Mallard ZK-CDV. Pic supplied by CMM.
It was withdrawn from use in Fiji on 04-10-1970 and cancelled from their register on 31-03-1971 for transfer to the US as N2442H the following day. It has soldiered on ever since; moving to Canada as C-GRZI for about a year in 1978 before returning to the US again. In June of 1993 it was sold to Steve Hamilton of Reno Nevada. Steve re-registered it as N2950 in March of 1998. It is still current.