Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Super Cub ZK-BRY

One of the many Piper PA-18's imported by Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch was the PA-18A-150 ZK-BRY. With a construction number of 18-5687 it was registered here on 07-05-1957 and gained its NZ CofA on the 28th.
Ownership was transferred from Airwork (NZ) Ltd to Cookson Airspread Ltd of Wairoa from 02-05-1957.
Below is a photo from an unknown source of it at Wairoa - looking all very spic and span for an ag aircraft..
Below another view of her - on an unknown date at Feilding  - from the Allan Wooller collection.
It remained with Cookson until 07-07-1971 when it moved over briefly to Feilding with Manawatu Aerial Top Dressing Co Ltd; and then to Wanganui for J A Chesswas from 11-07-1972.
 Above we have ZK-BRY minus hopper and in a new paint scheme at Wanganui.
I believe a Ken Meehan photo.
 Now two shots of her at Wellington in December of 1972.
Above - Note the fuselage side baggage door and the metal cover on top of the fuselage aft of the wing trailing edge.
Above we have a monochrome pic showing the East Aviation/Wellington Aero Club hangar in the background.
Above - as seen at Masterton in 1973 from Allan Wooller.
The next owner was Don B Mahon of Queenstown from 03-02-1977 who purchased it to replace his sold Cessna 180 ZK-BJY.
It had a bit of an oopsie at Big Bay on 09-04-1984 and not long after repairs it was sold to the Taranaki Gliding Club, then based at German Hill, and listed to them on 14-04-1986 in a dashing colour scheme.
It actually arrived a couple of months earlier as can been seen from the three pics below taken at New Plymouth Airport on 28-01-1986


Below we see it at German Hill on 02-02-1986
Next in line was the Sport Aviation Partnership of Hawera from 07-05-1996 -
 Above shot at Tauranga on 07-08-1996 thanks to Peter Lewis.
Then at Omarama on 09-04-1998.
- followed by the RNZAF Base Auckland Aviation Sports Club Inc from 17-07-1998.
By 13-11-1999 it was listed to the Hauraki Aero Club (Inc) at Thames.
Frank Wright of Tauranga took it on from 29-01-2002 and he did a major rework on it including the 160hp upgrade before selling it. 
31-03-2004 at Tauranga
It went to The Old Lake Trust of North Shore City from 11-05-2004.
It appears to have been based and hangared at Tauranga alongside the Cessna 182Q ZK-RDJ2 -
Above - at Tauranga on  20-11-2012
- until a recent sale to B B aviation of Feilding took place on 01-05-2016.
Sean Perrett flew it down to its old home at Feilding where it will be on line and available for Cub ratings.

2 comments:

  1. she was repainted in the red and white while in hawera

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  2. The first shot appears to be at Feilding and if I'm not mistaken the second one is at Gisborne over in the Cookson Corner?

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