Monday, 6 June 2016

Three Who Came a Long Way to Dargaville 4-6-2016

Later in the afternoon of 4 June three aircraft arrived from the Dannevirke-Pahiatua area.  They were transiting through to Kaitaia with the intention of flying around Cape Reinga the next day, and they would have had great weather for it..

The first of the trio, Bolkow B 208C Junior ZK-CJG (c/n 601) has been owned by owners in Pahiatua since 6/10/15.  It was originally registered in November 1965 to the Middle Districts Aero Club who operated it until 1969 when it was exported to Samoa as 5W-FAG.  It returned to New Zealand and was re-registered as ZK-CJG in December 1975.  It now has Bolkow Junior titles on the engine cowling.

A remarkable fact is that of the ten Bolkow Juniors imported by Aerocraft in the mid 1960s, all are still current.

The second of the trio, Cessna 150G ZK-DAL (c/n 66321) is also from the 1960s, having been first registered here in December 1969.  On arrival in New Zealand it was converted to a 150 HP engine.  It is now owned in Dannevirke.  The history of ZK-DAL can be found at:  http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2015/07/zk-dal.html

And the third aircraft of the trio was the Dannevirke Flying Club's Piper PA 28-140 Cherokee ZK-EBL which I didn't photograph.


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