Wednesday 19 November 2008

Belated New Plymouth shots.

Back on the 25th of October Tony Mcfarlin sent me the following pics taken at the New Plymouth Aero Clubs 80th anniversary over Labour weekend.

Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS c/n 6631 wearing "US" marks and in a military scheme. It is in fact ZK-IUS (minus the "I"). Built in Japan in 1974 it arrived in NZ to become ZK-HSE3 on 26-03-01 following work by Wing & Rotor after an incident it had on 23-08-00 in Japan. After serving with Sutton Moss, Frank Wright and Volcanic Air Safaris it went to Kiwi Kopters Tauranga Ltd on 31-03-08 & was re-registered as ZK-IUS on 06-05-08.
The real ZK-HUS being a Bell 206B JetRanger just a few clicks down the road with Tarata Helicopters near Inglewood.

Bell 47G-3B1 ZK-IAR2 c/n 6605 from the Precision Helicopter fleet was also on the field. Of 1967 vintage. It spent time in Canada as CF-VUB from near new (Factory reg was N7804S) until gyrating down to become VH-KHY on 07-08-1987. It joined the Kiwi register on 11-07-05 via Heliwork NZ Ltd of New Plymouth.

And an unknown Cessna 210 "ZIO".

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