Sunday, 1 March 2009

New Plymouth on 21st. Hurry up and wait..

Lurking round the back (near Jim Hickey's hideaway) at New Plymouth is this Grumman American AA-5 Traveller ZK-DLB c/n AA5-0439. This was rolled out of the GA factory in 1973 as N7139L for delivery to New Zealand Aerospace Industries Ltd of Hamilton. It was registered on 14-11-1973 and was then leased to Eagle Flying Academy before being delivered to the Wellington Aero Club on 18-06-1974 and officially listed to them on 23-07-74. It moved on to P J Burgess of Whitby on 13-06-1990 and more recently to James Guthrie at New Plymouth from 07-10-1997. It now needs a lot of TLC.
Also waiting around was this Beech C90SE King Air ZK-MKG c/n LJ-1367. This was the original SE factory demonstrator for Beechcraft from around about 30-09-1994. It flew as N111MU before arriving in NZ on 26-05-2005 for listing with Air Wanganui Commuter from 16-05-2005. The " MKG" letters in memory of Mackie George a founding pilot.

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