Tuesday 21 April 2009

Cessna 180A ZK-CDY has moved.

Cast your mind back to 03-12-1962 and you may remember that the Cessna 180 ZK-BUP , c/n 32968 , operated by Rural Aviation, crashed at Mount Curl (near Hunterville). It, along with parts from other Cessna 180's, was rebuilt and re-registered as ZK-CDY with the new c/n of RA/4/63 on 09-10-1963 with Rex Aviation. It first flew as such on the 14th and was listed to Adastra Aviation the same day. Some four operators later it was with the Christchurch Parachute School from August 1985 until Jock Montgomery came on the scene from 27-02-89 and based the aircraft on the farm strip just south of Cheviot. Jock had previously operated the Auster J1B ZK-AXO and J5Q/L ZK-BLW.
On 29-01-2009 it was relisted to C G S & R S Gorman at Blenheim.
The first pic shows at at Cheviot on 04-07-1990 in the scheme it had for many years.
Second view was at Wigram on 07-12-2006. I noted it at Omaka in late March, still in this blue scheme, still going strong 52 years on.
I do believe the C180/185 family is getting better with age although the cockpits seems to be getting smaller with (my) age.

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