The first time I saw the Dragon was at an airshow at the old Fenton Street airfield at Rotorua, 9th March 1963. Owned by the Nelson Aero Club, it was silver with black & red trim. Purchase price paid by the club was £2700.
Shortly after this, in July 1963, the Dragon was laid up at Nelson, awaiting overhaul.
Bradshaw bought ZK-AXI 'as is' and carried out the overhaul work.
Seen here under his ownership at Wanganui 7th February 1967
The aircraft was sold to AFS for sold £1250.
Seen here at Ardmore in April 1967. The signwriting reads 'Mini Liner' and '1932 DH84 Dragon' which is stretching the truth a bit.
In an Ardmore hangar after the April 1967 crash
Overhead Omaka 8th April 2007