Tuesday 25 May 2010

Question time # 98 resolved

ZK-CKE scores again.
It is indeed the Bristol 170 Freighter ZK-EPA1 as seen at Awhitu.
Three photos show it lurking in the bushes on 25-02-2009. The bottom view is of it at Ardmore on 09-08-1985.As you can see, it is an ex RNZAF aircraft.
It started with the Bristol Aeroplane Company as G-AINS with the construction number 12833 on 27-01-1947 and was allocated (but did not wear) the manufacturers serial of G-18-99. It was delivered to NZ and taken on charge by the RNZAF as NZ5902 on 13-12-1951. Its UK registration was not cancelled until 17-04-1952.
It was withdrawn from RNZAF use at Whenuapai on 23-03-1977.
It, along with several others went to R S Dwen of Ardmore with whom it became ZK-EPA on 17-08-1978. Its NZ civil registration was cancelled on 01-03-1988.

So I would like to know if it just sat at the Dwen yard for nearly ten years ; and when did it go out to Awhitu ?

View of ZK-EPA at Ardmore on 09-08-1985.

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