Thursday, 3 June 2010

Kiwi Currie Wots

ZK-WOT, seen here at the Pikes Point airfield in 1995, was one of only two Wots to fly here.

This Wot was built in the UK using 3rd of 3 fuselages built by Hampshire AC, Eastleigh, 1958-59. Balance of the aircraft was built at Winchester, starting in 1970. Powered by Walter Mikron 3, f/f Compton Abbas Mar72 as G-AXOL registered to E F Tomlinson, Winchester as from 26Sep1969 with the c/n of PFA3012.
Ownership of G-AXOL was transferred to B L Dyke & D C Ford, Compton Abbas in June 1973, to J A Espin, Popham 22Jan1974, A Kennedy, P Metson & G Brinkman, Bishops Stortford 8Jun1974, and R G Boyes, Winkleigh in May1990.
The aircraft was then sold abroad, with the UK registration being cancelled as from 2Nov1994.

It appeared on the NZ register as ZK-WOT on 8Nov1994 for M J M Sanders, Auckland. The registration was revoked by CAA on 13Jun1999, but reappeared on 30Jul2002 for the same owner at a Whangarei address.
D R Walker, Whangarei took ownership from 20Jul2004 but ZK-WOT was again cancelled on 30Aug2005 as withdrawn from use.

Anyone know what happened to it?

The second Wot is ZK-CYB c/n AACA/64, a locally built example registered to J E Moon, Blenheim on 11Sep1968. Later owners were A Turner, Mosgiel on 22Sep1972, A J Ruck & F J Crequer, Christchurch 7Oct1982 and A J Ruck, Christchurch 11Feb1988.
Is this Wot still active? Anyone able to present us with a photo?

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