Monday 11 October 2010

More on the Bennett Airtruck

I have had further communications from Allan Churn of Perth who is the current owner of Sud Horizon ex ZK-CLK, See:-

Allan has been going thru some old magazines and found the following in the July 1960 issue of the Air Pictorial Magazine.

Only two were produced.
ZK-BPV , c/n BA-001 , first registered on 26-11-1959 to Bennett Aviation Ltd of Te Kuiti. A name change had them become Waitomo Aircraft Ltd. It was operated by Northern Air Service Ltd until a crash on 08-10-1963 at Ngapaenga. The aircraft remains I believe went to MoTaT.

ZK-BPV at Te Kuiti dated January 1964
(but it crashed in October 1963)
ZK-CKE was c/n 002 and registered on 15-04-1965 to Waitomo Aviation having first flown on 09-03-1965. It also served with Northern Air Services Ltd until it crashed at Tangiwha on 01-03-1967. Parts also to MoTaT.
ZK-CKE. Photo from W G Little. I believe at New Plymouth.
ZK-CKE at Te Kuiti on 31-01-1967
We had an earlier bog on ZK-BPV. See:-


  1. Would that be Axel Neil Johnstone walking the wing on CKE at N.P. Dave?

  2. Sorry Graeme. I really don't know who the wing walker is.