First noted on 04-02-2011 in the Heli Maintenance hangar at Christchurch was this early production model Hughes 269B N9309F
. It is a rather tired looking helicopter with I believe about 5000 airframe hours and a high time engine.
Above is the manufacturers plate with tells us that it is a 269B model and has a build date of 123 which translates to December (12) 1963 (3) and that it is the eleventh (0011) 269B production model.
Now despite the moves of certain people : there is still some humour, mirth and merriment among the aviation fraternity. Above is a pic of the battery box and below is one of a couple of bullet hole transfers on the tail boon.
This helicopter has aspirations of becoming ZK-ING
for Neil Gray of Hokitika.
Surely 123 would be Dec 63?ReplyDelete
Spot on there Anonymous.ReplyDelete
1963 it should be, and amended as such.
I think I had better give up while I am ahead.
Maybe I'm Quake Shocked !
The helicopter is being dropped back to Heli Maintenance this week looking a lot better than when it arrived in the countryReplyDelete
ai will keep my optics peeled for it.
Tks for the heads up.