Wednesday 13 April 2011

A blast from the past and out of the blue.

A Tiger Moth that I never did get to see was ZK-BMH.
Amazingly a photograph of it arrived out of the ether today via Dave Wise.

Original email from Patricio below.
Dear sirs:In case it may be of interest to you, I am enclosing a photo of Tiger Moth ZK-BMH
with its owner (Brian Telford) on his farm at Waiwera South, during April 1962.

The photo was taken by me with a Rolleiflex camera.
I was working for Brian on his farm, for some time (doing practical training for my
degree in Agriculture, Chile)

Patricio Fernández H.
Santiago, Chile.

Later that year the Tiger Moth was lost due to a fire in Invercargill

This De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth was built in the Wellington DH factory with the c/n DHNZ157 and became NZ1477 with the RNZAF from 21-12-1943 until struck off charge on 15-08-1955.
It was registered as ZK-BMH to Brian Telford of Waiwera South in Southland shortly after this date.
It was destroyed in a hangar fire at Invercargill on 15-08-1962.
Brian has also operated the Rearwin 9000KR ZK-AKA, the Auster J/1N ZK-ATS, Cessna 180 ZK-BUJ and the Piper Apache ZK-BUA (and probably others).

Thanks to Dave Wise and Patricio Fernandez H.


  1. What a fantastic photo!

  2. Yes, it is a rather nice shot.

    There must be heaps of photos like this out there among non aeronautically inclined family collections.

    I guess you spotted the non "DH" windscreens.

    1. My Father owned ZK-ATS for quite some years when was 4years old. 1958