Friday 28 October 2011

Piper Cub ZK-BTM

The Piper PA18 Super Cub ZK-BTM (c/n 18-5972) was registered to Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 27-08-1957 and signed over to the New Plymouth Aaero Club on 28-04-1958.On 01-06-1964 it moved to M Todd of Heriot.
This photo shows it parked under the pine trees at Luggate on 27-12-1970. (The trees are still there - not so sure about the out house).
Pic below is one year later (27-12-1971) as seen at Wanaka.
 It transferred to P J Garden & P N McHaffie at Waikaia on 28-08-1972 and then to the Southern Districts Aero Club at Gore on 27-02-1978.
Pic below was snapped at Oamaru on 04-11-1978.
 The colour pic below is at Gore on 17-07-1983 with the Midget Mustang ZK-EDP alongside.
 Then we see it at Christchurch on 21-12-1988.
 It was blown from its pickets at Taieri in August of 1989, repaired by Avtek at Timaru and reflown in May of 1992. The view below shows it at Avtek on 08-02-1991.
 It was damaged again on 06-01-1993 when it went off the end of the strip at Gore.
It then migrated to the Southland Aviation College in December of 1999 and to Southern Wings, with Ken Brunton featuring somewhere in here.
The Christchurch Flying School (2005) Ltd took it on from 30-10-2006 - with a name change to New Zealand Flying School on 21-07-2008. Photo below was at Wigram on 14-04-2008.
With the closure of the NZFS it went to Cronin Developments Ltd and was based at Rangiora from 06-07-2009. See a couple of previous blogs on this animal:-
The Wakatipu Aero Club (Inc) began to pay the accounts from 10-01-2011 until a move across the grass to Air Milford 2000 Ltd (at Queenstown) from 01-10-2011.
As noted elswhere it was damaged in a crash at Branches Station on 07-10-2011.

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