Tuesday 29 November 2011

A new local at Rangiora.

A recent new arrival at Rangiora is ZK-KJA, a classic from the late 1950's. This Piper PA24-180 Comanche has a relatively early c/n of 24-82 and appeared on the US register as N5076P. I can find nine US owners before it was cancelled and shipped to NZ, arriving here on 06-05-1998, for Cliff W Johnston of Havelock North. He used his initials to register it as ZK-CWJ2 on 21-01-1999 following a restoration. It was re-registered as ZK-KJA on 03-07-2007 with an ownership change the same day to Kevin Jane of Normanby. It was sold to James Turner on 25-10-2011 and I first spied it at Rangiora on the 30th.
As a useless aside: The first ZK-CJW was a Mount Cook Airlines 748 and was often referred to as Captain Williams Jallopy. Cliff Johnston has since built up a Alpi Pioneer Jay Hawk which has become ZK-CWJ3.

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