Wednesday 1 February 2012

FLetcher FU24 ZK-BIT

Fletcher Fu24 ZK-BIT was c/n 46, initially listed to Cable-Price Corporation Ltd on 29-02-1956 with its first flight being on 17-10-1956 and c of a issued on 24-10-1956. Ownership changed to Wanganui Aero Work Ltd on 06-05-1957. It carried the name "Ongarue". It was damaged at Waikanae on 13-05-1959; was converted to Mk11 status and flew on 01-10-1964. About this time it wore the pilots name " Lyndsay Williamson".
Top photograph was taken on 07-02-1964
The two shots above appear to be at Taihape. Date unknown and photographer listed as HCPH.

Final view above is from CMM, with the slide dated 11-75.

It was withdrawn from use on 18-11-1975 with 11,564 airframe hours and ended its days on the pickets at Wanganui, being too far "gone" for an upgrade/rebuild to 400hp. Its registration was cancelled on 22-05-1989.

1 comment:

  1. Do you have photo/info on ZK-CBC?
    These old pix are much appreciated thanks.