Friday, 30 March 2012

Air to air - away back when.

Allan Wooler has kindly provided me with this air to air shot that he took during the early 1980's in the Wairarapa area.
Cessna 172B ZK-BZU (c/n 48261) first appeared on the NZ register on 16-02-1961 with the agents Rural Aviation Ltd of New Plymouth  and was delivered to the Marlborough Aero Club at Omaka on 28-03-1961. Its next move was to Christchurch for International Homes Ltd and then to A V Martyn and Co Ltd at Timaru. It was then listed to a finance Company before being leased to the Auckland Flying School from 14-11-1967, followed by the Rex Flying School from 02-02-1970. It spent a few months with the HB and EC Aero Club at Hastings in 1972 until being acquired by Bram McKay at Eketahuna on 01-11-1972. It is pictured below - being driven by Bram - alongside the Dominie ZK-AKY.
Now some pics from No1 shoe box.
The first three were taken at Wellington in August 1963 on my olde Jiffy Kodak 620 B and W camera and are negative numbers 177-179. I finally got it centered in shot number 179. This was during its time with the Marlborough Aero Club. 

 Below it is parked at Paraparaumu on 09-04-1971 whilst with Rex Flying School.
 Below. At Ardmore - still with Rex on 19-03-1973

Above, it sits at Christchurch on 18-08-1986. Now with Bram McKay, but in a new scheme.
Lastly a shot taken at Ardmore on 28-03-2008 - By now in the ownership of P B McKay of Eketahuna.


  1. From June 2011, BZU calls North Shore home, in the ownership of R & L Cunningham.

  2. Roger that.
    Was wondering who "BZU Aviation" was.

  3. What was the aircraft the picture was taken from? Could it have been a Proctor with that wingtip that is in the view?

  4. if you read it carefully it says dh89 zk aky

  5. that was my grandads in alfredton and when he died he passed it on to my uncle who did a share with us