Monday 10 December 2012

Jodel D 11's of New Zealand (6)

ZK-EER (c/n AACA/232/2) was built by Ben Berg in Auckland, and it was first registered to him on 3/12/75.  It was his second Jodel, having previously built D 9 ZK-DBM.  The above photos were taken at the 1976 AACA flyin at Kaikohe very early on in its life, where it had a special permit issued to fly to the flyin ( as was sometimes done by CAA back then).

It was sold to JA McKeown of Masterton on 30/6/80.  It is photo'd here at Masterton in 1981.

It is photo'd above at the 2009 Black Sands flyin on 7/11/09.  Mr McKeown moved to Rotorua and ZK-EER was transferred to his ownership in Rotorua on 5/1/12.

ZK-EFK (c/n AACA/431/1) was built at Napier by Charlie Janes, and was first registered on 19/6/78.  Charlie used ZK-EFK for flying into airstrips in the ranges to hunt game.  He was a good keen man and wrote at least 5 books about his hunting exploits: "Time For a Break", "Hell For Leather", and "Hunting For Trouble"which all featured ZK-EFK on their covers and then "The Turkey Has Landed" and "Possum on a Cold Tin Roof" which featured Charlie's second aircraft, Protech PT 2 ZK-PTU on their covers.  As many bush pilots in New Zealand have found, the low wing of the D 11 made it somewhat problematic for landing on narrow bush airstrips, so Charlie went the high wing way.  His first attempt at a high wing bush plane was with Auster ZK-ATO which he converted to Rover V8 power, however he ran into trouble with the authorities - but that is another story.  The above photo was taken at the 1982 AACA flyin at Taupo, and you can just make out the oversized bush tyres..

ZK-EFK was sold to PWA Bevin of Hastings on 11/11/85, and then on to IH Atkinson of Hanmer Springs on 13/9/88.  It then was sold back to PWA Bevin on 12/5/92.  It was damaged on 5/12/92 at Woodbank Station near Hamner Springs, and it was cancelled from the register on 12/2/99.

ZK-EJN (c/n AACA/291/1) was built by Dave Crimp of Tadmor, inland from Nelson, and was first registered on 31/5/77.  It was the first D 11 in New Zealand that featured a spring steel undercarriage as can be seen in the above photos, which were taken at the 1978 AACA flyin at Nelson.  It was sold to GJ Crimp of Blenhiem on 18/10/83, and then to JL Currie of Ngongotaha on 20/9/89.

The above photo was taken at the 1990 AACA flyin at Waipukurau.  It suffered major damage later that year on 24/11/90, at Tarukenga, near Rotorua, when the wing was torn off.

It was rebuilt as evidenced in this photo taken at Tauranga in 1997, and it is still current.

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