De Havilland DH89B Dominie ZK-AKY (c/n 6653) was built by the Brush Coachworks near Leicester in the UK to an RAF order and listed with them as HG654. It was transferred to the RNZAF and arrived in NZ to be taken on charge at Hobsonville as NZ525 on 13-10-1943. It was struck off charge on 02-09-1946 as having been sold to N.Z.N.A.C. It was listed as ZK-AKY on 30-08-1946, named "Tui", and operated the Northland service until being withdrawn on 19-12-1962.
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Photograph below was taken at, what looks to me like, Wellington in 1949 and comes from the Ed Coates collection.
It was sold along with spares to Ritchie Air Services Ltd of Te Anau on 19-05-1964. Ritchie became a subsidiary of N Z Tourist Air Travel in December of 1964
Below we see her at Te Anau along with the Tiger Moth ZK-BRC on 17-03-1966, with TAT on its tail and Ritchie Air Service on the fuselage.
The next four photos are from the Allan Wooller collection and show ZK-AKY.
On 28-02-1990 whilst in the circuit at Wigram it collided with the Cessna 172 ZK-BWN - luckily both landing ok.
It undertook an interesting trip up to New Caledonia and return in October of 1995 by which time ownership was with Biplane Adventures Ltd of Wanaka. It then transferred to Croydon Air Services of Mandeville on 18-12-1996 and then to the Croydon Aircraft Co Ltd from 14-02-2001 and remains with them today.
Somewhere in it;s life was this used/owned by West Coast Airways ?ReplyDelete
To the best of my knowledge it was never "Officially" listed to West Coast Airways.ReplyDelete
However there seemed to be a good cross over of aircraft between West Coast Airways, Southern Scenic (of which it was a subsidiary)and NZ Tourist Air Travel to cover maintenance and work load etc.
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It spent time at the Nelson Aero Club after the Dragon was sold.ReplyDelete