Saturday 9 March 2013

Still about.

The ex Air New Zealand Fokker F27 Friendship ZK-BXH (c/n 10190) is under cover at the Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum. It seem to have taken the place of the Lodestar.  An earlier post on BXH is at
The Mig 21's tail is visible, so it has been moved forward from out of the back paddock and the Jet Provost T.5 XW357 is now in a fenced enclosure alongside the highway to/from Wanaka.

There is always something interesting happening in Timaru - you just have to find it.
Above is the Quickie ZK-JGZ (c/n AACA/706) well on the way to recovery. It was damaged some years ago and cancelled from the register on 31-07-1998. The broken rear fuselage has been repaired by Kerry Jackson of Methven and the rebuild is in the hands of Mark Fitzgerald of Timaru.  He intends to install a 36hp Rotax 377 (twice the grunt of the original Onam engine) with a 2.58 reduction box. This engine along with the instrument panel and associated systems are currently mounted on a modified hospital bed for engine and system checks before being installed.
Interestingly the damaged aircraft had originally been sold to a person in Australia but transportation difficulties resulted in a re-sale to the current owner.
JGZ gets an earlier mention here :-

Above is the Circa Reproductions Nieuport 11 ZK-NIE1 (c/n  MAANZ/471) which is now back in Timaru with a "Private owner" and currently stored in the Aviation Museum at the Timaru Airport.
This airframe has also been covered in an earlier posting at :-
When this relica returns to the air it will be using different registration marks.

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