Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Surprise Restoration at Ardmore 23-8-2014

I was very surprised to see the fuselage of our only Cassutt Racer, ZK-DHJ, in the Avspecs hangar at Ardmore today.  I never thought we would see a Cassutt Racer flying again in New Zealand again, but I was wrong!

It had only been transported up from Brent Emeny's hangar in New Plymouth yesterday.  Brent has donated the aircraft to Louis McNair who is planning to restore the aircraft along with Daniel Frew of Avspecs.  I was told that the fuselage was in good condition and the wings were in very good condition.  It is planned to power the restored Cassutt with an 0-200 engine which should give it a lot of get up and go.

The photo shows Louis McNair holding the canopy in place.  Louis is the third generation of McNairs in the local aviation scene, following in the footsteps of his father Robert McNair and grandfather Wallace McNair.

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