Wednesday 13 April 2016


Terry Fletcher has sent another photograph taken during his recent NZ tour showing an aircraft that we has not yet been featured on this blog site.
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D ZK-CUS is c/n 27-4499.
It was built, test flown and delivered to NZ on its US registration of N13861 - reaching Godzone on 07-03-1970.
Imported through the NZ agents Airwork (NZ) Ltd it was first registered on 12-03-1970 and then to New Zealand Forest Products Ltd of Auckland on 03-04-1970.
Above is a view of ZK-CUS in its NZ Forest Products colour scheme at Ardmore on 27-05-1971, 
and below it is at the fuel pumps at Ardmore on 27-09-1972.
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Cookson Airspread Ltd of Wairoa took it on from 22-20-1978 for its newspaper deliveries until they sent it back to Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Christchurch from 15-12-1980.
Below it is in Cookson markings.
Photo by Ian Coates on 04-11-1980.
Hastings Air Charter leased it for a period from November of 1982 and then it went up to Auckland for the Cardinal Flying Co from 12-04-1984.
A couple of months later - 05-06-1984 - it was listed to B F Kidd who traded as Wairarapa Airlines Ltd and then it was leased to Great Barrier Airlines in early1985.
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By 17-08-1988 it was in line at the Waitemata Aero Club at Ardmore followed by time with the Ardmore Flying School.
D R Moore of Cambridge appears on the paperwork from 19-01-1993 and it was operated under the Summit Air name until the current owner Computer Automation Products of Auckland took it on from 16-01-1997.
Above - I potted it at Ashburton on 12-02-2005.
Next shot was at Ardmore on 27-02-2009.
And above we have Terry Fletcher's latest shot from Whitianga on 11-03-2016.

1 comment:

  1. Wow i love myself some airplane porn! these beauties are gorgeous! i so wish that i could fly one someday! thats the dream!