Monday 6 June 2016

Thorp S 18T ZK-MBY at Dargaville 4-6-2016

The final visiting aircraft at Dargaville last Saturday was the unique Thorp S 18T ZK-MBY (c/n 222), which owner Mesa Land had flown back from Parakai after having some maintenance done.

This aircraft was built by Mike Boyle of Auckland and is our only S 18 model (The S is for Lou Sutherland who redesigned the Thorp T 18 with a different wing and other minor changes, working in collaboration with the original designer John Thorp).  And it is also our only tri-gear S 18 hence the T suffix.

 Mesa taxying out in the spectacular late afternoon sun...

 Lift off from Runway 22...

 and off home to Kaikohe before Civil Twilight.

Meanwhile the aero club's aircraft were residing in their hangar. 

A magic day!

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