Wednesday 13 July 2016

Last weekend at Matamata.

Richard Currie has kindly submitted these three photographs as taken at Matamata last weekend.
Above is the De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk 22 ZK-SKH (c/n C1-0547).
This entered service with the Royal Air Force with the military serial of WK511 on 29-01-1952 with the No 5 Basic Flying Training School at Desford. It served with eight further units before being transferred to the Admiralty on 17-06-1966 to serve with the Royal Navy College and carried the '905' code.
Its final military flight took place on 23-09-1992 and was sold at auction on 08-07-1993 and joined the UK civil register as G-BVBT with Tim Manna on 04-08-1993 and then with James Slade and Tracey Curtiss-Taylor from 21-01-2002 remaining in its military markings.
It came to NZ with James Slade and became ZK-SKH on 03-12-2002 listed with Bohica Co Ltd of Blenheim. It was re-listed to the Owlco Trust of Blenheim on 18-02-2003 and then to the Airtight Trust of Masterton from 25-03-2010. It was listed to its current owners M V Ryan and J S Wilkins of Taupiri on 15-02-2011. As you can see it still wears its Royal Navy marks.
 Above we have the Czech Aircraft Works SportCruiser ZK-LED (c/n 09SC265) as recently registered to J W and I P Leadbeater Syndicate of Matamata.
This aircraft was initially registered here as ZK-SXY5 with the NZ agents Aerosport Aviation Ltd of Cambridge on 23-12-2009.
In 2010 it briefly became listed as a PiperSport but quickly reverted to SportCruiser when the Czech Works and the Piper Aircraft deal went sour.
As a demonstrator it was distinctively marked  as can be seen in the link below.
It was sold to the Leadbeater's on 31-03-2016 and was re-registered as ZK-LED on 05-04-2016.
The AutoGyro Europe MTO3 Eagle ZK-TCG is c/n NZ010 is from Gyrate NZ Ltd of Mount Maunganui.

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