Sunday 25 September 2016

Beechcraft Sundowner ZK-DVH

One of the many fine Beech Aircraft to come to New Zealand was the Beech C23 Sundowner 180. 
A development of the A23 Musketeer.
One of six Sundowners imported ZK-DVH is c/n M-1551 which was registered to James Aviation Ltd at Hamilton on 12-08-1974. 
It is seen above in their hangar on 19-03-1975.
Above it was caught at Christchurch Airport during November 1975 by CMM with his magic little Instamatic camera.
It was sold to D S Bisley of Hamilton on 17-10-1975 and remained there until sold to Gary Nash of Auckland on 25-02-2000.
Photo above by Sir Minty and taken on 16-09-2016.
Prior to acquiring the Sundowner Gary had operated the Cessna 150H ZK-CSG, the Piper PA-23-250C Aztec ZK-MCZ, the Micro Bantam B20 ZK-XIE and the Piper Pa-28-140 ZK-ECY.


  1. Enjoyed flying these the states, nice comfortable wee planes.

  2. I was a passenger in this plane with Mr Bisley and his grandson David from Hamilton to Whitianga ~1993 as a 10 year old, still remember it!