Thursday, 10 August 2017

DHC-1 Chipmunk ZK-JIT at Ardmore 9-08-2017

Noted for sale in the rain at Dennis Thompson's, Ardmore yesterday was DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk 22 ZK-JIT (c/n C1-0640), for sale for $99,950.  It does not appear to have been noted on this blog previously.

This aircraft was delivered to the RAF on 16-05-1962 16-05-1952 as WK627 and it is still painted in its original RAF colours.  It was struck off charge at No 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble 05-12-1974 and was registered as G-BCSU with Sky Trade (International) Ltd, Rush Green. UK.  Its UK registration was cancelled on 21-04-1975 and it was registered as ZS-JIT to Ralph Saxe of Springs, South Africa 08-01-1976.  It was last flown in SA on 08-06-1986.

It was shipped to New Zealand in 1995 but its South African registration was not cancelled until 07-12-2000.  Finally it was registered in New Zealand as ZK-JIT on 29-05-2001 to the Chipleigh Trust of Palmerston North, who are now selling the aircraft.  It first flew here on 22-06-2002 at Palmerston North.

Tragically, Ralph Saxe was killed in the crash of his Yak 52TW ZK-YTW at Feilding in January 2012 and I think the Chipmunk has not been used much since then.

2 comments:

  1. . . .delivered to the RAF on 16-05-1962 . . .

    1952??

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  2. Drat.
    Finger trouble on my part. Now fixed.
    Tks flyernzl

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