The New Zealand Warbirds has recently posted photos of Russell Jenkins' spectacularly rebuilt and re-finished Stearman A75N1 ZK-RJS2 (c/n 75-647) at Ardmore after it was test flown last Wednesday (27/10/21 I think) by Frank Parker.
Sunday, 31 October 2021
A Spectacular "New" Stearman at Ardmore
Russell's Stearman looks really smart in its period civilian colour scheme, and here Russell poses by his "new" aircraft.
Just lovely in the sun.
And the Continental W 670 radial engine is equally immaculate.
It wears a period style Flying A Aero-Type Gasoline logo.
But this aircraft has actually been in New Zealand since around the year 2000 as N9163R when I understand it was imported by Len Cowper (who also imported our first Stearman back in 1982).
And here it is photo'd at Ardmore in 2003 by Flyernzl.
The above photo was taken by John Cowpland at Bridge Pa aerodrome at Hastings on 26/12/04, and is from the Setford News Photo Agency files. Thanks very much to Ross Setford for the use of these 2 photos.
It was in this state that Russell Jenkins acquired the wreck and began his epic 11 year and 3 month restoration which culminated in the successful first flight of his ZK-RJS2 (no doubt for Russell Jenkins' Stearman). Congratulations Russell!