Wednesday 28 December 2022

Historic Aircraft Trust, Tauranga

 The Historic Aircraft Trust hangar at Tauranga was open recently and revealed the following.

The Historic Aircraft Trust keeps its aircraft in a hangar at Tauranga

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-BSN c/n DHA501 joined the Trust in November 2003. 
As you can see from its c/n it was built by De Havilland Australia and become NZ1415 with the RNZAF from 13-11-1941.
Post its military career it became ZK-BSN in 1956 with E P Henshaw of Timaru, followed by J W Rolleston, R D Westenra and T J Kendal of Timaru from 01-09-1961.
From December 1966 it was listed with J R Dunn of Balclutha and then with 27 Squadron ATC of Blenheim from 02-08-1968. It transferred to V L A Powell of Blenheim on 09-10-1975 and was operated by the Marlborough Aero Club. 
After a take-off accident at Hawera on 15-05-1986 it went to Mary Nicoll of Blenheim from 10-11-1989 and was rebuilt over the early to mid 1990's period by Graham Orphan - being registered to him on 03-05-1994.
From late December it has been listed with the NZ Historic Aircraft Trust.

The Cessna A37-B Dragonfly (Cessna 318E) ZK-JTL c/n 43392 started with the USAF as 71-0854 and is known to have served with the 604th Air Commando out of Bien Hoa, South Vietnam followed by the 8th Special Operations Squadron until transferred to the South Vietnamese Air Force around the middle of 1972 as part of President Nixon's Vietnamization program. This was basically the withdrawal of American support to make the Vietnamese self-sufficient.
Next I know is that this aircraft arrived in New Zealand, I believe thanks to Bruce Black, Maurice Hayes, Colin Henderson and Brian Rhodes, to become ZK-JTL with Jet Trainers Ltd of Papakura on 02-07-1992.
It first flew in NZ n 10-03-1994 known as Dragonfly 54 and is still in VNAF markings.

The De Havilland DH104 Devon/Dove 1/B ZK-KTT c/n 04324 rests quietly in the corner.

This Nord 1002 ZK-WFI, c/n 103, is a French built version of the Messerschmidt Bf108 and is a genuine ex World War Two aircraft.
Post WWII it was OO-NET in Belgium followed by N108H in the USA from 1973, and then ZS-WFI in South Africa from 1989.
It arrived in NZ in early 1996 already fitted with a Lycoming O-540 engine to become ZK-WFI from 29-03-1996 with Maurice Hayes and Colin Henderson (see ZK-JTL above) of Fighter Trainers Ltd of Auckland. 
It was relisted to In Touch Travel Ltd (Maurice Hayes and Natalie Vincent) of Papakura on 24-07-1997.

Aermacchi MB-339CB NZ6469  c/n 6800/173/CB010 served with the RNZAF No.14 Squadron out of Ohakea from 1991 until the Strike force was disbanded with it being stored from 13-12-2001 until going to the Classic Flyers Museum at Tauranga. 
Due to lack of space at Classic Flyers it is hangared with the Historic Aircraft Trust.

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