Thursday 22 December 2022

Hughes 369D ZK-INA.

Law enforcement agencies in the US have been big users of the various Hughes helicopters models, quite a few of which have eventually found their way to NZ. 
A reasonably recent addition is the Hughes 369D which is now ZK-INA2.
As N8387F, with the c/n 270080D, this joined the California Highway Patrol out of Sacramento, California in April of 1977, changing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in February of 1986.Photo above of N8387F taken on 30-09-1999 at Long Beach, Doughtey Field by Mike Head.

It was sold off to Grizzly Mountain Aviation Inc of Prineville, Oregon in October 2005 and then briefly to Billings Flying Service Inc at Billings Montana in February 2018 until Helicopters Unlimited LLC of La Crescenta, California listed it from 29 June 2018 and was operated by Summit Helicopters of Pacoima, California
It was delivered to Argus Aviation on 20 May 2021 as N8387F and was flying as such in NZ by the 24th.     And is seen here in its US N8387F markings at Motueka on 24-05-2021 thanks to Cody Forward.

Its US registration was cancelled on 30-07-2021 and it became ZK-INA2 to Argus Aviation and first it first flew as such on 9 August 2021.
On the 17th of that month it was listed to Heli Marlborough 2021 Ltd of Blenheim.
Above as seen at Motueka yesterday 21/12/2022 by Cody Forward.

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