Chris Hoskins built two other Long Ezes (ZK-LEZ and ZK-LET with Grant Nicholls) before building ZK-KRS. However ZK-KRS was quite heavily modified with Berkut style canopies and a fully retractable undercarriage. It also had a heavily modified Mazda rotary engine that produced 240 HP and was projected to give a top speed of around 200 knots. It was a long term project and I saw over many years it as it came together in Chris's hangar at Tauranga airport.
I understand that it made its first test flight on 27/11/22 and it is photo'd above during that flight.
Sadly it suffered an engine problem on take off from Tauranga airport on 29/11/22 resulting in it making a forced landing in the shallows of Tauranga Harbour. Fortunately the pilot was not injured.
Thanks to Mark and Corrin for the use of their photos.
Can you please get Chris to contact an old friend Alison Dalgleish I have some news for him pleaseReplyDelete