Saturday 20 April 2024

Piper Pawnee ZK-CIQ

 The Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee B ZK-CIQ c/n 25-3128 was imported by Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch in April of 1965 and signed over to Aerial Farming of NZ Ltd of Palmerston North from 13-07-1965.Photo above shows it at Feilding on 12-02-1966.

Then James Aviation Ltd of Hamilton listed it on 09-12-1968.

The photo above is tagged as taken in 1973 but it is still in its James Aviation scheme and it had been re-listed to the Nelson Gliding Club from 20-05-1970.

A Bob Kerr photo at Omaka on 18-02-1978.
It still retains the upper part of the James Aviation insignia below the cockpit.

It is seen above at Nelson on 27-05-1989 with glider tow hook fitted.
Ray Patchett of Blenheim took it on from 23-08-1991 followed by Rowley Aviation Ltd at Amberley from 01-12-1992.
It went back to Patchett and Williams at Blenheim from 30-07-1993.
 Ray Patchett became sole listed owner from 15-05-1994, then to B F & K A McMillan of Nelson from 20-09-1994.
Peter Anderson - the flying vet - of Blenheim took it on from 30-10-1995 and it picked up the name 'The Fighter'.

Getting a wash down outside the Marlborough Aero Club hangar at Omaka on 23-02-1997.

It then appears to have been out of the air for a while as seen by the image below - taken at Omaka on 24-02-1999.

I then have a note that it struck sheep and was damage on a farm strip at Ward 21-01-2001 and rebuilt using parts from ZK-CED.

I next noted it at Timaru on 12-12-2001 in the above state.

It has taken part in several Healthy Bastards competitions at Omaka. Above as seen on 31-01-2015 by
Andy Heap.

Above - outside its hangar at Omaka on 26-02-2015.

Another Healthy Bastards contest at Omaka on 03-02-2018.

And as seen yesterday, 19-04-2024, at Takaka by Lord Nelson.

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