Wednesday 1 May 2024

An Omaka visitation by CMM (1)

 Our traveling reporter CMM called into Omaka back on the 29th of April and offers the following photos.
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-BQB is c/n DHNZ147. As the c/n indicates it was built in Wellington by De Havilland NZ for the RNZAF and was taken on charge on 27-10-1943 as NZ1467. Withdrawn from use and stored at Woodbourne in 1948 and then declared surplus on 09-08-1955. It was sold on 09-08-1955 to the Wanganui Aero Club and registered as ZK-BQB on 28-03-1956 with a CofA being issued on 05-04-1956. On 15-08-1960 title was moved to John R Smith of Mapua with it going on line with the Nelson Aero Club until being dismantled and stored at Mapua from 1966. Its registration was finally cancelled on 13-02-1991. With the passing of John Smith, the Tiger Moth was delivered to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre on 13-05-2020 and has been re-assembled for static display.

The Anderson EA-1 Kingfisher ZK-DJH c/n AACA/165/1 was first registered to Mac Bettjeman of TE Kuiti on 15-06-1979.
More details can be found on previous blog post of ZK-DJH on this link.
Current owner is Jacob Hynd of Waikawa, Picton since May of 2021.

Isaac Fury Mk II ZK-DMN c/n AACA/179/1 first flew back on 26-03-1975.
Updating details since The Tail Dragger Cassic Ltd (Petr Fahey) re-acquired it in April 2015 - was donated by R Field to the New Zealand Warbirds Association Ltd at Ardmore from 01-11-2016.
It was moved on to John Saunders of Blenheim from 28-04-2022.
Much more detail on ZK-DMN can be found on several previous blog posts HERE

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