I agree, Shorty. Their ability to get into short strips and flexibility was sadly lost through economics. The ability to operate without expensive ground support made them obviously attractive for the operators who acquired them for relief operations in Africa.
This is a summary that I pieced together from various sources, however there is probably a bit more up-to-date information out there on the final disposition of NZ7627 and NZ7628. ________________________________________
NZ7620 (XS599) – As 5Y-SFE crashed in Democratic Republic of Congo in early 2003(5) (Confirmed) See: Written off 10 June 2005 after sustaining damage on landing at Lokichoggio Airport, Kenya. Aircraft landed with undercarriage still retracted, due to miscommunication and unfamiliarity of crew of three, who were unhurt. Aircraft was further damaged same day when hit by Hercules trying to land on same strip. Wreckage still present April 2008 (scrapped). ________________________________________
NZ7621 (XS600) - RNZAF Museum (Confirmed). ________________________________________
NZ7622 (XS602) – As 3C-KKB with 748 Air Services crashed at Rumbek airstrip in the Southern Sudan 2003. Suffered a major engine failure and overran Rumbek airstrip in the Southern Sudan on landing, breaking starboard wing. Wreckage sighted derelict on airstrip 2005, still in VIP colour scheme (scrapped). ________________________________________
NZ7623 (XS604) – As 9Q-CDY at the ‘Fire School’ in Ranst Belgium 2006. ________________________________________
NZ7624 (XS608) - Fuselage only survives as fire trainer at RNZAF Whenuapai (Confirmed). ________________________________________
NZ7625 (XS611) – As 3C-KKC reportedly with 748 Air Services, but stored at Lokichoggio (Kenya) – de-registered and scrapped 2007. ________________________________________
NZ7626 (XS612) – As 3D-MKX with Malu Avn crashed at Bandandu (Swaziland) in 2003 (scrapped). ________________________________________
NZ7627 (XS613) – As 9Q-COE Last seen at Lanseria in Air Katanga colours 2002. Last known sighting parked at Lokichoggio, Kenya, 2008. De-registered (probably scrapped). ________________________________________
NZ7628 (XS638) – AS 9Q-CYB at Lanseria 2005 with International Transair Business - ITAB Cargo Registered..? (unknown). ________________________________________
NZ7629 (XS645) – As 9Q-CVC with Air Katanga at Lanseria DRC 2001 – de-registered (scrapped). ________________________________________
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on May 18, 2017 11:56:10 GMT 12
The Air Britain book turned up in the mail today.
I've only had a quick look through it and first impressions are that it is up to Air Britain's usual high standards.
Both Mount Cook Airlines and the RNZAF have entries on their operations of 748 and Andover transports, but the best part is the extensive entries for each of the individual airframes which were operated in New Zealand.
And, a pleasant surprise....a DVD came with the book. I'll have to check that out next time I've got some days off.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Forgot to mention with regard to the colour photo of NZ7626 and '24 in Fiji, I was on board '26 when the photo was taken. We had taken a load out to the island (which one I cannot recall) and were getting ready to come back when '24 came in to the same strip. The most interesting landing was at Ba, where the approach is over the beach and at the other end is a rather substantial hill. We had a load of rice (about 5 tonnes), and once we had landed and backed into a parking bay, the aircraft was unloaded within 5 minutes by the local villagers. We couldn't stop because we had to get out before dark and back to Nadi.