Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 30, 2018 19:10:59 GMT 12
I posted the photo of the Tiger into Mad Max's post a couple of posts ago for him,and he has also sent these two through with this info:
"On a happier note I've attached two images of Tigers both which flew in NZ and were exported to Aussie, one from whence it came, as "basket cases"and both are now flying again.
The first VH-AQN was Australian built and served the RAAF as A17-384 prior to becoming VH-BBR and later exported to NZ where it was registered ZK-AVI. Years later it ended up with Miles Robertson and was re-exported back to Aussie as "partly rebuilt" after pranging near Taumarunui in 1986. It was restored there and was involved in another bad accident on the Gold Coast about 2 decades ago. Its now flying again and is based at Caboolture.
The second Tiger began life in the UK as RAF s/nT7093 later G-AMMX then to NZ as ZK-BAN. C of A was cancelled in 1961. I've no idea when it was sold to Australian however it flew again for the first time about 4 years ago and it too is based on Caboolture.
Feel free to put both on the WONZ website.
I'm sure Peter L will be able to fill in the gaps and maybe make some corrections.
Post by Peter Lewis on Jul 30, 2018 22:21:50 GMT 12
ZK-AVI I have as ex A17-367 prior to becoming VH-BBR Worked for James Aviation from August 1950, then Robertson Air Services from October 1953. Towed at Matamata from May 1961 before passing to Miles Roberson on 3April1969.
Crashed near Taumaranui 26Oct69. Remains S.Abd Australia 1986.
ZK-AVI with Robertsons, Rukuhia December 1954
ZK-BAN c/n 83478 ex RAF T7093 then G-AMMX with aircraft dealer M J Spence briefly in 1952.
As ZK-BAN was with East Coast Air Services Ltd., Gisborne
Then moved to Auckland in 1957 with R.C. Richardson who leased the Tiger to Weedair, followed by T.W. Bates in 1959. WFU in July 1960. A L Phillips, Manurewa, tried to resurrect the aircraft as ZK-COU, failed, and passed the project on to Ian Bennie who used some of the parts in his rebuild of ZK-BFX.
V Neil than stored the airframe before selling it off into Australia.
Hi Peter, Thanks for correcting the military PI of AVI. Finger or perhaps eye trouble there. Have an idea I saw the dismantled BAN many moons ago in an Ardmore hangar which was later used by the Auckland gliding club
Post by planewriting on Jul 31, 2018 9:52:20 GMT 12
The mystery I would like to solve is what has happened to ZK-BME "Tuggerbuggy". I was visiting Auckland, may be up to 30 years ago, and when at Motat the fuselage of ZK-BME bearing its name "Tuggerbuggy" arrived on a trailer. I have not seen or heard of that Tiger Moth ever since and given that it looked in a complete state then surely it must be out there somewhere. Motat say it is not there. Any leads on ZK-BME anyone?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 19, 2019 15:11:23 GMT 12
Well there is 52 of them on the CAA register. Probably a good number more no longer on the register, such as the ones in museums (Wigram, MOTAT, Te Papa, Classic Flyers NZ, Southwards Car Museum....) and those in sheds stored and under restoration.
"It is actually a Replica, originally built for the agridome. It was indeed a project by Wal and Colin Denholm, also Colin Sutherland of White Island Airways. It incorporates a number of genuine components. I worked with both Wal and Colin at Gulf Aeronautics before this Tiger was built (Circa 1993) and I know that the quality of workmanship would be superb. Colin was an awesome engineer who had done his time with Union Airways and NAC - including converting DH express airliners to Bombers before they went to Fiji! (unfotunately he passed away a few years ago) Neither Wal nor Colin had any time for "cosmetic Replicas" so its not surprising its hard to tell the difference with this one."