Post by Peter Lewis on Nov 18, 2015 21:23:02 GMT 12
I note two Cassutts had registrations allotted:
Cassutt Sport Mk3 c/n AC-001, ZK-CJM - Aerocraft (NZ) Ltd., Palmerston North 6Jul1967 - cancelled 11Aug1977 as Not completed.
Cassutt Racer IIIM c/n AACA/116/1, ZK-CUM R Handley, Blenheim NTU - re-reg'd ZK-DHJ R Handley, Blenheim 8Feb1978, T J Smith, Blenheim 12Jan1984, M M Smith, Palmerston North 17Jun1987, B A Emeny, Inglewood 21Aug1989. Reg canc 10Jul2002 as WFU at New Plymouth - stored in bits at New Plymouth airfield.
On the basis that the restoration underway is of ZK-DHJ then the question arises, just how much of Jensen's ZK-CJM was actually completed?
It will be CJM. Aerocraft was the business Sid Jensen set up to build Druine Turbulents (in much the same way Rollason did in the UK) some Turbuents such as BWE were completed but a lot remained as wooden kits. I have seen some Aerocraft Turbulent kit components quite recently - they seem to still be in circulation, but never get built into planes! It is quite possible the Cassutt may be a similar story - a collection of partially finished components. I get the Feeling Sid Jensen was a great "Starter" of projects, but a poor finisher, as he was also involved in a Sequoia Falco and Jurca Sirocco which also passed through a number of builders before completion!
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...