Whilst browsing some photos, I came across this one, of BFP tucked up in it;s hangar at DF, 1979. BFP went to the USA, and Stan Smith still has AKM, airworthy?. All of Myles Robertsons Moth Minor bits went to Colin Smith, and I think he is rebuilding one, so are there any other Moth Minors flying, or being restored to fly in NZ, at the moment. There should be 3 or 4, tucked away around the country. Pongakawa?
Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 17, 2011 20:02:07 GMT 12
ZK-AKM c/n 94012 airworthy G S & G A Smith, Dairy Flat
ZK-ALD c/n 94046 Not rebuilt after WFU 1965. Stored Auckland ZK-AKL c/n 94061 WFU at Ardmore 1960s, stored Auckland ZK-ALN c/n 94001 Damaged & stored Pongakawa
G-AFPR c/n 94031 reported under rebuild at Mandeville for J Baynes as ZK-AJN/2 VH-AGA c/n 94084 reported under rebuild at Mandeville as ZK-AJR ZK-AJX c/n 94071 Cr Mokau River, Taranaki, 9Mar52. Remains to Colin Smith
ZK-BFP c/n 9403 was S.Abd USA as N9403 in the early 1980s
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Post by angelsonefive on Jan 26, 2011 16:47:47 GMT 12
Thanks Jon L for posting that pic.
Years ago, it must have '61 or '62 when I was but a yoof, I saw a sweet little enclosed cabin version of the Moth Minor at PP. I think it was called a DH Moth Minor Coupe. I wonder what became of it. Could be one of the a/c listed above ?
How easy was it to convert open/coupe/open? A skilsaw and some plywood? Or rather more than that.
A very different fuselage altogether as I recall. A turtle-deck rear fuselage, similar to a Proctor or a Whitney Straight, with a door for access. A lot more to it, I should think, than simply installing a glasshouse style canopy, a la Tiger Moth Coupe, on a tandem open cockpit machine.
I was at the Otaki strip on the opening day of the Otaki Aero Club. AKM was flown in there that day, from where I do not know, by the Wgton Aero Club CFI Bill Coulter, and the plane was definitely an open cockpit type that day. I recall that it was finished in either green and white or green and silver. Most likely the latter I think. I flew over to Otaki in a Wgton Aero Club PA18-95 Cub with an instructor, Bruce James in the back seat. Sad to say, I seem to have neglected to enter the flight in my logbook, but if memory serves it was in 1961.
ZK-ALD c/n 94046 Not rebuilt after WFU 1965. Stored Auckland ZK-AKL c/n 94061 WFU at Ardmore 1960s, stored Auckland
Reopening this thread a 'few' years later because I'm curious about ALD/AKL. Where exactly in Auckland were/are they stored (if they still are, at that)? Would sure be nice to see some Moth Minors flying 'round Ardmore.