The word for some time was this aircraft was to go to the Waikato Museum, but now it's gone to Motat. I hope they do not leave it outdoors now, but it's good to see it has a home I guess. It looks great.
Post by Peter Lewis on Mar 30, 2006 21:37:54 GMT 12
Good to hear that this aircraft has gone to a new home. I'm never particularly keen to see aircraft struck up poles exposed to bird infestation and the weather. I was there at the 'birth' so to speak of CTZ - at the first operational sorties from the strip at Taumarunui on 7th October 1967 (see pic). Despite the signwriting, it was still registered to Air Parts at that time, the transfer to James took place on the 16th. CTZ was built up using a new Fu-24 fuselage c/n 120.
The 'other protoype' you mention Dave would have been Robertson's conversion of an operational Fu-24 ZK-BHQ into the AiResearch Garrett TPE331 turbine powered F.1160. This flew several months later in February 1968, but crashed in August the same year. I've got a bunch of photos of that somewhere.
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Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 30, 2006 21:46:04 GMT 12
That would be interesting. I know little about these prototypes except vague memories of my late Dad talking about them, and seeing CTZ on the pole many times at Rukuhia.
With Cliff Tait's round the world Airtourer there now and this, Motat is taking on a nice NZ-built flavour. I hope they get pride of place in the proposed new building, and not relegated to the salty air outside.