Built in 1963 by Frank Thrush, one Stolp Starduster SA 100 c/n 14, N73R has been lurking in the hangars at Rangiora from at least May 2007.
Originally powered with a O-290 engine, however this engine was trashed during the 1994 fuel contamination in the US. It now runs an 0-320.
Andrew Philpotts has done considerable work on it for it owner Alan Ryde (ex Citabria ZK-CRT).
As you can see it is cunningly disguised as a Boeing F4B4.
It was cancelled from the FAA register on 03-01-08. not sure yet what the new registration will be, but he is hoping to get a dispensation to keep it in this scheme and not to have ZK- splatterd along the fuslage. Think this is he first SA 100 in country. There have been/are three SA 900's