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
Has come to my attention that Rex Sturgeon of Invercargill has passed away, his Stolp Starduster was not finished but fortunately the project has been purchased by someone in the North Island who intends to complete it.
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2020 21:19:56 GMT 12 by simonrh