I'm betting that the TradeMe ID "Thor" is actually Alan Thoresen. He is the Hamilton guy who took his Kawasaki drag bike to Bonneville last year (World's Fastest Indian style) but crashed out.
Alan was involved with Pacific Aerospace back when they were going to be importing and selling BD-5 kits. I guess the bike is taking precedence over the planes these days.
There was never a decent recip engine for the BD-5 and the jet version was too expensive (and high performance) for most potential builders. I've seen the BD-5J displayed at a couple of airshows (Mangere 1992 and Oshkosh in '95 and '99) and it looked pretty darn cool.
I also liked the look of the BD-10 until it started killing people...
When I was at Wigram there was a NATS navigator there by the name of Tony Kenworthy (not the engineering guy from Mt Cook/Safe) who had two or three BD-5s which he stored in the area between NATS and the Museum area of 7 hangar. He had a list of where every BD-5 that came to NZ was. He got into strife with the CO for cruising around base in a all black (no chrome at all) Monaro (I think) with tinted windows all round. This would have been about 83 or 84. What became of his BD-5s?
That must be him. Pete Sheehan in Auckland was doing one with a Turbocharged Honda Civic lined up for it. Dr Rose apparently got his into the air briefly There was a bunch of them on top of the offices in the PAC hangar when I used to go there in the late 70s and there is another at Ashburton Museum I don't know where the rest ended up.
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
That's ZK-XBD, G S Nicholls. It attempted to fly at the SAA airshow earlier this year (see pic below) but never actually made it into the air.
As an aside, I wonder what happened to NZ's only BD4. Heralded as the aircraft that started the kit plane industry, and remarkably popular worldwide, only one of these aircraft has made it into the air here - ZK-RDH owned by Russell D Harris, Opua, Bay of Islands. The project was started by Trevor Snell in 1975 who built fuselage, and then bought by Harris 1992. First flight was in December 1996 and the aircraft is seen here at Kerikeri in 1998. CAA have it logged as cancelled 2June2004, anyone know why?