ZK-AZB
     c/n 156

14/08/1951 - Production date
16/10/1951 - Exported to N.Z.
12/1951 - Arrived in N.Z.
12/1951 - Assembled at Mangere
19/12/1951 - Purchased by Lawson Field
21/12/1951 - Test flight

23/12/1951 - Flown to Gisborne by Noel Marshall
Later flown to de Havilland Wellington for hopper installation

03/1952 - First topdressing job off Darton Field Gisborne. Pilot was Gerry Oman
    Other pilots to fly AZB around this time were Bob Allen
    and Bruce Thompson among others.

10/07/1961 - Restored as the East Coast Air Services "Flagship" Flown by Don Thorpe
1962 - Back with Fieldair
Based at Gisborne, Wairoa, Hastings, Waipukarau, Masterton and Dannevirke
1965 - Flown by Jack McCurdy at Wairoa
1967 - Force landed in swamp at Wairoa, 1968. Prop oil seal failure. McCurdy unhurt.
18/12/1970 - To Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd.
1972-75 - Flown by Tiri Manahi from Dannevirke.
30/03/1984 - To Fieldair Holdings Ltd. Palmerston North. Wfu and stored at Gisborne
1986/87 - Rebuilt and repainted at Gisborne
11/02/1988 - To Motiti Island Air
20/05/1990 - To Kayla Holdings, Hallett M Griffin, Palmerston North. Operated as topdresser
16/03/1998 - Sold to Barry & Trish Christie Walair Ltd., Walcha, NSW, Australia. Reg VH-WOZ
08/2006 - tt 22,000 hours
23/02/2009 - Sold back to Kayla Holdings  Hallett M Griffin
06/10/2009 - Completed last topdressing job, Guyra, NSW flown by Hallett Griffin
27/01/2010 - Placed in container at Bankstown for shipping to N.Z.
25/02/2010 - Arrived in Napier
20/07/2010 - Arrived by truck at Kairanga and reassembled during August.
15/09/2010 - Arrived back from paint shop with new scheme. Test flown late September.
23/10/2010 - Arrived in Gisborne for the Lawson Field Reunion

As at September 2014, AZB still has the hopper installed and can be seen at Airshows and
similar gatherings around New Zealand. It is one of only two Beavers in the world
configured for topdressing. The other is BBX which is still working in the role.
1951 - December -            1951 - 21st December    1952 - Unknown          1953 - 16th December
Being assembled             Test flight day  at             Getting some work     At Paraparaumu
at Mangere                          Mangere - Dark blue      done
© Don Noble                       scheme © Don Noble    © Bob Allen                  © Don Noble
1954 - 5 photos from then Pilot Bob Allen working near Matawai  and also on Waipaoa
Station near Gisborne. AZB still had the original dark blue colour scheme.          
                                               all © Bob Allen                                                                   
                                                                                                              
1954 - 2 photos from later in 1954 with the          1960 - First colour         1964 - Masterton
new colour scheme of light blue/silver.             photo - loading at          © Richard Goring
                 © Don Noble                                         possibly Napier?
                                                                                 © John Anderson
1966 - Dannevirke         1966 - Dannevirke        1967 - Wairoa - Forced     1969 - Masterton
with BMF & CKD            Derek Erskine &           landing due to prop           © John Anderson
© Derek Erskine             family © D Erskine       seal failure. J.McCurdy
                                                                    unhurt © Wairoa Aero Club
1970 - Matawai -             1971 - Matawai               1971 - Puhatikitiki         1971 - 11th April      
Pilot Owen Martin          Pilot - Owen Martin          strip - Gisborne            Masterton
© Owen Martin                  © Ernie Tait                   Pilot Owen Martin          © Dave Bates
                                                                               © Owen Martin
1972 - 27th October - Dannevirke             1973 - 29th December          1973 - Oringi           1974 - 1st January       1975 - Oringi             1980 - 9th January        1980 - Gisborne           1980 - Gisborne
        © Dave Bates                                     Dannevirke                © Neville Worsley                 Oringi                    Tiri Manahi flying           Gisborne                   With DC3 AWP            Lined up with 4
                                                                          © Don Noble                                                  © Ray Deerness         over parked DC3       © Don Noble                © Peter Garlick            others
                                                                                                                                                                                     © Graham Whibley                                                                                     © Peter Lewis
1980 - These 6 photos were taken by Ernie "Spud" Tait about 1980. The Pilot was the late Vaughan "Flash" Wilson who was            1981 - 9th May - Napier  1982 - Courtesy         1982 - 16th April
sowing Lime at Whatatutu, North of Gisborne. Vaughan went on to fly for Farmers Air. Around this time he got "the bends"                 © Peter Lewis                 © Neil Aird                       Dannevirke
whilst diving and was water skiing at Wairoa when he went into a coma and never recovered. A sad loss for his wife Eddie                                                                                                     © Don Noble
and his family and friends. I was at Fieldair when Vaughan was there, always a friendly, happy chap.   R.I.P. Flash.
                                                             ©  Ernie Tait -
The Toolshed - Gisborne
After Fieldair
1987 - Gisborne -         1989 - 30th August       1990 - Masterton -         1991 - 16th March                            1993 - 17th January              1993 - 17th January      1993 - Taihape             1994 - Ohakea
After rebuild - then      Tauranga -                      now with Hallett                 Masterton                                                 Kairanga                            Working at Opiki
to Motiti Island Air                                                 Griffin - Kairanga             © Don Noble                                       © Don Noble                                 © Don Noble                
© Graeme Mills             © Dave Bates     
To Australia                                     
2006 - 7th October - now registered as            2009 - A frosty start     2009 - 5th October - the day prior to                 2009 - 6th October - early morning start at Armidale Airport, prior to leaving for
VH-WOZ and operating out of owners                © Barrie Christie        topdressing for the last time in                          Ian Lupton's farm East of Guyra. 1st photo shows at left Lenn Bayliss who came
Barrie & Trish Christie's property at Walcha                                            Australia.   © Graeme Mills                                   down from Toowoomba to record the event. 2nd photo shows owner Hallett
     © Graeme Mills                                                                                                                                                                Griffin in the cockpit and Barrie Christie. 3rd photo taxiing out. 4th photo taken
                                                                                                                                                                                                       by Lenn Bayliss.  © Graeme Mills     © Lenn Bayliss
2009 - 6th October - More photos from the last topdressing job in Australia, sowing R.P.R. A very warm day after a -10 degrees in        Barrie Christie in      2009 - 5th December - David Salter popped
                Walcha overnight. Barrie was also working off the same strip in Super Air's Cresco VH-UFI                                                     Cresco VH-UFI          a little Super on his farm at Walcha then
                                                                     all  photos  © Graeme Mills                                                                                                         lifting off © G.Mills     ferried WOZ to Bankstown. Pictured at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                left are Sy Allsep, John Land, David Salter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         & Peter Reardon       © Peter Reardon
Back To N.Z.
2009 - 12th December  2010 - 27th January   2010 - 28th April           2010 - 20th July - Arriving at Hallett Griffin's Kairanga base and      2010 - 15th September   2010 - 4th October - Painted, assembled   
Getting ready for the    Loading in to the 40   Arrived in Napier                                                    being partly assembled 26th August            Arriving back from the      and ready for the test flight.
container ride to NZ          foot container           © Alison Griffin                                                      and prepared for painting                                         paint shop                                        © Alison Griffin
© Graeme Mills                © Graeme Mills                                                                                                    © Alison Griffin                                                    © Alison Griffin
2010 - 23rd October     2010 - 24th October     2010 - 24th October - 2 magnificent shots      2011 - 17th August      2012 - 13th April             2012 - 27th August    2012 - 15th September
Gisborne with Neville        Gisborne                   from master air-to-air photographer                 At the Kairanga           A display at the              Kairanga base            Startup at Hastings
Worsley & Graeme       © Lenn Bayliss              Gavin Conroy. Taken over Poverty Bay          base  © G.Mills            Wanaka Air Show           © G.Mills
Mills     © G.Mills                                                                        © Gavin Conroy
2012 - 29th September - Ardmore - taken     2013 - 13th January     2013 - 31st March
on the day of the Mosquito unveiling.           Masterton Air Show     Air Show at Omaka
     © Colin Hunter                                                                                © Peter Lewis
Arrival into N.Z. December
1951 and purchased by
Lawson Field 19th
December 1951