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
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
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