ZK - BDI c/n 462
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Imported by De Havilland (NZ) Ltd., Wellington 14/07/1953, ff 02/10/1953
To James Aviation Ltd., Hamilton. "No.2" flown by Hap Neville (53/54), Red McNally (54/55)
Flown by Peter McNab until badly damaged by gale force winds at Taupo, 12/05/1958.
Wreck purchased by Aerial Farming (NZ) Ltd., Palmerston North.
Rebuilt by Aerial Farming with new registration, ZK-BMO. Test flown 19/12/1958
Flown by Bob Divehall until Jan., 1960 then Bruce McMillan until crash at Niho Niho, 02/09/1960.
Wreck exported to Australia, rebuilt as VH-AAW and operated by Aerial Agriculture Ltd.
To Robby's Aircraft Pty. Ltd. as VH-RAS.
Imported back to N.Z. March, 1966 by Fieldair Ltd. at Gisborne. Ff 15/03/1966
Flown by Bob Cranston, Harley Cadwallader, Neville Worsley and Jim Frogley
Re-registered as ZK-CPZ. Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd., Palmerston North, 18/11/1980.
To Kairanga Aviation Ltd., Palmerston North, 16/09/1983.
Registration changed back to ZK-BDI.
Sold to Parakai Parachute Centre, Balmoral, 08/02/1988.
To (Fieldair), Palmerston North, 29/09/1990
Exported to Australia 1990.
Registered as VH-BOS 10/01/1991 to Altair Aviation P/L, Camperdown, Victoria.
Part One - BDI - 1953-1960
At the Palmerston North Air Show 9th November 1956 © Don Noble
And again at the air show 9/11/56 © Don Noble
Belly landing, no date/place available © Don Noble
With racks fitted, at Rukuhia © Don Noble
Having a new engine fitted at Ngaino Station 1957 © Lou Forhecz
Upended after a storm at Taupo 12th May 1958 © Don Noble
BMO pictured at Fielding 1959 © Lou Forhecz
A new paint scheme at Piriaka 1959 © Don Noble
At Rongotai 1959 © Peter Lewis
Now in Australia as VH-AAW, pictured at Bankstown March 1962
© Ed Coates Collection
And at Parafiled, South Australia as VH-RAS © Ed Coates Collection
Now in South Australia in 1963 as VH-RAS © Peter Lewis
Now back with initial registration in the Hallett Griffin camp.
Pictured here at Masterton 29th January 1984 © Don Noble
Back at Griffin's Kairanga base 10th March 1984 © Don Noble
Pilot Colin Sutherland and BDI at Kairanga 1984 © C.Sutherland
September 1986 at Ardmore when used in the making of a Movie.
Colin Sutherland flying while stunt man Peter Bell braves the outside
with no parachute.
A Wings article about this. Photos from © Colin Sutherland
Now at Camperdown, Victoria as VH-BOS © Neil Aird
|After the crash at Niho Niho 2nd September 1960, the wreck was exported to Australia and
rebuilt. Initial registration was VH-AAW then later VH-RAS when purchased by Robby's Air
|The wreck above from the storm was purchased by Aerial Farming at Palmerston North and
rebuilt. Now registered ZK-BMO, it was test flown 19th December 1958 and was flown by Bob
Divehall then Bruce McMillan.
|In March 1966, this Beaver was exported back to New Zealand after being purchased by Fieldair.
It was registered ZK-CPZ and had it's first flight 15th March 1966.
Please see ZK-CPZ for this part of the Aircraft's history here: ZK-CPZ
On the 16th September 1983, this Beaver was purchased by Hallett Griffin at Kairanga and the
registration was changed back to it's original ZK-BDI. Then on the 8th February 1988, it moved on
to the Parakai Parachute Club North of Auckland. In 1990, a Fieldair employee bought it and later
that year it was exported back to Australia, having been purchased by Altair Aviation,
Camperdown, Victoria where it is still stored as VH-BOS