c/n 1557

22/07/1964 - Commissioned at the de Havilland factory in Downsview, Ontario, Canada
08/10/1964 - Arrived at Hawker-Siddeley, Wellington, New Zealand
29/01/1965 - Purchased by Fieldair Ltd. of Gisborne. This was Fieldair’s 10th Beaver.
Registered as ZK-CKD, it was based at Dannevirke and flown by Jim Irving.
Also based there at this time was Fieldair’s 2nd Beaver ZK-BBX flown by Brian Noblett.
CKD remained in Dannevirke until 1972, being flown by several pilots including Derek Erskine,
Jim Doyle and Harley Cadwallader.
It was also flown out of Wairoa for a short time by Roger Crowe.
Late in 1972 it went to Gisborne when Roger failed his medical.
CKD was passed on to Bill Luther who had just joined the Company in Gisborne.
Bill flew this Beaver for the next 7 years, up until 1979 when he went on to
flying the DC3. CKD was flown by several pilots after this including Vaughan Wilson
and John Rika.
02/04/1974 - Slight damage at Whakatane "nudging" a pump shed (H.Cadwallader)
It was finally retired from the rigors of topdressing in 1986.
Several of Fieldair’s Beavers were put up for sale in as is where is condition as they had
been slowly replaced by the Fletcher topdresser.
Frank Wright in Tauranga purchased these aircraft and proceeded to
completely strip and rebuild them all, some in Gisborne and some in Tauranga.
They were all put back to passenger configuration with ZK-BMF being the first to
undergo the transformation.
1991-92 CKD was completely rebuilt and is noted as being purchased by
Wilderness Wings in Hokitika on the 8th of February 1993.
It was purchased by its current owner, Seawing Airways, Darwin, N.T. Australia in 1996.
10/05/1996 - New owners Steve Krug & Jenny Belfield flew this Beaver across the Tasman and
on up to Darwin. It was registered as VH-SWB and still retains this title.
Steve and Jenny later relocated to Rose Bay, Sydney N.S.W.
As at the 30th of June 2014, Steve has flown 11,800 hours on floats in SWB, ferrying sightseers
and tourists throughout the Sydney area. He has also accomplished over 26,600 water
landings and 4,580 land landings.
1965                                                              2014
1965 - 24th October                                  1966                                                1966
Dannevirke                                  Loading near Dannevirke      Loading near Waipukarau
© Don Noble                                      Pilot Derek Erskine                   Pilot Derek Erskine
                                                    © Don Noble                                 © Don Noble
1967 - 25th March               1970 - 28th December        1971 - 11th April               1971 - 11th April
Dannevirke                              Dannevirke                          Dannevirke                       Dannevirke
© Don Noble                         © Don Noble                      © Dave Bates                    With ZK-BBX
                                                                                                                                     © Dave Bates
1972 - 8th January            1972 - 26th February       1973 - 23rd December     1974 - 27th October
Dannevirke                         Dannevirke                           Gisborne                            Gisborne
© Don Noble                      © Dave Bates                      © Dave Bates                   © Dave Bates
1974 - 27th October          1975 - 7th January            1977 - 3rd January          1977 - 1st March
Gisborne                           Gisborne                              Gisborne                          Gisborne
With CZL & CRE                © Don Noble                          © Don Noble               © Dave Bates
© Dave Bates
1977 - 8th April           1977 - 22nd December       1979 - 7th January            1980 - 9th January        1980 - 27th September         1983 - 14th April                            1992                       1993 - 29th January    
Gisborne                  Holden's strip near                 Gisborne                                Gisborne                            Gisborne                             Gisborne                             Tauranga                            Tauranga
© Don Noble            Gisborne. Bill Luther pilot       © Don Noble                       © Don Noble                      © Dave Bates                    © Don Noble                  Nearing completion              © Don Noble
                                 © Ray Deerness                                                                                                                                                                                                        © Frank Wright
       1993 - 19th December                                 1995 - 22nd June           1996 - 11th September                2008 - 27th January         2009 - 30th October        2009 - 30th October            2009 - 30th October
                  Hokitika                                                       Hokitika                              Bankstown                                   Rose Bay                          Bankstown                        Bankstown                       Bankstown        
            © Don Noble                                                © Don Noble                                                                      © Warwick Bigsworth           © Graeme Mills                 © Graeme Mills                  ©Graeme Mills
2009 - 12th December   2011 - 16th September     2012 - 5th January            2014 - 11th October         2014 - 11th October          2015 - 15th August
Palm Beach                     Palm Beach                       Palm Beach                      Palm Beach                          Palm Beach                       Palm Beach
© Graeme Mills           © Warwick Bigsworth         © Graeme Mills                  © Graeme Mills                    © Graeme Mills                 © Graeme Mills