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 - 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
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