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Serial c/n R.A.F. Aircraft history
NZ7620 set 6 XS599 First Flight 11 May 1966.
Delivered to Andover OCU, Abingdon on 01 July 1966 coded "A".
To Andover Training Squadron, RAF Thorney Island on 01 August 1966 coded "A".
To No.242 OCU Squadron, Thorney Island on 01 November 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island on 01 December 1974.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 18 April 1975.
Test flown Kemble after removal from storage 21 February 1977.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 16 March 1977, departing there on 20 March 1977 and arriving Whenuapai after delivery flight on 02 April 1977.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 18 April 1977.
To No. 42 Squadron, Ohakea in December 1984.
Withdrawn from service late 1996 and sold to Eureka Aviation 28 November 1996 as 9Q-CVG.
Ferried to Brisbane on 07 February 1997.
To Jesus Alive Church, South Africa in May 1978 as EL-VDD.
To J.A.M. Air July 1998 as 3C-JJX.
Was noted at Lanseria with no titles on 18 October 2002.
Put into storage, then sold to 748 Air Services.
Sighted in Congo 1n 2003.
Written off 10 June 2005 after sustaining damage on landing at Lokichoggio Airport, Kenya.
Aircraft landed with undercarriage still retracted, due to miscommunication and unfamiliarity of crew of three, who were unhurt.
Aircraft was further damaged same day when hit by Hercules trying to land on same strip.
Wreckage still present April 2008.

Andover NZ7620 
Butterworth 
July 1982
Photo by Wal Nelowkin  Andover NZ7620 
Butterworth 
July 1982
 Photo by Wal Nelowkin

NZ7621 set 7 XS600 First flight 08 June 1966,
Delivered to Andover OCU, Abingdon on 15 July 1966 coded "B".
To Andover Training Squadron, RAF Thorney Island on 01 August 1966 coded "B".
To No.242 OCU Squadron, Thorney Island on 01 November 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island on 19 February 1975.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 11 April 1975.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 27 April 1977 and arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 24 May 1977.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 24 May 1977.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 09 September 1977.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 10 January 1978.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 10 February 1978.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 02 October 1978.
To No.42 Squadron, Whenuapai 07 December 1984.
Withdrawn June 1996.
Delivered to RNZAF Museum, Wigram on 28 June 1996 with 10,528.7 hours.
On display at RNZAF Museum Wigram NZ.

Andover NZ7621
Photo John A Parker  Andover NZ7621 
Wigram 
18th April 2006
Photo by George Canciani

NZ7622 set 9 XS602 First flight 08 July 1966.
D
elivered to Andover OCU, Abingdon on 24 August 1966 coded "D".
To No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 18 January 1968.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 09 April 1975.
Test flown at Kemble on 16 November 1976.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 16 November 1976.
The aircraft was used for conversion training before it's ferry flight to New Zealand.
A
rrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 05 February 1977.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea on 08 February 1977.
Modified to VIP configuration between November 1977 and June 1978 at No.1 Repair Depot, Woodbourne.
H
anded back to No.42 Squadron 26 June 1978.
VIP refit carried out at Whenuapai by RNZAF and Flight Interiors 1995 (for Queen's visit).
Withdrawn 30 June 1998 with 12,079.9 total hours and sold to Thameside Aero Services as 3C-KKB. Ferried to Brisbane 21 September 1998 and arrived at Southend on 30 September 1998.
To 748 Air Services (Kenya) 03 October 1998.
Noted at Rand in 1999 and 2000.
Last seen airworthy at Nairobi on 14 March 2003.
Suffered a major engine failure in March 2003 and overran Rumbek airstrip in the Southern Sudan on landing, breaking starboard wing.
Wreckage sighted derelict on airstrip 2005, still in VIP colour scheme.
This was the only RNZAF Andover to be officially named - "Rangi Tahu" meaning Chief of the Skies.
NZ7623 set 11 XS604 First flight 22 August 1966.
Delivered to Andover OCU, Abingdon on 29 September 1966.
To No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 01 December 1966.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 23 April 1975.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 26 January 1977 and arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 10 February 1977. BOC No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 11 February 1977.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 26 January 1979.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 09 March 1979.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 16 May 1979.
To No.42 Squadron, Whenuapai in December 1984.
Withdrawn December 1996.
To Eureka Aviation 28 November 1996 as 9Q-CDY.
Ferried Brisbane 07 February 1997.
Stored Antwerp Airport. Leased to Bazair and seen at Nairobi in August 1997.
Stored at Liege in January 1998 and at Antwerp by 31 May 1998.
Dsimantled at Antwerp September 2006 and transported to Emblem, to be used for training fire and ambulance staff.
Still exists as fuselage and wing stubs only.

Andover NZ7623 
Richmond  
13th October 1988
Photo by George Canciani  Andover NZ7623 
Richmond 
October 1988
Photo by Wal Nelowkin  Andover NZ7623 
Wanaka 
2nd April 1994
Photo by George Canciani

NZ7624 set 15 XS608 First flight 04 November 1966.
Delivered to Andover OCU, Abingdon on 05 December 1966.
To No.52 Squadron, Seletar on 23 December 1966.
Departed Changi 06 January 1970.
To NO.5 MU, Kemble for storage.
To Station Flight, Thorney Island 10 November 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island 01 December 1971.
To Station Flight, Thorney Island 12 April 1972.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island 01 October 1973.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage 18 September 1975.
Test flown at Kemble after storage on 16 October 1976.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 18 October 1976.
Used for conversion training before departing for New Zealand.
A
rrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 11 December 1976.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 12 December 1976.
To No.42 Squadron, Whenuapai December 1984.
Withdrawn 1993 with 8395.1 hours.
Dismantled at Whenuapai early 1995 and taken by truck to Ardmore to be used as a pattern for NZ7622 VIP refit.
Returned to Whenuapai by same method.
Transferred to Whenuapai Fire Section.
Hulk of fuselage still in use by Fire Section in 2004.
NZ7625 set 18 XS611 First flight 23 December 1966.
D
elivered to No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 02 February 1967.
To No.21 Squadron, Khormaksar on 15 February 1967.
To Middle East Communications Squadron, Muharraq as VIP aircraft on 17 July 1967.
To No.84 Squadron, Muharraq on 20 December 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island on 29 September 1971.
Loaned to the MoD on 07 November 1973 for use with A &AEE and later the Royal Aircraft Establishment in August 1974 for "MOD201" handling trials.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 19 March 1975.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 19 March 1977.
Arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 02 April 1977.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 18 April 1977.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 31 August 1977.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 13 February 1978.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 25 January 1979.
Withdrawn 30 June 1998 with 12,423.7 total hours and sold to Thames Aero Spares as 3C-KKC.
Ferried Brisbane 21 September 1998 and arrived Southend 28 September 1998.
To 748 Air Services (Kenya) September 1998.
Last noted at Nairobi on 11 March 2000.
NZ7626 set 19 XS612 First flight 13 January 1967.
Delivered to No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 17 February 1967.
To No.52 Squadron, Seletar on 29 March 1967.
Departed Changi 06 January 1970.
To Station Flight, Abingdon on 14 January 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Muharraq by 21 March 1970.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 07 July 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island 29 June 1973.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 16 April 1975.
Delivered to RNZAF at Brize Norton on 28 January 1977.
Arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight on 08 February 1977.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 11 February 1977.
To No.42 Squadron, Whenuapai in December 1984.
Withdrawn December 1996.
To Eureka Aviation 28 November 1996 as 9Q-CJR.
Ferried Brisbane 17 April 1997 and arrived at Wevelgem on 24 April 1997.
Registered EL-AFY and flew with that registration from Ostend on 30 May 1997.
To Eastern Congo Airlines by August 1997.
Operated by SAFT during 1998.
To Gabon Express as 3C-CPX from 26 October 1998.
Now registered 3D-MKX.
Last noted leaving Rand on 01 March 2003 and reportedly was for sale.
NZ7627 set 20 XS613 First flight 26 January 1967.
Delivered to No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 17 February 1967.
To No.52 Squadron, Seletar on 29 March 1967.
Departed Changi 06 January 1970.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage 16 January 1970.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island 25 February 1971.
To Station Flight, Thorney Island 18 March 1971.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island on 27 May 1971.
To No242 OCU, Thorney Island 14 March 1972.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island 11 April 1972.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage 12 June 1974.
Handed over to RNZAF at Brize Norton 25 April 1977.
Arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight 06 May 1977.
BOC No.42 Squadron 20 May 1977.
Withdrawn 30 June 1998 with 13,879.4 total hours and sold to Thameside Aero Services.
Stored at Ardmore originally before being sold as 3C-KKS.
Ferried to Southend arriving there on 26 April 1999.
Painted in Air Katanga titles and registered as 9Q-COE.
Last seen at Lanseria in Air Katanga colours and registered as 9Q-COE on 19 April 2002.
Last known sighting parked at lokichoggio, Kenya, 16 April 2008.
The registration 9Q-COE was later allocted to ex-RAF Andover E3A XS644.

Andover NZ7627 
Avalon 
23rd October 1992
Photo by George Canciani 

NZ7628 set 22 XS638 First flight 08 March 1967.
Delivered to No.46 Squadron, Abingdon on 03 April 1967.
To No.242 OCU, Thorney Island 29 June 1973.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island on 02 May 1975.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage on 08 May 1975.
Handed over to RNZAF at Brize Norton 27 January 1977.
Arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight 08 February 1977.
BOC No.42 Squadron, Ohakea on 04 February 1977.
Flown Whenuapai to Woodbourne on 13 February 1977 for modification to VIP configuration.
After 25,000 man-hour nine month conversion at No.1 Repair Depot, Woodbourne, was handed back to No.42 Squadron 02 November 1977.
Withdrawn December 1996 and stored at Ardmore.
To Eureka Aviation as 9Q-CYB.
Ferried Brisbane 18 April 1997 en route Wevelgem.
To International Transair Business - ITAB Cargo in April 1997.
Last noted at Lanseria in June 2005, still with ITAB, but no logos.

Andover NZ7628 
Brize Norton, UK 
31st December 1976
Photo by Mike Freer  Andover NZ7628 
42 SQN Christchurch 
December 1977 
Glen Reid Collection

NZ7629 set 29 XS645 First flight 21 September 1967.
Delivered to No.84 Squadron, Sharjar on 06 October 1967 coded "E".
To Station Flight, Thorney Island 05 November 1971.
To No.242 OCU, Thorney Island from February to May 1972.
To No.46 Squadron, Thorney Island.
To No.5 MU, Kemble for storage 19 June 1974.
Handed over to RNZAF at Brize Norton 04 October 1977.
Arrived Whenuapai after delivery flight 15 October 1977.
BOC No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 26 October 1977.
This aircraft was modified to incorporate an additional wing fuel tank before departure and acted as the prototype for modifying the other 9 aircraft.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 23 January 1979.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 18 February 1979.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea 16 May 1979.
To No.1 Squadron, Whenuapai 31 July 1979.
To No.42 Squadron, Ohakea in December 1984.
Withdrawn 30 June 1998 with 12,687.1 total hours and sold to Thameside Aero Services.
Stored at Ardmore originally and then sold as 3C-KKT arriving at Southend on 04 April 1999.
To Air Katanga as 9Q-CVC from 08 April 1999.
Last noted at Lanseria on 21 November 2001.
Registration 9Q-CVC also carried by Andover XS640.

Andover NZ7629
Photo by Peter Prince

 
     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Source: Various AHSNZ publications 1977-1998. Squadrons of the RAF by J. Halley. Aero Transport database. Old Props database. UK Serials Website. Propliner Magazine. NZ Wings 1987-1998. Air Britain Historians.

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Updated 26 November 2013

     

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