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Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5906
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Serial c/n Aircraft history
NZ5901 12832 Allocated G-AINR to Bristol Aeroplane Company 27 January 1947, and G18-98 during 1951.
BOC RNZAF Whenuapai 21 December 1951 as NZ5901 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBA.
Crashed Mauripur, Pakistan 19 April 1954 during United Kingdom-New Zealand flight.
Crew unhurt and aircraft shipped back to United Kingdom for rebuild,
BOC RNZAF, Changi 07 November 1955.
Crashed in Cameron Highlands, Malaya during supply drop operations about noon on 10 December 1956.
The aircraft flew into a valley and collided with a 4000 foot fog shrouded ridge.
Squadron Leader Alexander Tie, Flying Officer William Devescovi, Flying Officer Douglas Nelson and 5 passengers killed, while a single passenger survived and was later rescued.
NZ5902 12833 Allocated G-AINS to Bristol Aeroplane Company 27 January 1947, and G18-99 on 19 November 1951.
Arrived RNZAF Whenuapai 06 December 1951 and BOC with No.41 Squadron 13 December 1951 as NZ5902.
Radio call sign ZMZBB.
Final RNZAF flight with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 15 March 1977.
WFU Whenuapai 23 March 1977.
Sold by GSB tender 19 June 1978.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPA on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
Reduced to spares during August 1986 and cancelled from civil register as broken up on 01 December 1988.

Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5902
Photo provided by 161 Recce Flight Association  Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5902
Photo provided by 161 Recce Flight Association

NZ5903 12834 Allocated G-AINT to Bristol Aeroplane Company 27 January 1947, and G18-100 during 1951.
BOC RNZAF 10 March 1952 as NZ 5903.
Radio call sign ZMZBD WFU 20 May 1977.
Final RNZAF flight with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 20 May 1977.
Operated last operational Bristol Freighter flight by RNZAF when aircraft was ferried from Whenuapai to Wigram on 16 March 1978.
To RNZAF Museum 16 March 1978 where it is presently on display.

Bristol Frieghter
NZ 5903 
Photo by Rod Farquhar  Bristol Frieghter
NZ 5903 
Photo by Rod Farquhar  Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5903
Photo by Rod Farquhar

NZ5904 12927 Allocated G-AMCR to Bristol Aeroplane Company 11 July 1950, and G18-101 on 18 January 1952.
BOC RNZAF 05 May 1952 as NZ5904 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBF.
To SAFE 19 March 1954 as ZK-BEV.
Returned RNZAF 28 June 1954 as NZ5904.
Loaned to SAFE for aerial topdressing trials between 28 March and 28 June 1954.
Flew final RNZAF Bristol flight to Chathams 20 January 1968.
Final RNZAF flight with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 14 February 1977.
WFU Whenuapai 16 February 1977.
Sold by GSB tender 19 June 1978.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd as ZK-EPB on 17 August 1978.
NZ5905 13058 Allocated G18-112 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 21 August 1952.
BOC RNZAF Whenuapai 08 September 1952 as NZ5905.
Radio call sign ZMZBG.
Transferred on loan to SAFE 02 February 1954.
Registered as ZK-BEO to SAFE 10 February 1954 named Resolution.
Purchased by SAFE 12 May 1955.
WFU 27 May 1967 with 17,293 hours and 32834 landings and scrapped.
Cancelled from register 19 September 1967.
NZ5906 13059 Allocated G18-113 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 11 September 1952.
BOC RNZAF Whenuapai 23 October 1952 as NZ5906 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBH.
Hit by Indonesian ground fire on 13 October 1965 suffering minor damage but no casualties.
WFU with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 23 March 1977.
Sold by GSB tender 19 June 1978.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPC on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
To National Air Freighters 27 June 1984.
To Hercules Airlines 12 November 1984.
Cancelled from register 18 January 1991 as withdrawn from use. Derelict at Ardmore by 1992.
Fuselage now in use as a motel unit at Woodlyn Park, near Waitomo Caves.

Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5906
Photo by Peter Prince  Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5906
Photo by Rod Farquhar  Bristol Frieghter
NZ 5906 
Photo by Rod Farquhar

NZ5907 13060 Allocated G18-114 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 01 December 1952.
BOC RNZAF Whenuapai 22 December 1952 as NZ5907.
Radio call sign ZMZBJ.
 Final RNZAF flight 20 May 1977.
WFU with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 20 May 1977.
Sold by GSB tender 19 June 1978.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPD on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
Cancelled from register 08 September 1982.
Registered as G-AMLK to Instone Airline Ltd. Stanstead, England on 10 September 1982.
Cancelled from UK register 04 April 1984.
Restored to NZ register as ZK-EPD on 05 April 1984 to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd.
To Hercules Airlines 27 August 1984.
Cancelled from NZ register 29 September 1987.
To Trans Provincial Airlines, Terrace, BC, Canada as C-GYQS.
To Hawkair Aviation Services in 1993.
Restored to airworthiness with first flight 09 July 1997.
Used on mining contracts by Hawkair until 1999.
The last remaining airworthy Bristol Freighter in the world it made it's final commercial flight on 23 October 1999.
Stored at Terrace, British Columbia as at the end of December that year in the hope that a museum would be interested in the aircraft.
Final flight was to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada on 06 September 2004.
Total hours 17,174.4 and 21885 landings.
To be displayed in the Reynolds-Alberta Museum after being presented to them by Hawkair Aviation Services.
NZ5908 13061 Allocated G18-115 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 1952.
Arrived RNZAF Whenuapai 12 January 1953 and BOC 12 January 1953 as NZ5908.
Radio call sign ZMZBK.
Crashed into hill near Taylor Pass, Blenheim in IFR conditions 6 minutes after taking off from Woodbourne at 0853 hours on 27 May 1953.
Flight Lieutenant James Brookes, Group Captain Richard Webb, Sergeant John Collins, Sergeant Thomas Dean and Flight Sergeant Phillip Diebert killed.
NZ5909 13080 Allocated G-AMLS to Bristol Aeroplane Company 23 August 1951.
Cancelled from civil register 29 June 1953.
BOC RNZAF Whenuapai 25 August 1953 as NZ5909 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBL.
WFU with No.1 Squadron Whenuapai 10 February 1977.
Sold by GSB tender 19 June 1978.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPE on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
Reduced to spares during 1986.
Cancelled from register 14 June 1990.
Remains last sighted at Ardmore in 1999.

Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5909
Photo by Ross Goldspink  Bristol Frieghter 
NZ5909
Photo by Ross Goldspink

NZ5910 13134 Allocated G-AMPJ to Bristol Aeroplane Company but not used.
Arrived Whenuapai on delivery from United Kingdom 24 April 1954 and BOC as NZ5910 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBM.
Final RNZAF flight 14 December 1977.
WFU Whenuapai 14 December 1977.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPF on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
To Hercules Airlines 27 August 1984.
Cancelled 12 January 1988.
To Trans Provincial Airlines Ltd Prince Rupert, BC, Canada on 02 February 1988 as C-GYQY.
Ferried ex Auckland to Canada on 09 December 1987.
Ground looped on landing at Bronson Creek 21 June 1988 and undercarriage collapsed.
Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register November 1988.
NZ5911 13135 Allocated G-AMPK to Bristol Aeroplane Company but not used.
Arrived Whenuapai on delivery from United Kingdom 04 May 1954 and BOC as NZ5911.
Radio call sign ZMZBN.
Loaned to SAFE from 30 March 1955 registered as ZK-BJP.
Returned to RNZAF as NZ5911 on 22 April 1955.
Final RNZAF flight 14 December 1977.
WFU Whenuapai 14 December 1977.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPG on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
Cancelled from register 18 January 1991 as withdrawn from use.
Still stored tail less at Ardmore in 2004.
Being returned to its country of birth 2017

Highlight for Album: Bristol Freighter NZ5911

NZ5912 13218 Allocated G18-194 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 17 March 1955.
Arrived Whenuapai on delivery from United Kingdom 31 March 1955 and BOC as NZ5912 with No.41 Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZBO.
Purchased as replacement aircraft for NZ5905 which had been sold to SAFE (ZK-BEO).
To No.41 Squadron 12 May 1955.
Loaned to SAFE from 14 December 1957 registered as ZK-BVI.
Returned to RNZAF in March 1958 as NZ5912.
Final RNZAF flight 14 December 1977.
WFU Whenuapai 14 December 1977.
Registered to Dwen Airmotive NZ Ltd. as ZK-EPH on 17 August 1978.
Ferried Whenuapai-Ardmore on 31 August 1978.
Cancelled from register 06 May 1981.
Registered to Instone Air Line Ltd. as G-BISU.
To Trans Provincial Airlines, Terrace, BC, Canada in 1988 and ferried to Canada from Duxford on 08 December 1988, arriving at Edmonton on 25 January 1989.
Registered as C-FDFC and flown by Trans-Provincial until the company ceased operations in March 1993.
Purchased by a group of British Airways employees in 1993 and flown to England in September 1994.
Crashed on takeoff from Enstone 18 July 1996 after stalling at 50 feet and written off.

Bristol Frieghter ex NZ5912 Bristol Frieghter ex RNZAF  Bristol Frieghter ex RNZAF

NZ5913 13157 Allocated G18-149 to Bristol Aeroplane Company 22 December 1953.
Delivered to Royal Pakistan Air Force as S4404 during 1954.
To SAFE 01 June 1965 registered as ZK-CLT.
Delivered to Auckland 24 August 1965 and entered service 17 December 1965 named Merchant Hauler.
WFU 23 September 1986 with 19022 hours and 18720 landings.
Donated to RNZAF Museum as exchange aircraft and flew Wigram-Woodbourne as NZ5913 on 25 June 1988 for overhaul.
Engines exchanged with the Museum's NZ5903.
Sold to Trans Provincial Airlines Ltd, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada on 25 July 1988 and registered as C-FTPA.
Leased to Hawkair in late 1994.
Crashed at Bronson Creek 24 April 1997, when ground looped on landing and ran off runway into ditch.
Stripped of useable parts and hulk of fuselage left at Bronson Creek.
 
     

A Bristol Freighter C.1 of No 41 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) at RAF Kuala Lumpur
 IWM (MAL 76)

     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: Various AHSNZ publications 1965-1991, AHSNZ Journal December 1986. NZ Wings 1987-1996. "For Your Tomorrow" by Errol Martyn. Classic Wings Issue 46. ABIX.

Emails: Brian Maddison, Rod Hayward (AB-IX), Barry Tod, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan,

Updated 18th April 2017

 

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