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RNZAF Lockheed C-60A Lodestar
NZ3507 to NZ3515 & 42-55948

     
 

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Serial Const.no US.Serial.. Aircraft history
NZ3507 18-2381 42-55944 Arrived in New Zealand on "Francis A Willard" in June 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 03 June 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from No.42 Squadron on 20 May 1945.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AHX named Kororo.
Delivered to Palmerston North on 17 May 1945.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Ferried to the USA during 1952 and sold to Maxon Inc. registered as N4636V.
To Houston Aircraft Sales as N171Q.
To C. McAlpine, Houston, Texas by 1966 but had disappeared from the register by 1967.
NZ3508 18-2382 42-55945 Arrived in New Zealand on "Francis A Willard" in June 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 03 June 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from Ohakea on 02 July 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AKX on 16 July 1946 named Kereru.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Crashed in the Tararua Ranges on 18 March 1949 with loss of all 15 on board.
The aircraft had descended through low cloud on approach to Paraparaumu and collided with a ridge 3 miles north of Waikanae.
NZ3509 18-2383 42-55946 Arrived in New Zealand on "Francis A Willard" in June 1943.
assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 03 June 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from Whenuapai on 13 November 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-ANB on 21 November 1946 named Karuwai.
Delivered to Palmerston North on 13 November 1946.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Left Whenuapai on delivery flight to USA on 07 March 1952 arriving in Los Angeles on the 10th of that month.
Became N4640V on the American Register with Aviation Export Company.
To Gulf Radair Co, Canada as CF-IAX.
To British-American Oil Company as CF-BAL by 1966.
Reported to be active in Canada as late as 1990.
NZ3510 18-2384 42-55947 Arrived in New Zealand on "Francis A Willard" in June 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot. BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 03 June 1943.
To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai and used as a VIP aircraft by the RNZAF.
Issued free to Civil Aviation Administration on 26 January 1949.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-ASX.
Not flown by the CAA and eventually became derelict at Rongotai.
Registration cancelled on 31 October 1951 and sold by tender by the Government Stores Board in 1950 for 55 pounds in "as is where is" condition.
The aircraft was removed from Rongotai in 1951 and subsequently broken up.
Struck off the register in 1953.
NZ3511 18-2551 42-56058 Arrived in New Zealand on "Fort George" in December 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 08 December 1943.
Crashed on landing at Palmerston North during delivery to Union Airways on 09 October 1945. Written off books at Ohakea on 28 November 1945.
NZ3512 18-2554 42-56061 Arrived in New Zealand on "Fort George" in December 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 08 December 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from No.42 Squadron on 08 November 1945.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AIQ named Kotuku.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Ferried to the USA and registered as N55K.
To Kelly Springfield Tire Company, Cumberland, Maryland registered as N55KS by 1966.
NZ3513 18-2555 42-56062 Arrived in New Zealand on "Fort George" in December 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 08 December 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from Ohakea on 18 December 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AJM on 19 July 1946 named Kotare.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Ferried to the USA during 1952 and registered as N4836V.
Sold to Union Sugar Corporation, San Francisco, California and registered N611N.
To Specialty Union Corporation by 1966.
NZ3514 18-2556 42-56063 Arrived in New Zealand on "Fort George" in December 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 08 December 1943.
Sold to Union Airways from Whenuapai on 13 November 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-ANC on 21 November 1946 named Kerangi.
Delivered to Palmerston North on 13 November 1946.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Left Whenuapai on delivery flight to USA on 20 April 1952.
Became N4635V on the American Register with H. Bennett.
To B.F. Goodrich as N7000 by 1966.
Had disappeared from the register by 1971.
NZ3515 18-2550 42-56057 Arrived in New Zealand on "Fort George" in December 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
BOC Unit 36 Hobsonville 11 December 1943.
To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai. Sold to Union Airways from Ohakea on 02 July 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AKW on 19 July 1946 named Kopara.
Transferred to NAC at formation of that company on 01 April 1947.
Sold to Costine and Co, Boston, USA on 24 November 1951 and withdrawn from service by the end of that year.
Left Whenuapai on delivery flight to USA in November 1952.
Became N756 on the American Register.
Sold to Cleveland Iron Company, Ohio.
To Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company as N7611 by 1966.
To May Fran Manufacturing Company.
To Claver Distribution Co, Maple Heights, Ohio in August 1968.
No serial 18-2490 42-55948? Arrived in New Zealand on "Francis A Willard" in June 1943.
Assembled at Hobsonville by No.1 Assembly Depot.
Issued on loan to Union Airways on 06 August 1943 and registered as ZK-AHR.
The registration was changed to ZK-AHU in August 1944.
Crashed at Mangere on 13 May 1945 and was then BOC with the RNZAF and immediately written off the books.
The aircraft was stolen from it's hangar by a 19 year old apprentice aircraft engineer who had been turned down for pilot training by the RNZAF.
Although he knew enough to get the aircraft started and take off, he mistook the throttle for the undercarriage lever and the aircraft veered into a line of trees and caught fire.
The culprit escaped uninjured after initially being trapped in the wreckage by a jammed cockpit door.
He was charged with a number of offences but escaped with a nominal fine and a period of probation.
This aircraft never wore an RNZAF serial number.
 
     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: AHSNZ publications 1960-1992. NZ Wings February 1973. RNZAF records. Air New Zealand Engineering records.

Emails: Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan,

Updated 17 December 2013

     
     

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