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Australian & New Zealand Military Aircraft Serials & History

RNZAF Rearwin 9000KR & L Sportster
NZ565, NZ568, NZ569 & NZ599

     
 

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Serial c/n Type Aircraft history
NZ565 607-D L Previously ZK-AGS imported for H.T. Morton who presented it to the Te Kuiti Aero Club at the end of October 1938.
It officially joined the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register on 03 December 1938.
Impressed into RNZAF with Unit 39 Rongotai on 10 May 1943 as NZ565.
Sold to H.T. Morton from No.42 Squadron on 07 March 1946.
Eentered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AIP.
To R. Geddes, South Canterbury on 05 December 1951.
Crashed at Tasman Downs 28 March 1956 and written off.
The aircraft failed to become airborne from the airstrip and crashed over the edge of a plateau.
Pilot killed and passenger seriously injured.
NZ568 654-D KR Previously VH-ADM registered to National Aircraft Pty. Ltd, Sydney, Australia on 26 June 1940.
Removed from Australian register as sold abroad on 15 December 1941.
Imported into New Zealand by Auckland Aero Club in December 1941 and registered as ZK-AHM.
Impressed into RNZAF at Rongotai for a cost of 1700 pounds on 14 October 1942 as NZ568.
Sold to Auckland Aero Club from Woodbourne on 19 May 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AKF.
To F. McKeever, Auckland in May 1951. To M. Oates, Hamilton.
To Stafford Pearce Ltd, Taupo. To R. Adam.
To Early Bird Flying, Bunnythorpe on 17 March 1967.
Remained airworthy at Palmerston North with Early Bird Flying until about 1970, when it was dismantled and stored at Palmerston North.
To Rearwin Syndicate, Auckland on 19 January 1989.
To A. Payne, Auckland on 26 November 1996.
Removed from register on 27 November 1996 as withdrawn from use.
Presently stored in Auckland awaiting restoration.
NZ569 656-D KR Previously VH-ADL registered to National Aircraft Pty. Ltd, Sydney, Australia on 13 May 1940.
To P. Burton, Sydney on 18 April 1941.
Removed from Australian register as sold abroad on 15 December 1941.
Imported into New Zealand by Auckland Aero Club in December 1941 and registered as ZK-AHN.
Shipped to New Zealand on 24 December 1941.
Impressed into RNZAF with Unit 18 Rongotai for a cost of 1700 pounds on 14 October 1942 as NZ569.
Sold to Auckland Aero Club from Hamilton on 29 April 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AKA.
To W. Orr, Stratford. To V. Spear, Feilding.
To B. Sheehan, Timaru. To B. Murray, Timaru.
To D. Telford, Waiwera in 1961. To J. Spear, Kawhia in July 1962.
To J. Caston, Auckland in 1966. To I. East.
Last flight 05 October 1968 after which the aircraft was dismantled and stored in Masterton and later in Wellington.
Gifted to the SVAS and presently stored awaiting restoration.
NZ599 613-D L Previously ZK-AGQ owned by New Plymouth Aero Club who purchased the aircraft in 1938 for 1250 pounds.
Impressed into RNZAF with Unit 18 Rongotai for a cost of 600 pounds on 12 October 1942 as NZ599.
Sold to New Plymouth Aero Club from Woodbourne on 11 October 1946.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-ALF.
To L. Nixon, Henderson, in October 1951.
To G.Astley, Milford, Auckland in August 1971.
To J. Galpin, Pongakawa 30 May 1977.
Ferried from Tauranga to Pongakawa on 15 March 1978 for restoration.
By mid 2005 the restoration was almost complete.

 

 

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: NZ Wings 1972-1995, New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register. AHSNZ Journals 1958-1994. RNZAF records. Classic Wings Downunder volume 2 number 3. Tiger Rag June 2005.

Emails: John Andrade, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan,

Updated 03 December 2013

     
     

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