Zealand Civil Aircraft
As of June 2005 I am working on
loading this part of my collection. Kenneth Tilley, Ivan Prince and
to assist me with the
thumbnail histories. Although I spent some time in New Zealand in
1953 I was
not, at that time, in
possession of my 616 camera. All I had was a Box Brownie and an
bellows job. I also traded
shots with Ken Meeham, whose quality was on a par with my own at the
gleaned a fairly large
collection of snapshots from aunts' and uncles' shoe boxes.
the quality of
the ZK- material is
not as high as it was for the VH- section. Some are so
marginal that I
putting them out there at
all. I have done so in the interest of historical completeness.
Two further notes
around 1979 the Civil Aviation Authority
Zealand (CAA) issued a
if an aircraft never flew, or was likely to fly, outside of the
Dominion of New Zealand then
nationality letters of
"ZK-" could be omitted and that the only identification necessary were
the aircraft's "last three".
ruling, but there it is. If every country did this it would make
the identification of photographs
nightmare. In some cases, therefore, in depicting contemporary
images of old birds, this form of
will be seen.
Certainly all of my original photos will have "ZK-" markings.
registrations were issued after WWI II, for some reason the letter "R"
was not alloted as the last letter
of a sequence.
The first of these was ZK-AGR. There must have been
some R/T reason for this. I am not
sure if this
letter was ever ressurected in later years but, through the era of my
collection at least, there were
Australia, in order to cut down on the length of the tables I will
break the registrations down by group.
ZK-AAA - ZK-AMZ
These were the first registrations issued in the
Dominion. Up to roughly ZK-AGZ
these were pre WW II. After WW II
the aircraft which had been impressed into service
with the Royal New Zealand
Air Force were alloted new registrations from (about)
ZK-AHA on, when they were
re-civilianized. The ZK-AM block was reserved for
flying boats of Tasman Empire
ZK-ANA - ZK-AZZ
Issued from about 1946 to
ZK-BAA - ZK-BZZ
Issued from 1952 to 1960 (the end of my collection era).
ZK-CAA - ZK-ZZZ
"After My Watch" as far as New Zealand is concerned. I did not
travel in New Zealand in
1970s. This section will contain the odd image furnished by
one of the many contributors
to my collection, such as the indefatigible Greg Banfield,
and Bob Smith et al.