ZK-BXC. Fokker F.27-1020 Friendship. c/n 10168.
Was also registered as: NZ2782; RP-C5888; XU-881.
This aircraft was ordered new by New Zealand National Airways Corporation - November 10, 1959
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as 'PH-FCG' - February 03, 1961
Registered to KNV Fokker NV, Schiphol-South, Netherlands
First flown at Amsterdam (Schiphol) as 'PH-FCG' - February 03, 1961
This was the 59th Fokker Friendship built
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BXC - Fenruary 24, 1961
Registered to New Zealand National Airways Corporation, Wellington
Accepted by New Zealand National Airways Corporation at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - February 24, 1961
Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - March 07, 1961
Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) on the ferry flight to New Zealand - March 07, 1961
It arrived at Auckland (Whenuapai) on completion of the ferry flight - March 1961
Delivery route: Amsterdam - Rome - Athens - Karachi - Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Zamboagna - Davao -
Divak - Darwin - Mt. Isa - Brisbane - Norfolk Island - Auckland
The aircraft was named 'Koweka' (woodhen) but later changed to 'Kerangi' (harrier hawk)
This aircraft was operated on New Zealand domestic services
It was the first Fokker F.27 to carry passengers into Rotorua Airport - September 12, 1965
They were the South African Spingbox Rugby football team travelling from Wellington
New Zealand National Airways Corporation merged with Air New Zealand - April 01, 1978
Withdrawn from use at Christchurch - July 10, 1980
The aircraft had flown 43,057 hours with 56,097 cycles
Sold to the Royal New Zealand Air Force - September 29, 1980
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - ?
It was converted into a resource protection aircraft
Accepted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Christchurch - October 20, 1980
It was used by the RNZAF Navigation and Air Electronics Traning Squadron
Entered onto the New Zealand Military Aircraft Register as NZ2782
It was withdrawn from service by the R.N.Z.A.F. at Wigram Air Force Base - July 17, 1992
It had flown 7,457 hours with 6,777 cycles with the R.N.Z.A.F.
The aircraft was offered for sale by tender with the closing date of March 31, 1995 - February 21, 1995
The successful ternderer had a change of mind and negotiations commenced with the unsuccessful tenderers
Sold to Laoag International Airlines, Philippines - July 01, 1995
Entered onto the Philippines Aircraft Register as RP-C5888 - July 01, 1995
Ferried Wigram - Christchurch to have civil transponders fitted - July 20, 1995
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to The Philippines - July 22, 1995
Arrived Manila on completion of the ferry flight - July 25, 1995
Ferry route: Christchurch - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - Mt. Isa - Darwin - Bali - Kuching - Brunei - Manila
This aircraft was accompanied by ex ZK-BXB and ZK-BXD on this ferry flight
The aircraft was named 'Brigida'
Withdrawn from Laoag International Airlines service at Manila - March 31, 1998
It had flown 449 hours with 416 cycles with Laoag
It was sold to Presidential Airlines, Cambodia - May 27, 1998
Cancelled from the Philippines Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the Cambodian Aircraft Register as XU-881 - ?
It was observed at Bangkok operating with Presidental Airlines - December 10, 1998
It was observed stored at Phnom Penh - June 28, 2002
Presidental Airlines ceases operations - 2007
The aircraft was scrapped at Phnom Penh - January 08, 2008
It had flown 50,963 hours with 63,290 cycles
ZK-BXC. NAC - 'Koweka' in the second livery at Paraparaumu Airport, circa 1961.
(J. Rankin Copyright Image 1991-176.)
ZK-BXC. NAC National Airways - 'Kerangi' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, April 1970.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-071.)
ZK-BXC. NAC National Airways - 'Kerangi' in the standard livery at Timaru Airport, January 12, 1973.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-170.)
ZK-BXC. NAC Wings of the Nation - 'Kerangi' in the standard livery at Timaru Airport, June 12, 1975.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-171.)
ZK-BXC. Air New Zealand - 'Kerangi' in the transitional livery at Wellington Airport, July 1979.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-034.)
NZ2782. Royal New Zealand Air Force - in the standard livery at RNZAF Base Wigram, April 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-086.)
RP-C5888. Laoag International Airlines - in the partial livery at Christchurch Airport, July 15, 1995.
(J. Mounce Copyright Image 1991-177.)
RP-C5888. Laoag International Airlines - in the standard livery at RNZAF Wigram, July 20, 1995.
(D. Bates Copyright Image 1991-178.)
RP-C5888. Laoag International Airlines - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 23, 1995.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-130.)