ZK-BXG. Fokker F.27-1020 Friendship. c/n 10189.
This aircraft was ordered new by New Zealand National Airways Corporation - May 03, 1960
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as 'PH-FDD' - November 01, 1961
Registered to KNV Fokker NV, Schiphol-South, Netherlands
First flown at Amsterdam (Schiphol) as 'PH-FDD' - November 03, 1961
This was the 81st Fokker Friendship built
Accepted by New Zealand National Airways Corporation at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - ? 1961
Departed Amsterdam (Schiphol) on the ferry flight to New Zealand - ?
It arrived at Christchurch on completion of the ferry flight from Holland - November 17, 1961
Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - November 17, 1961
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BXG - November 18, 1961
Registered to New Zealand National Airways Corporation, Wellington
The aircraft was named 'Kea' (New Zealand parrot)
This aircraft was operated on New Zealand domestic services
New Zealand National Airways Corporation merged with Air New Zealand - April 01, 1978
The aircraft was damaged in a landing accident at Gisborne - October 10, 1988
Tempory repairs were carried out on-site in order for the aircraft to be ferried back to Christchurch
On further inspection when the aircraft arrived back at Christchurch the extent of the damage became more evident
It was decided to permanently withdrawn from service at Christchurch
The aircraft remained stored at Christchurch
The aircraft had flown 60,196 hours with 80,020 cycles
It was donated to the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum at Wigram - October 10, 1993
The aircraft was transported by road to its new site - November 1993
Was intended to restore the aircraft to display condition to represent one of the F.27s previously operated by the RNZAF
The restoration idea was abandoned and it was stored in the Air New Zealand livery without wings and tail assembly
Sold to Pionair Adventures Ltd for use as an airport office - 1993
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - October 23, 2003
Sold to Peter and Larraine McQuarters, owners of the Aeroview Museum, Ashburton - May 2005
The aircraft was transported to the Ashburton Aeroview Museum - May 30, 2005
Observed on display at the Ashburton Aeroview Museum in Air New Zealand livery without wings - January 17, 2007
The aircraft was painted in the 1970s NZNAC livery at Ashburton
It was observed at the Ashburton Aviation Museum in the '1970s' NAC livery - April 10, 2007
The owners reluctantly agreed to part with the aircraft as this was be best prospect to preserve the airframe
It was sold to the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society, Christchurch - August 2011
It was transported by road from Ashburton to the Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch
The wings and tail have been removed permanently and the fuselage fully restored
The airframe was observed at the Ferrymead Museum, Christchurch -November 11, 2011
The restored fuselage is now on permanent display inside the Museum beside the ex NZNAC Viscount ZK-BRF
ZK-BXG. NAC National Airways - 'Kea' in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, December 12, 1971.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-185.)
ZK-BXG. Air New Zealand - 'Kea' in the transitional livery at Christchurch Airport, January 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-088.)
ZK-BXG. Air New Zealand - 'Kea' in the transitional livery at Auckland Airport, February 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-058.)
ZK-BXG. Air New Zealand - 'Kea' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, April 1988.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1991-096.)
ZK-BXG. Air New Zealand - 'Kea' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 12, 1991.
(A. Durr Copyright Image 1991-151.)
ZK-BXG. NAC National Airways - 'Kea' in the standard livery at Ashburton, circa 2007.
(P. Sheehan Collection Copyright Image 1991-187.)