17 November 2018

Timaru's DC-3 Services

Timaru was a port for three DC-3 operators, NAC, SPANZ and Mount Cook Airlines. This is a glimpse of some of DC-3s in Timaru... I haven't written a detailed history of the Timaru services but as Timaru was usually linked with Oamaru I have included the links to the histories I have done on the Oamaru DC-3 services. 

A new terminal but an old bus and an old airliner... DC-3 ZK-AOJ at Timaru
NAC's last DC-3 service was operated by ZK-AOF pictured from Christchurch to Timaru and Oamaru until July 1974.
There is a full history of Oamaru's NAC DC-3 service here.... http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2013/07/go-friendship-way-oamaru-nacs-last.html


Timaru was a stop on SPANZ's southern service that ultimately flew Christchurch-Timaru-Oamaru-Alexandra-Gore-Invercargill. Airlines of New Zealand's DC-3 ZK-BYD at Timaru (above and below)  

A change of name to SPANZ - DC-3 ZK-CAW at Timaru
SPANZ DC-3 ZK-BYE at Timaru (above and following two)

SPANZ chartered British-registered DC-3 G-AMKE as seen here at Timaru
 There is a full history of Oamaru's SPANZ DC-3 service here.... http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/oamarus-1960-christmas-present-spanzs.html

An early shot of the Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Company's DC-3 ZK-BKD at Timaru (above and below)

ZK-BKD retitled as Mount Cook Airlines at Timary
Mount Cook Airlines DC-3 ZK-AOD at Timaru
 There is a full history of Oamaru's Mount Cook Airlines DC-3 and 748 service here.... http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/mount-cook-airlines-operating-to-oamaru.html

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Steve. ZKAOF continued to operate Christchurch- Timaru until December 1974. Final flight was flown by Captain Bill Pattie with his son Keith as first officer. I was a Flight Service Officer at Timaru at the time.