26 September 2021

What Islander is this?

Someone sent me a photo yesterday of a Britten Norman Islander airframe that had arrived at Classic Flyers in Tauranga with, on one side, some Great Barrier Airlines markings. The question was, which Islander was it?

The answer is it is Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander c/n 759, which carried the markings ZK-KTR, but was never registered and was used for spares as far as I can tell. 

I'm told it will I understand will be in an RAF scheme. This is the first Islander to be preserved in New Zealand.

Note to Bring Home Our Birds - You need to ensure you get an Islander at some point... They have been (and still are) in continuous NZ service for over 50 years!

Unregistered BN Islander ZK-KTR at North Shore on 26 January 2009

The NZ Civil Aircraft blog has more details... http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-colour-scheme-for-islander-zk-ktr.html

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