06 October 2010

Once upon a Kiwi Airliner #1

Resident in the Queensland Air Museum at Coloundra in Australia are some ex-New Zealand airliners...

Being prepared for export, Metroliner ZK-SWC at Nelson on 21 January 1986. Photo : S Lowe

Swearingen SA226-TC Metroliner II, VH-BPV (c/n TC-270), was operated by Air Albatross in 1985.  It was registered as ZK-SWC on the 22nd of February 1985 arriving in New Zealand on the 15th of March 1985. It was operated by Air Albatross until the airline's collapse on the 20th of December 1985. It was subsequently exported to Australia on the 27th of January 1986 where it was registered to Kendall Airways as VH-BIF. It is displayed at Coloundra in its original Bush Pilots Airways colour scheme and registration.

At Coloundra as VH-BPV in Bush Pilots Airways colours and registration on 19 September 2010. Photo : K Paterson

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