Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Oct 8, 2017 12:29:37 GMT
A "NEW" promotional video for the "BRING OUR BIRDS HOME" campaign .... with the campaign now "close" to being able to recover its first aircraft asset .... and just as importantly the campasign now being evolved into a "Chartitable Trust" in order to aid transparency and future confidence in this particular project ....
Great to see they've got a number and that it's a reasonable one. $30,000US is a very reasonable price for the airplane in its current state and another $5,500US for the inspection and initial preparations makes sense as well, so I hope they're successful getting the airplane. I'm sadly not in a position to help right now, but if I were, I'd put something in myself.
Here´s "a much more comprehesive" analysis of the history of ex-AIR NEW ZEALAND DC-8-52 ZK-NZC .... the aircraft subject of the Manaus recovery operation under the "BRING OUR BIRDS HOME" campaign ....
AIR NEW ZEALAND's ZK-NZC (C/N # 45752 L/N # 233 first flew on August 2nd 1965 (an aircraft I actually flew on between MEL and AKL during January 1974 .... and again between RAR and AKL during May 1975). It was delivered to the airline on September 17th 1965 being the 3rd, and last, among the airlines first batch of 3 DC-8-52 acquisitions during 1965 .... 4 more DC-8-52 aircraft were purchased and otherwise acquired by AIR NEW ZEALAND between 1968 and 1971 .... 2 of which were factory fresh and the final 2 being acquired 2nd-hand from UNITED AIR LINES).
During its service to AIR NEW ZEALAND ZK-NZC was chartered to fly HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd and HRH Princess Anne .... accompanied by Captain Mark PHILLIPS .... between Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, and Christchurch, New Zealand, on January 30th 1974 (under the command of captain Ross JOHNSON), to officially close the 10th British Commonwealth Games (hosted by the New Zealnd city of Christchurch) at the commencement of the 1974 royal tour of New Zealand.
ZK-NZC was sold to HOWARD GOLDEN on July 3rd 1982 (N49920) .... then sold to LANDEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION during May 1987 .... and then sold back to HOWARD GOLDEN again during September 1987 .... then sold to FB AIR INC on October 15th 1987. It was then leased to CROWN AIR (C-FCRN) from October 14th 1988 .... then sold to CANADIAN AVIATION EXPRESS AIRLINES INC on February 2nd 1989 and leased back to CROWN AIR .... and was repossessed by FB AIR INC (N49920) on February 1st 1990. It was then leased to FAUCETT DEL PERU (OB-1421) from November 30th 1990 .... and returned to FB AIR (N49920) on April 30th 1991 .... then stored at Opa Locka, Florida, USA .... and during which time it was converted to a pure freight DC-8F-52 configuration. It was then leased to SAN AIR COLOMBIA (HK-3974X) from December 1994 .... and was seized by the FDA at Miami, Florida, USA on December 22nd 1994 .... then stored at Opa Lock, Florida, USA .... and then returned to FB AIR (N49920) during December 1996. It was then leased to TRANSPORTES CHARTRES DO BRASIL (N49920) from January 1997 .... then re-registered PP-TPC (to TCB and named "Daniel") on July 11th 1997 .... then sold to DAEDALUS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC (PP-TPC) on May 4th 2001 and leased back to TCB. It was withdrawn from service during 2005 and stored at Manaus, Brasil.
Today this particular aircraft remains in storage at Manaus .... on the Brizilian outskirts of the Amazonian jungle .... and is the "the only remaining survivor" of the once 7 strong fleet of DC-8-52 aircraft that were once operated by AIR NEW ZEALAND.
Incidentally .... the ex-AIR NZ DC-8 recovery project, at Manaus, Brasil, is still "ON". A formal offer has (apparently) been made for the aircraft, and which "IS" (apparently) being entertained by its current owners, and (apparently) being subjected to legal scrutiny.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 21, 2018 9:13:26 GMT
Whilst awaiting the next update .... here's a bit of rare archive film relating to AIR NEW ZEALAND DC-8-52 aircraft .... one of which is from the video section of the official BOBH FB page .... www.facebook.com/bringourbirdshome/
NZNAC was amalgamated into AIR NEW ZEALAND on April 1st 1978. Both airlines had previously been operated as entirely separate entities .... AIR NZ (formed during 1940 as TEAL and then renamed AIR NEW ZEALAND during 1965) and which operated exclusively international routes to and from New Zealand .... and NZNAC (formed during 1947) and which operated exclusively domestic services throughout New Zealand. The last NZNAC flight was an evening service operated by B737-219 ADV ZK-NAP under the command of captain KIRK between Wellington and Auckland on March 31st 1978. PAX were "piped" (Scottish highland pipes) aboard the aircraft for the departure from Wellington. Cabin crew on the flight wore period uniforms as used by NZNAC between 1947 and 1978. A celebratory cake was baked by AIR NZ and served aboard the flight along with champagne in commemoration of the event .... and on April 1st 1978 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION officially became the domestic wing of AIR NEW ZEALAND. Over following months during 1978 the F-27-100/-500 and B737-200 fleet quickly transitioned from the red and orange livery of NZNAC into a red and orange hybrid version of the AIR NZ livery .... before eventually supporting the 1980's variation of AIR NZ's white, dark blue, and Pacific jade livery from introduced with the arrival of the airlines B747-200's from 1981.