Built by Fairey. Possibly, K2759. Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Assigned to
No. 1 SFTS at Wigram Airfield during April 1940.
On April 12, 1940 took off piloted by LACs Walter Raphael with passenger Wilfred Everist from Wigram Airfield on a flight over the Southern Alps during a "war-load climb to 15,000 feet" training mission. Entered a spin and the the crew prepared to bail out, but the aircraft recovered. Moments later it impacted trees on top of a ridge on Mount White and flipped backwards down the side of the steep slope, leaving the aircraft hanging in the trees.
Afterwards, the instruments, guns and engine were recovered and the remains of the aircraft left were abandoned. During 1976, salvaged by Charles Darby and a salvage team.
After restoration, this aircraft was placed into storage. In 1988 registered as ZK-TLA but remained in storage and the registration was canceled. Restoration began in April 2004.
ADF Serials - Fairey Gordon Mark I, II
Thanks to Charles Darby for additional information
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June 29, 2019