ZK-CFA flies again

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ZK-CFA flies again

Postby flyernzl » Mon Apr 24, 2023 12:34 pm

Grumman G.44A Widgeon ZK-CFA c/n 1439 took to the air again on 1 Novemmber 2022 after an extensive restoration.
Currently the only airworthy Widgeon in the southern hemisphere.

This Widgeon has been in New Zealand since 1963.
Intially operating with NZ Tourist Air Travel to passed through the hands of Mt Cook Air Services, Sea Bee Air and Aquatic & Vintage Airways it was withdrawn from use around 1996 having clocked up 18117hrs.

Restored over some years by Grant Harnish it is seen here earlier this month at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim where it sat out the Easter 'Classic Fighters' air display before departing south to Te Anau for a floatplane gathering the following week.

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Re: ZK-CFA flies again

Postby dogsbody » Mon Apr 24, 2023 5:03 pm

Great photos!



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Re: ZK-CFA flies again

Postby MrWidgeon » Mon Apr 24, 2023 6:12 pm

Thanks Peter. I've been really impressed with this restoration/rebuild.

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