Group to save old wings

More than 200 aviation buffs will gather at Mystery Creek on Monday to launch a conservation project for a DC-3 aeroplane of historic significance.

The DC-3/C47 B Aircraft ZK-AZL, on display for the last 36 years at the Agricultural Heritage Museum at Mystery Creek was the first of its type to be converted to an aerial top dresser, was originally used to train pilots in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and once carried the Queen’s luggage around the country.

Now worse for wear, the historic aircraft was gifted to the museum in 1974 by the late agricultural aviation pioneer Ossie James, who was also the first president of the NZ Fieldays Society.

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