Six-Monthly Update

Yeesh! It has been just over six months since I posted here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been publishing photos — you can always follow me over on Flickr — but I just haven’t got around to writing here. It’s time to correct that!

Not that I’ve seen a lot of interesting stuff since July, but herewith a handful of the slightly more interesting, presented in the order taken. Rather than rabbit on between the photos, I’ve put everything in the captions.

ATR-GIE ATR-72-500, ZK-MCO2, of Air Chathams.
Nanchang CJ6, ZK-MAO, piloted by none other than the Flying Geek himself.
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, ZK-WPN, of Skyline Aviation. This was re-registered from ZK-MYM in 2020.
Looking a little worse for wear is Swearingen SA.227.AC Metroliner, ZK-CID3, still operated by Air Chathams. This airframe has been operated in New Zealand since September 1990 (by Air Nelson, Airwork, and Air Chathams).
Registered ZK-LFA around the time of my last post in July, this Beechcraft B200 Super King Air is the latest addition to the Life Flight Trust air ambulance fleet. This is the only photo I have managed of it so far.
I can never resist a Herc! The RNZAF’s Lockheed C-130HNZ Hercules, NZ7002, rides in on a plume of smoke. These are not long for this world, with the first example having just been retired.
An unusual visitor in December was this Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9, VN-A868. It was carrying the Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Vuong Dinh Hue.
A surprisingly frequent type of visitor is this USAF Boeing C-40B (737-700 BBJ), 01-0015. I’m not sure who was on board. Interestingly, I also snapped this same aircraft at Whenuapai, way back in 2004.
I bet you weren’t expecting that! RNZAF Boeing 727-200, NZ7271, was one of two such airframes operated by the RNZAF from 1981 to 2003, when they were replaced with the still current Boeing 757s. Note the Qantas New Zealand Bae 146 aircraft in the background, which date this photo from late 2000.

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