6-Oct-2010 Source: NZ Wings
With the Westland WA341G Gazelle ZK-HTB3Â recently departing for “Russia” and with ZK-HTF3Â having been revoked back on 24-04-2003;
It is now the turn ofÂ ZK-HBH3Â to shuffle off. Westland Gazelle HT Mk2 , c/n 1418 , first flew on 24-02-1976 and was deliveredÂ to the Royal Navy as XX441 on 07-04-1976. It served with 705 Squadron and carried the code “CU-38”. It was withdrawn into storage at Shawbury on 21-05-1997 and remained there until departing for NZ on 03-07-2001.
All three were re-assembled at Christchurch during October/November of 2001.
ZK-HBH3Â was registered on 07-11-2001 to Brian Hall and John Butterfield and undertook its first NZ flight on 11-11-2001.
|Gazelle ZK-HBH about to carry out its first flight in NZ.
Harewood Road, Christchurch 11-11-2001.
|ZK-HBH in flight 11-11-2001.|
It was fitted with its short legs and placed into a container at Heli Maintenance, Christchurch on 23-09-2010, bound for South Africa.
|ZK-HBH being packed into a container for export.|