NEW ZEALAND AIRCRAFT REGISTER
Compiled by David Wise
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The ZM- registration series has been used for two purposes:-
ZM-Axx was used in the late 1930's for Mignet Flying Fleas. Two of these survive in museums.
ZMZxx was used from about 1953 to 1969 (dates uncertain) as radio callsigns for RNZAF military aircraft.
With thanks primarily to an article on http://www.warbirdsite.com/fleas.html plus additional material from other websites, and a message from "Flyernzl" on http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=experimental&thread=6600&page=4
Scan of the NZ Civil aviation record cards for the three ZM- registered Fleas kindly supplied by Robert Kerr.
Some conflicting details have been published - any resolution would be welcome.
The ZM-Axx registration series was briefly used in the late 1930's for Mignet HM14 Pou-de-Ciel (Flying Flea) ultralights. These were certificated for limited operation within three miles of base. They were all formally cancelled in 1947.
Construction numbers are not known and were probably not assigned to any of them. Three were registered:-
ZM-AAA const. E.R.Perkins & L.Hawke, Waipukurau. Douglas Dryad engine. Registered 9/5/36. Roaded to display at New Plymouth in 1937. Believed hopped but never flown. Preserved at MoTaT, Auckland.
ZM-AAB const. A.McGruer & R.Downey, Auckland. ABC Scorpion engine. Registered to C.N. Spencer, Papakura 19/5/36. Flown at Mangere May 1936. Plans for commercial production abandoned. Remains burnt 1950.
ZM-AAC const. W.L.Notman, Oamaru. Scott Flying Squirrell engine. Registered 25/11/36. Flown at Oamaru May 1937. Preserved. At Ferrymead Museum, Christchurch in 1991. Moved to Toy & Transport Museum, Wanaka by 2002.
Others were known to have been completed and flown without being registered:-
??? const. E.R.Brewster, New Plymouth (or Brian & Ian McMillan, Stratford?). Fuselage preserved with the Taranaki Museum near New Plymouth.
??? const. Barnard Owen (or Owen & Arthur Jackson ?), Christchurch. Modified with inter-wing linkage to avoid the pitch problem. Scott Squirrell engine. Flown near Lake Ellesmere and at Wigram. Sold to K.Cox. Destroyed in fatal crash at Timaru May 1942 (or 28 Sep 1942 ?).
??? const. Cyril Aitken, Marton, untraced
??? const. Angus Denize, Waikawau Bay, built 1930's. crashed on first test flight Waikawau beach summer 1947.
??? A partly built Pou was given to the Ashburton Museum and was completed as a static exhibit by a team led by Ray Chalmers. It was reported there in 2005, and was painted as 'ZM-AAM' by 2011.
At least five other Pous are believed to have been started in NZ but were not completed.
Pseudo-registrations (without a hyphen) in this block were used as radio callsigns by RNZAF military aircraft from about 1953 until about 1969. Little has been published on this.
This listing should be regarded as "Work in Progress" and any additional information would be welcome.
The following is primarily taken from messages from John Dyer and David Paull on the AB-IX e-mail group in March 2006. See also http://www.nzdf-serials.co.nz/nz-serials/nzaircraft.htm
Those identified so far are:-
DH104 Devon (nav or signals trainer and comms
NZ1802 ZMZFB > ZMZSA
NZ1803 ZMZKA > ZMZLA
NZ1804 ZMZKB > ZMZLB
NZ1805 ZMZKD > ZMZLD
NZ1806 ZMZKG > ZMZLG
NZ1807 ZMZKH > ZMZLH
NZ1808 ZMZKJ > ZMZLJ
NZ1809 (not known cr 6/58)
NZ1810 (not known cr 10/53)
NZ1811 (not known cr 10/53)
NZ1812 ZMZKK (conf 6/63)
NZ1814 ZMZFD > ZMZKU > ZMZLU
NZ1815 (not known cr 2/55)
NZ1816 ZMZKM > ZMZLM
NZ1817 ZMZKZ > ZMZLL
NZ1818 ZMZFG > ZMZKV > ZMZLV
NZ1819 ZMZKN > ZMZLN
NZ1821 ZMZKO > ZMZLO
NZ1822 ZMZKT > ZMZLT
NZ1823 (not coded stored then to Malaysia)
NZ1824 (not known cr 1/56)
NZ1825 (not coded stored then to Malaysia)
NZ1826 ZMZKP > ZMZLP
NZ1827 ZMZKQ (conf 6/63)> ZMZLQ
NZ1828 ZMZKS > ZMZLS
NZ1829 (not known damaged & stored)
NZ1830 (not known cr 1/63)
(the book "Ocean Sentinel" says that, from about 1960,
ZMZGx was used by 5 sqdn,
ZMZHx was used by 6 sqdn and
ZMZJx was used by MOCU and MRSU
the last letter was retained as the aircraft were pooled.
NZ4201 ZMZMA > ZMZEL
NZ4202 ZMZMB > ZMZEM
NZ4203 ZMZMF > ZMZEN
NZ4204 ZMZMG > ZMZEO
NZ4205 ZMZMH > ZMZEP
NZ4206 (not known)
NZ5804 (unknown cr 9/55)
NZ5908 ZMZBK (cr 5/53)
Several other types were in use by the RNZAF
during this period for which no ZMZxx callsigns have been
Harvard 2A* & 3* (NZ1000 series),
Auster J/5 (NZ1701-06),
Douglas C47B Dakota (NZ3500 series),
Bell 47G Sioux (NZ3701-06),
DH Vampire T55 & T11 (NZ5701-11)
DH Vampire FB52 & FB5 (NZ5721-78)
plus the one-off Antarctic expedition aircraft:-
Auster T7 (NZ1707),
Beaver (NZ6001 renumbered NZ6010)
Of these, a message on the proboards website suggests that Dakota NZ3545 used ZMZAS in about 1953-4
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