NZ Warbirds has acquired a restoration project of Britain’s beloved biplane trainer, the Tiger Moth. What makes this airframe significant historically is that it is DHNZ1, the first Tiger Moth manufactured by de Havilland New Zealand at Rongotai. It went to the RNZAF as NZ751 in 1940.
As ZK-ATN, the aircraft’s restoration was originally commenced over thirty years ago, but was discontinued with a majority of the work done, when its owner sadly passed away. The project languished in a hangar at North Shore and deteriorated somewhat, with airframe corrosion, and aging.
It is intended to rebuild this aircraft with largely volunteer labour. Once completed it will add a pathway for pilots to gain experience in multi wing and tailskid aircraft i.e. a gateway to our WW-1 fleet.