VH-ADL Rearwin 9000KR Sportster
This rare shot, from the Len
Dobbin collection (via the CAHS) depicts one of three Rearwins
imported into Australia 1940. The others were
another 9000KR, VH-ADM and a model
Cloudster, VH-ABL. The
similarity between the latter mentioned aircraft and the one
above is so striking that Phil
Vabre and myself at first were not sure that my entry for -ABL did
fact, depict the above machine. There are, however, enough subtle
Sportster and a Cloudster to ensure that we have both machines
correctly identified (the Cloud-
ster has a higher, narrower chord fin and rudder, and different
shaped rear windows and doors).
Sportsters were not long on the VH- register, being sold in New Zealand
in December 1941.
VH-ADL was initially
registered to National Aircraft Pty Ltd of Sydney on 13 May 1940 before
to New Zealand where it was registered as ZK-AHN with the Auckland Aero
Mangere. It was impressed into the RNZAF as NZ569 in 1942
and survived the war.
Restored, it became ZK-AKA
. I believe it may still be extant, although not airworthy.