Miles M.38 Messenger 4 (c/n 6343)
Messenger was exported to New Zealand in 1950 and was ex
G-AIRY. It was on
the strength of the
Canterbury Aero Club when this shot was taken, circe 1951. The heavily
fir-treed backdrop of these
Christchurch shots can somes enhance, and at other times, hinder,
the resultant image.
This was one of only two Messengers registered in New Zealand. It
withdrawn from use in July
1970. The bonding on these wooden aeroplanes did not suffer
as much in New Zealand as
they did in Australia and consequently were to be found in Kiwi
skies long after
their Oz counterparts had been grounded.