The DC-3 Trust is pleased to announce that the restoration of Ossie James’ iconic DC-3 aircraft will commence this week. The restoration process includes replacing corroded panels and halting the corrosion, engineering, stripping and painting the DC3 into JAL livery. After nearly 38 years in the Ag Heritage complex at Mystery Creek Events Centre, the DC-3/C47 B Aircraft ZK-AZL will be tactfully moved to Hamilton International Airport to undergo restoration and a full repaint by Aviation Painting Services (APS), a new business at the airport.
To enable the shift, the DC-3’s wings will be carefully dismantled and relocated separately. Transportation to the APS hangar through Hamilton International Airport will occur early Wednesday afternoon. The majority of the work will be completed in 3 weeks and aims to restore the appearance of the aircraft to its former glory as one of New Zealand’s first aerial top dressers, and the first DC3 in the world to be converted to topdressing. Ongoing work will concentrate on the details like the lights, instruments and the interior.
The repaint, restoration and move could not be possible with the support of Hamilton International Airport’s Operations Manager, Simon Hollinger and longtime James Aviation associate; Warwick Johnson of Johnsons House Removal, who is transporting the DC-3 to APS free of charge and Engineer, Brett Puddle of Aeromotive Ltd.
For enquiries about the move or project please contact Lynnette James on 027 2073068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website www.dc3trust.co.nz