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Repatriation of a DHC-2

ZK-BVR becomes C-GTTU. Repatriation and flags

The flags were taped on by the crew at Wrightair as they loaded it in the container. This Beaver is the 8th DHC-2 that has been refurbished by Frank Wright in Tauranga, New Zealand.  It is a showpiece with a deluxe interior including leather upholstery and New Zealand honeysuckle wood trim door surrounds, and a classic paint scheme.

Bill and the Beaver

Bill had a close look as it emerged from the container.



Jim guided it.


slowly emerging

Slow and steady does it.  Frank and Kay Wright came up from New Zealand to visit, arriving at the same time as the Beaver.  That's Frank holding the rope and Kay taking pictures!

For complete specs and some awesome pictures of the aircraft in flight, go to

The plane has changed its registration and nationality many times. Built in 1961, it was purchased new by the Republic of Ghana for the Ghana Air Force and was listed as G-207. It was sold to Malaysia, probably as 9M-AXE and in 1974 went to Australia for agricultural use where it was registered as VH-IML. At some point in time it was registered with the FAA as N37761. In 1983 it was put on floats and became VH-AQA. Frank Wright purchased it in 2008 and registered it as ZK-BVR.

Thomas Thomas, the new owner, has registered it as C-GTTU.  He brought in another of his aircraft, the delectable C-FTTY, a D17S Beech Staggerwing.

Staggerwing Nose

Staggerwing TTY

Now we can't get the Red Staggerwing song out of our head!


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