|Canadian Warplanes 4: Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing
Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing
Data current to 27 Dec 2020.
Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing, 1938, CN 203, DoT CF-CCA, Rockcliffe, Ontario. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545906)
Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing, 1938, CN 203, DoT CF-CCA, Rockcliffe, Ontario. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3409873)
This D17S (c/n 203) was built in April 1938 and delivered to Canada's Controller of Civil Aviation (Department of Transport) in Ottawa as CF-CCA. It spent a considerable period of time in the civil service before being sold to a number of owners in quick succession (Bradley Air services in 1955, Spartan Air services in 1956, and Mr I.Sanders in 1957), before its Certificate of Airworthiness expired in December 1958 and it was left derelict in Ottawa. Dr William Boyd began a rebuild of CCA in 1972, and the project was continued by Morley Servos in 1979. The aircraft returned to the air in April 1985. The aircraft features several variations from a standard D17, including G model undercarriage and Cleveland brakes, toes brakes rather than a Johnson bar, and starboard access door; as well as a full IFR panel, GPS, and autopilot. Robin and Elaine Campbell acquired the aircraft which had been re-registered as C-FCCA at the Leeward Air Ranch in Occala, Florida where it had its own air-conditioned hangar. The aircraft was delivered to California in 1995 and dismantled for shipping to New Zealand. The Staggerwing was registered on 29 Nov, and received its New Zealand Certificate of Airworthiness on 8 Dec as Reg. No. ZK-AMU, based at North Shore, NZ. Douglas Drummond, Bathurst, New South Wales owns it now, Reg. No. VH-WEE. It is painted in an eye catching red.