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NZ6010 later on the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica.
Photo: Air Force Museum of New Zealand © c 20 January 1960 - REF: MUS19093
NZ6010 Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica.
Photo: Barry Smith © 15 January 1960
NZ6010 at opening day of Wellington Airport.
Photo: Neville Worsley © 25 October 1959 - via Graeme Mills
NZ6010 with a Neptune at the Wigram airshow.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1959 - Robin A. Walker Collection
NZ6001 at Wigram just before change of serial number.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1959 - Robin A. Walker Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © Ian MacFarlane Collection - Aird Archives
NZ6001 and Auster NZ1707 in the shadow of Mount Erebus.
Photo: NZ Air Force Museum © (PR 1272) Air Force Museum - Aird Archives
NZ6001 with standard equipment.
Photo: NZ Air Force Museum © 1957 Air Force Museum





NZ6001 RNZAF Trans Antarctic Expedition. Delivered 17-May-1956.

NZ6010 RNZAF allocated Aug-1959. Used radio call sign ZK-ZTB.

Note: Delivered to the RNZAF as NZ6001, but it was discovered that the serial had already belonged to a Gloster Meteor. The serial was changed to NZ6010 in August 1959. Originally purchased in 1956 for use in the Antarctic, it arrived in New Zealand near the end of July that year. The aircraft was assembled at Hobsonville and flew south arriving at Wigram on the 11-August. It was named “City of Auckland” in December 1956 at a ceremony held at Ardmore, near Auckland. It was then shipped to the Antarctic on HMNZS Endeavour in December 1956, and used there in 1957 and 1958 before-being flown back to New Zealand in a USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster during October 1958. The aircraft headed south again on board the USS Atka and arrived at Scott Base on the 17 December 1959.

Accident: Beardsmore Glacier, Antarctica. 15 January 1960. Crashed on the Beardsmore Glacier in whiteout conditions. Two crew members were unhurt but not rescued until 20 January by Auster NZ1707. Aircraft written off and not recovered.

Note: Currently a DHC-2, registered ZK-CKH (25) and owned by a New Zealand Warbirds syndicate, is flown in the colours of the original NZ6001.