No. 1407. Chrislea CH.3 Srs. 2 Super Ace (ZK-ASJ c/n 129)
Photographed at Wellington Airport, New Zealand, 1952, by Ed Coates

Chrislea CH3 Srs. 2 Super Ace

04/30/2011. Remarks by Ed Coates: "The light foreground and hangar doors make this shot look like a model. I can assure you it is the real bird! Originally four Chrislea Super Aces, ZK-ASI to ZK-ASL, were slated to be exported to New Zealand but in the event only the first two made it onto the register.

ZK-ASJ was registered to Southland AC, Gore in December 1949, in 1953 it was reregistered to Alexander N. Ferguson. The aircraft was severely damaged in a takeoff accident at Harewood, Christchurch on September 20, 1953 and was laid up for a while. It was reportedly repaired by Southern Senic Air Services Ltd. at Cromwell, who also took over the aircraft.

In December 1959 it was sold to Austerserve Pty Ltd. at Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, where it became VH-BAE in December 1959. The next owner was Malcolm C. Leys at Yanco, it was finally withdrawn from active use in 1974 and wound up at the Drage Airworld Museum in Wangaratta, Victoria. Reportedly Joe Drage still has this aircraft on his property at Wangaratta. View also photo 10586."

Created March 26, 2002