No. 12393. North Tui Sports
Photographed at the Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, October 13, 2012, by Peter Rye

North Tui Sports

04/30/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Built by Fred A.N. North at Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand, the Tui Sports (named after a native bird) was based on the Lincoln LS2 Sport Plane. The small single seat aerobatic single bay biplane was of wooden construction, covered with fabric, and powered by a Szekely SR-3 engine.

The Tui Sports was first flown by Allan McGruer from Whenuapai (presently the RNZAF base near Auckland) on January 4, 1934, and was registered NZ-ADV (c/n 1) on January 17, 1935. Subsequent owner was L.B. McKenzie of Hamilton, and the one-off crashed at the beach of Ohope on August 29, 1941. The pictured aircraft is a replica built by MoTaT members, using some original parts, including the Szekely SR-3 engine."

Created April 30, 2014