Aircraft [Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan ZK-AHO]
Maker and role
Beech Aircraft Corporation, Manufacturer
New Zealand Aerial Mapping Limited, Commissioned by
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In 1936 the Government set up a programme to photograph and map the whole country. Originally the RNZAF was given this task, but when World War II began in 1939 the contract was given to New Zealand Aerial Mapping Ltd. These first photographs were used to produce maps for the Defence Department.
New Zealand Aerial Mapping Ltd had been started by Piet Van Asch in 1935 and this Kansan was used from 1943. It was the company’s second aircraft, the first being a Monospar. The Beechcraft Kansan was initially manufactured as a military training aircraft. Piet van Asch thought the aircraft would be appropriate for photography because it offered good vision and performance, and it provided a stable platform and long range. It was modified for its new role - the bomb bay was converted into a photographic dark room and bomb racks were removed so that cameras could be installed.
The Kansan was retired in 1980 and donated to MOTAT in 1982. It still retains its original paint.
Manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Type: Bombing and gunnery trainer
Wing span: 14. 5 m
Length: 10.4 m
Engine: Two 450 HP Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engines
Manu Ruuri Painted
N.Z AERIAL MAPPING LTD. / HASTINGS Painted