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Hercules Airlines (New Zealand)

Posted by Homer on 10 July 2016 - 02:11:34
102 posts, 48 aircraft seen at 15 airports. Local Airport: YCM

Hello everybody!

I think I've discovered a new (to us) defunct airline!

Hercules Airlines Ltd was incorporated 4 May 1984 with registered office in Auckland, New Zealand. The company was struck off the register as of 3 February 1992. See https://www.nzlbusiness.com/company/struck-off/Hercules-Airlines-Limited

In between those dates, Hercules operated three Bristol freighters, including ZK-EPD, according to World Airline Fleets News, September 1987. There is no further detail as to the type or MSN, but there are several pictures on the Internet, including this one of ZK-EPC: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QrAVs68Vm4E/TsNkHazlfoI/AAAAAAAAEP8/UkkcaEsvdb8/s1600/19861102+EPC+NZAR+Hercules+Airlines+S+Lowe.jpg

ZK-EPD is also pictured in camo paint and natural finish with RNZAF markings. The third Bristol was apparently ZK-EPB, also pictured in RNZAF camo paint.

A little more research (if anyone is interested) would probably turn up the msns etc but that's as far as I got today.


Posted by Homer on 13 July 2016 - 02:39:27
102 posts, 48 aircraft seen at 15 airports. Local Airport: YCM

Hi Dennis,

I'm not seeing the Hercules ownership for ZK-EPB ??? Perhaps that's yet to be added.


Data Editor Posted by DT on 14 July 2016 - 06:16:26
2085 posts, 27171 aircraft seen at 141 airports. Local Airport: DUS

Because according to three sources it never went on to Hercules Airlines. It was scrapped pretty soon in 1978...



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