An aircraft that has become increasingly rare over the years [and soon to be "extinct" from New Zealand skies] is the General Dynamic Allison Convair 44/580.
These days, the only local operator is Air Chathams, where the aircraft is used to transport people and freight between the Chatham Islands, Wellington, Auckland and occasionally Whanganui. It is unfortunately one of few local types that I have not yet had a flight on... I'll have to see what I can do before they are permanently grounded.
In this photo, ZK-CIE is departing Wellington to the Chatham Islands a few weeks ago.
|General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIE, operated by Air Chathams|