G-AUNZ prepares to depart Richmond in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to make the first aerial crossing of the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. The aircraft and pilots Lieutenant John Moncrieff and Captain George Hood, both new Zealanders, vanished without trace. The irregular Morse tones sent from the aircraft ceased suddenly 12 hours into the expected 14-hour flight. Photo from: Hood Collection/State Library of New South Wales
Undated photo but postwar as the TEAL logo was not applied until then. ZK-AMA was delivered in 1939. It was towed into storage at RNZAF Hobsonville in November 1947. In August 1945 it was fast taxied, up on the step according to witnesses, to Mission Bay where it was to become an attraction. This was not to last and -AMA was scrapped in October 1950.
ZK-NBA was delivered to Air New Zealand in September 1985. It was withdrawn from use in March 2005 and sold as N326MR for conversion to a freighter. During its years with Air New Zealand it was leased to TACA and Ansett (as VH-RMC) which subleased it to Swiss World (as HB-IIX).