Tui Sports

The Tui Sports was a New Zealand light aircraft of the 1930s.

It was a small single-seat aerobatic single-bay biplane of fabric-covered wooden construction with a highly streamlined circular section fuselage. It was powered by a Szekely 3-cylinder engine.

This Tui Sports was built by Fred North at Dannevirke and was first flown by Allan McGruer from a field near Whenuapai on 4 January 1934. It was named after the highly manoeuvrable Tui bird. The silver and gold Tui became very popular, being used for aero club flying and airline pilot training. Originally intended as a one-off homebuilt, its success encouraged Fred North and the Dominion Aircraft Company to prepare for production in Auckland, however, New Zealand's declaration of war against Germany on 3 September 1939 resulted in these plans being postponed and later scrapped. The Tui Sports crashed on Ohope Beach in 1941.

At the end of 2008 the fuselage was almost complete and the wings fitted. The last step to be completed was the fitting of the engine.

The completed aircraft is now on display in the main hanger at Motat 2.

- Aircraft under restoration 2008 (Richard Wesley)
- Cockpit fittings 2008 (Richard Wesley)
- Early aircraft restoration progress 2007 (Richard Wesley)

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