Australian & New Zealand Military Aircraft Serials & History

RNZAF Miles Hawk Major
NZ578 & NZ587 to NZ589


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Serial c/n Type Aircraft history
NZ578 144 M.2H Previously VT-AGH in India.
Arrived in New Zealand on 10 May 1937 for the Wellington Aero Club.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AFK.
Impressed into RNZAF for a cost of 750 pounds on 15 September 1939 as NZ578.
Operated initially by No.2 EFTS based at New Plymouth.
Damaged on 05 May 1941 as a result of a forced landing near Ohakea and written off books at Ohakea.
NZ587 147 M.2F Original C of A issued in United Kingdom on 09 February 1935 when it was registered as G-ADCI to T. Aga, Brooklands.
Exported to New Zealand for Western Federated Flying Club and arrived at Wellington on 23 May 1937. Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AFM.
Transferred to the Wanganui Aero Club when the Federation was split up.
Impressed into RNZAF for a cost of 800 pounds on 11 October 1939 as NZ587.
Operated by No.2 EFTS at New Plymouth.
Suffered a forced landing near New Plymouth on 18 November 1939 while still wearing civilian registration and written off books at New Plymouth on 20 November of that year.
NZ588 220 M.2P Registered as G-ADLO on 23 July 1935 to Airwork Ltd, Heston, England and used at the Airwork Flying School.
Arrived at Wellington on 23 June 1937.
Assembled at Rongotai for the Marlborough Aero Club to whom it was delivered on 05 July of that year.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AFL.
Impressed into RNZAF for a cost of 300 pounds on 05 October 1939 as NZ588.
Was in damaged condition as a result of a forecd landing on a beach at Port Waikato when impressed.
Was probably not repaired.
Reduced to produce at Rongotai and SOC June 1940.

Miles Hawk Major 

NZ589 251 M.2P Previously VP-KBT in Kenya. Flew from the UK to Kenya in 1935, returning to UK in 1936.
Purchased from Kenya by the Canterbury Aero Club and delivered by sea in August 1937.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AFJ.
Made it's first flight in the country from Wigram on 21 August 1937.
Impressed into RNZAF 03 September 1939 as NZ589.
Initially operated by No.2 EFTS, New Plymouth.
It was later used by No.3 EFTS and No.1 EFTS.
Crashed at Ohakea in 1943 and written off books at Rongotai on 08 July 1943 as reduced to spares.

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: Miles Aircraft Website, NZ Wings May 1972/October 1989/May 1991. AHSNZ publications. RNZAF records.

Emails: Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan,

Updated 17 December 2013


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