Captured this evening at Whakatane by Phillip Kyle was the Fairchild SA227-CC Metro 23 ZK-POF (c/n CC-844B).
It was registered as N30229 to Fairchild Aircraft Corporation of San Antonio Texas in September 1993.
It ferried into Auckland from Tonga and Pago Pago on 08-10-1994 and was registered as ZK-POF on 14-10-1994 to Airpost Ltd.
Airpost Ltd was a joint venture between NZ Post Ltd and Airwork (1984) Ltd.
Services began in mid-January 1991 using the Metroliners ZK-NSS, ZK-POA and ZK-POB.
The two new Metro 23's ZK-POE and ZK-POF joined in October of 1994.
ZK-POF did some time with Origin Pacific Airways in 1999 after which ownership passed to Airwork (NZ) Ltd on 29-09-1999, then to Airwork Holdings Ltd from 08-08-2003 and then to Airwork Flight Operations Ltd from 08-01-2009.
It carried out its last Airpost duties on 17-01-2017 and was parked up until it sold, along with ZK-POE to Air Chathams Ltd on 20-10-2017.