Please support our urgent effort to save this iconic artifact of Aotearoa- New Zealand's social/transportation history, for future generations before it's too late.
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Our Urgent Campaign...
We are in a race against time to save the last remaining original Kiwi Boeing 747 passenger jet left on the planet, the former AirNew Zealand Boeing 747-419, MSN 29610-1180 - ex ZK-NBV,
'City Of Christchurch' from Aersale INC, Florida, USA. The airplane is currently in operational storage at Roswell, New Mexico USA after ending service with Wamos Air, Madrid Spain.
Our mission is to raise enough funds (extended to July 31st 2021) to purchase NBV. Bring Our Birds Home's interest in this airplane goes back to 2018 when NBV became the last remaining Kiwi -19 (Boeing NZ customer code) 747 passenger jet, following the scrapping and destruction of New Zealand's first Boeing 747-219B, ZK-NZV, MSN 22722-523 at Domodedovo Airport, Moscow, Russia.
Why This Aeroplane?
MSM 29610-1180 is the very last remaining original Kiwi Boeing 747-419 passenger jet, flying over two million passengers alone 1999-2014. First flown with a Boeing test registration at Everett (Paine Field) October, 09, 1998.Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NBV October 31, 1998. Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland, New Zealand. Handed over to Air New Zealand at Everett October 31, 1998 - named City Of Christchurch. Arrives Auckland (02:15 local) on completion of the delivery flight November 02, 1998. Rolled out in 'The Lord of the Rings 'The Two Towers' livery November13, 2002. Departs Auckland on last outbound Air NZ B747 AKL-SFO service September 10, 2014. Arrives AKL on return from SFO September 12, 2014 - withdrawn from use.
If We Are Successful In Our Mission?
We will purchase the NBV airframe, hold it in storage in Roswell New Mexico USA and at some point ship the airframe components to New Zealand and ultimately to the National Transport & Toy Museum at Wanaka for reassembly and eventual permanent public display.
What Happens If We Don't Make The Target?
Bring Our Birds Home has launched a stand alone Give A Little page to receive donations for this specific effort. If we fall short of the target we will use donor funds to secure the airframe. If we fail to secure NBV, it will go the way of it's former Singapore Airlines B747-412 Wamos sister ship EC-KSM (former 9V-SMW) - seen in frame grab. Thank you for your interest in our campaign.
Nga Mihi, Paul Brennan, founder/trustee, BOBH NZ charitable trust.