De Havilland Chipmunk, VH-ZIZ
The De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, VH-ZIZ, was built by De Havilland in the United Kingdom in 1952. The Chipmunk was built as a military training aircraft to replace the De Havilland Tiger Moth, and is still the longest serving aircraft in the RAF.
VH-ZIZ was offered for sale by the RAF in October 1959. No Chipmunks saw service in the Royal Australian Air Force.
VH-ZIZ was the last aircraft to fly out of Croydon airport before its closure in 1959. The aircraft was then based at Biggin Hill and in 1966 it was entered in, and won, the King's Cup Air Race.
The aircraft was purchased by Mike Hannell in 1993 and shipped to Australia. After assembly it was granted Australian registration markings VH-ZIZ and first flew on 16th November, 1994. The Chipmunk is based at CJFM and is regularly flown by it's owner, Mike Hannell.