I hope this will be a thread to match the likes of "Fletcher" and "Harvard Pile".
New Zealand has been home to more than 100 Hughes 369/500-series aircraft over the years. There has been a smattering of shots in this forum however I would love to see any/ALL 500 shots by our forumites. I also include the NOTAR MD520 in this idea, so feel free to post what you have......but 500Cs are preferred :-P
The 500C is my all-time favourite, I spent many hours as a kid watching old film of deer recovery 500s at work in the Tararuas and also watching the made-for-TV-movies "Birds Of Prey" and "Deadly Encounter", both featuring a 500 as the "star". Wanganui Aero Work has had a couple of them over the years too, as well as local 500E operator Hill Country Helicopters, so as a kid I had a fair amount of 500 exposure!
I'll kick things off with ZK-HTL, taken at this year's Warbirds Over Wanaka during the spectacular sunrise on Saturday(?) morning.
Also at Wanaka an MD520. You can see the family resemblance quite clearly
Does anyone have any shots of - or even know of - a 500C mounted on a pole in the central North Island? In 1999 my family spent Xmas in Rotorua and I distinctly remember the poled Hughes, being such a fan of the type. I think it was outside a deer-oriented museum/attraction, possibly named Deer World. A google search has only come up with a shop in central Rotorua, and a "trip" from Taupo to Roto on Google Earth has come up with nothing.
This was the first 500 I ever got to fly in, courtesy of the boss at Noel Leeming Hawera. Was awesome to pull up and see her sitting there, when the pilots asked if anyone had any preference for what they'd like to fly in I practically yelled "500 FOR ME!".
High skids, yes. T-tail, no. Goodness Craig, first you poke fun at Fletchers and now you reveal your lust for the Other 500. Bah! :-P alls well, I too wish I had more photos to share. I have a new friend who has some cracker shots id love to be posted here.