Many a fun day had as young lad crammed in the back of a 500 with an icecream container full of 308 rounds loading magazines for the sig, before school. The pictures of the seismic days bring back a lot of memories of machines parked in the back paddock in Gisborne. Turbine changes, blade tracking with the engineers, it all happened at home. Good bunch of people working hard in a hard industry.
Post by hhelikopter on Nov 5, 2011 17:45:32 GMT 12
I had seen a series on TV in which the protagonist got into various adventures with a Hughes 500 during his work. I was a child when I had seen it, if I remember correctly it was made in New Zealand around 1980. The title was something like Sky Crew or Sky Crean but I don't remember. I'd like to buy it so I'd be glad if anyone knew more.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 5, 2011 18:08:31 GMT 12
There was a Hughes 500 central to the action in the excellent NZ drama series from the 1990's called Marlin Bay. Andy Anderson played the pilot, and Katie Wolfe was his daughter who worked at the Marlin Bay casino. It was set in the Bay of Islands and had a great cast and was well made.
Post by oldbrownholden on Dec 21, 2011 22:13:55 GMT 12
I dont think HUT and HTH are the same machine, as mentioned on the first page. My old man was "leasing" HTH from the Page Brothers in takaka in the mid 80s, around the same time as the HUT tail departure episode. Bob McElhinney was our pilot, I vividly remember flying home one late night from down the Maruia somewhere, no doors on the machine, freezing cold, grin a mile wide, perched up on that little alloy bit between the two front seats, being all of 13 years old, bob flew up over a ridge and just dumped it over the other side, i sh*t bricks and did my best possum grab impersonation, while the old man laughed and thought it was a hell of a joke. Also remember Alfie Speights doing things to a helicopter that should be illegal, immoral or impossible, "stall turns" seem to ring a bell. also steve collins from opotiki, he flew a couple of trips with us in a 300 (i think), great pilot. Thats my 2 cents worth. Cheers and merry xmas.
ZK-HTH/1 was ex-N9241F and N502WH, registered to North West Capturing Developments Ltd., Takaka 31Jan1980. Crashed Heaphy Track 28Apr1986. Remains sold to Skysales Aviation (NZ) Ltd., Christchurch 10Apr1987, not rebuilt cancelled 10Feb1989.
ZK-HTH/2 was ex-RP-C610, RP-C616, ZK-HUT, registered to Wing & Rotor Aviation Ltd., Ardmore 29Sep1999. Eventually to Gisborne Helicopters Ltd., Gisborne 20Jan2010 and cancelled as sold abroad 25Nov2010.
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
Post by oldbrownholden on Dec 30, 2011 15:19:15 GMT 12
yep i had heard that the first HTH had gone down in the heaphy, this wasnt too long after he was flying for us. still remember the feral howl of that 500 when it was coming in with a whole swag of deer dangling underneath, and the smell of the kerosene. Awesome. Getting off-topic here but one of the craziest things was in the gowan valley (nelson lakes) once, the airforce used to dog fight in their sky hawks in and out of all the valleys up there, well me and my cousin (RIP) were up the hill out on a point on our motorbikes, a skyhawk came reaming out of the valley (we didnt hear it coming) and hugged in real close around the end of the point, maybe 15-20 metres away from us, we actually saw the pilots gloved hand wave as he shot past and got buffeted by his exhaust, it scared the crap out of us. they used to do low level runs over lake rotoroa too, they would nearly blow the paint off the roof of the rotoroa lodge as they went over, am i meant to be saying all this? haha.