Is it just my perception (or sketchy research) or did the Ag-Dak have a relatively enviable safety record for an ag aircraft in NZ? The obvious and unfortunate exception to this being ZK-AOI, which according to Phillip Treweek's website crashed at Clarence (or was it Seddon - quite a long way away) in 1973 after a structural failure? For a large aircraft in intensive use, at low altitude and in a role for which it had not been designed, this seems counter intuitive. Or have I got this wrong?
Flying a plane is no different from riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.
Indeed the AG DAKS had a very good safety record. It was the fact that the DAK being readily available at low cost, and having no "Life time" on the spars etc meant they were suited for these operations. The crash of AOI was due to structural failure and probably as the result of the way in which that particular pilot operated the aircraft (as the rumour mill said at the time and ever since)
Great photo's thanks folks!! Love the last one with cars you just don't see anymore.
I grew up in Whakatane and as a kid, managed a few rides with Bill Petersen when he came through once or twice a year. Last ride in an ag-Dak was with Bruce Thompson in GS in BBJ not long before her final flight as a topdresser. Great days!!