So! We have a storming thread on the mighty Fletcher, I've seen the Airtruck and Canberra have their threads, and of course a certain machine ground-bound at Omaka...so why not another workhorse of the Kiwi skies, the Cessna 180? I sadly have no such images, but I'd love to see what you all have....particularly any ag machines!
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Sept 27, 2009 21:23:51 GMT 12
That ZK-CQY in Reply #9 brings back a few memories.
In 1974 I did my first parachute jump (static line) from a Cessna 185 Ag-Carryall just like that one. ZK-DPH was owned by Astro Air based at Napier and flown by Dick Beattie (long since deceased). I did many jumps from DPH at Bridge Pa aerodrome, mostly flown by Marty Herbert, but occasonally by Dick Beattie. We used to remove the spray booms, the right-hand door and all the seats apart from the pilot's seat, but we always left the belly-tank in place while skydiving.
Other Cessnas I have jumped out of included ZK-CHS from Taupo flown by Graeme Stratton (he used to ferry it over to Bridge Pa late on a Friday or early Saturday morning, then ferry it back home again on Sunday evening). The jumpers used to refer to Charlie Hotel Sierra as "Charlie Horse Shit" and I'll never forget the day Graeme used that unofficial callsign as he climbed into the Napier control zone while lifting a load of us jumpers to exit altitude. There was a stunned silence from the air traffic controller for a few seconds, followed by a bit of laughter, then after that the Charlie Horse Shit callsign used to get used on the airwaves in Hawke's Bay quite a bit.
We also used to jump out of ZK-CGH, owned by John Plank and based at Palmerston North. It was one of the Manawatu Skydiving Club jumpships, but whenever the weather crapped out in Palmerston North (which was quite often in winter), they'd head for Bridge Pa to jump with the Hawke's Bay Skydiving Club and bring CGH with them. It was often flown by Dave Ashworth (who later tragically died while piloting one of those big Russian choppers in a logging operation in Westland many years ago); then after we twisted Dave's arm to do a jump and he decided jumping was more fun than flying jumpers, Ross Lockwood used to regularly pilot CGH for us. There was also a Cessna 180 based at Palmerston North that was a regular visitor to Bridge Pa for jumping during weekends, but I'd have to go and dig out my old skydiving logbooks to find out the registration.
We also used to get the occasional Cessna 206 turn up at Bridge Pa for the weekend carrying Auckland skydivers and on one occasion a group of Auckland skydivers turned up with a Cessna 207.
I've also jumped out of DC-3 ZK-BEU when it was operated by Mount Cook Airlines (we chartered it for a weekend of jumping at Woodbourne during Labour Weekend 1975), plus I did a few jumps out of one of Fieldair's DC-3s as well, but I can't recall which DC-3 it was.
But back to Dick Beattie's Cessna 185 Ag-Carryall ZK-DPH. It used to occasionally be sighted in the carpark at the Te Aute Hotel south of Hastings. Dick used to actually land it on SH2 (between the power lines on one side of the road and the telephone lines on the other (before they were removed) and taxi into the pub car park. They were different times back then and pilots like Dick (who was ex-wartime-RNZAF, but who was a pilot prior to WWII) were definitely a different breed! ;D
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Hey i jumped out of Charlie Horse Sh*t as well when it was down at Omaka for the nationals. I have a photo of it in my album in the Dynamic Volcanic snow flights colours. I did my first jump in 1974 at Whenuapai and then Frank Fesche trained me at Woodbourne. I went on to be Jumpmaster for the Nelson club. I also jumped out of the DC3 at Woodbourne and out of the Friendship at Whenuapai.