Not quite the photo transfer I wanted, but click on the above and you'll get it. Peter Splinter was the engineering manager, and BKG was owned by Brian Hore at the Nokomai Station, south of lake Wakatipu. I,v got another photo a year or so later with a new paint job, and a photo of it now, I'll have to hunt them out. isc
If you fiddle around with this you can find all the Cessna photos I have in P Bucket, including my weather vane.
Well that didn't last for ever, the photo comes up on my computer, but tried another last night, it was gone with a message from PB. It's back again!
As outlined above, Cessna 180 ZK-BUH was damaged in February 1961.
The wreck was removed back to Bell Block and rebuilt there. Retaining the same constructors number, the aircraft re-appeared in July 1961 as ZK-CAS.
Initially registered to Rural Aviation on 4Jul1961, it then quickly moved on to Wanganui and became the property of John Harding on the 9th October.
It was then operated as part of the fleet of the Harding family topdressing company, Wanganui Aero Work. In December 1963 title was transferred to another Harding company, Aircraft Holdings Ltd., but ZK-CAS continued to work under the WAW banner.
On 3Nov1966 ZK-CAS was sold into private ownership, and after a few more owners was badly damaged on landing at the Albert Burn strip, Lake Hawea, 16Mar2013.
ZK-CAS while working for Wanganui Aero Work, at Wanganui February 1964
By 28May1966 the company advertising had increased in size
Haha good old Cas miss the trips in her to bishops beach, Too bad John geary did what he did
was in Napier so made an effort to see Harley Cadwallader and Juliette - all are well and happy. I can always remember Harley visiting our house - I was a kid then.
Story: Harley stated he loader drove for Neil Middlemiss (my father) ............. he stated one day with bucket over C180 a hose blew and and the whole thing came down on the fueslage. They couldn't lift it so decided to drag it off ......... causing a rear damaged spar (part crushed and needing repair)
After much looking, heaving and thinking - it was decided by them to fly back to base ........ a quiet flight back I assume
Harley is about 75 years now - 15000 hours and said he stopped flying 15 years ago ? - still playing with all his marbles ..........
However, Bill Easton was a mate of my grandfathers. He was kind enough to let me use his workshop on weekends while I was a boarder at Dannevirke High School during the late 50's. With a friend we made a tandem bike and a go cart.
The firm did indeed make bridge girders - at one stage 1 a month manufactured and delivered to Taumarunui as part of a major bridge replacement program by the county while my father was the engineer there. About 100 were made. I did two trips home riding in the front truck. Rear vehicle was a design and build by Eastons, driver lay semi prone, powered by a Commer petrol engine.
Now, I understand that Bill had a Tiger Moth, fitted with a canopy.
Hi Tintopa, I to lived in Dannevirke 1958/60, lived on the corner of Trafalgar and Alardice sts, just round the corner from Vic Christy, and a few hundred yards from Eastons yard, often saw the bridge girders getting moved out. I seem to remember the Tiger Moth with the canopy. I often used to bike out to the airstrip just to see planes up close, or up to Oringi to see the DC-3, or Lodestar. isc
Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 23, 2018 23:10:45 GMT 12
Easton's canopy Tiger was ZK-AZY.
He obtained it from topdressing firm Aerodress Ltd. in December 1957 (and presumably fitted the coupe top at that stage as part of the conversion from topdressing config) and eventually parted with it to the Southern Hawkes Bay Aero Club in September 1962. All of these operators were Dannevirke based.
ZK-AZY was eventually blown over at Taieri 12Nov67, though some remains are still extant.
Bill had a Cessna 180 but cannot recall the rego and don't have access to my log books at present. A group of us lads would occasionally drive up from Masterton and hire it. I remember flying over to an airshow at Otaki in it. Probably around 1968 or 69.