If my memory is correct, HFO was a turbocharged model. It makes me smile today that anything turbocharged goes fast, yet I can still see the placard on the panel "Maximum speed with spray booms on, 40 knots".
Hi folks, I am writing on local history. I had a ride in what I believe to be the first Helicopter seen in the south. Not sure of the date, I think it was February 1954 and I thought it was a Bell 47. Can anybody verify the date and registration of the machine. I remember it had a big BELL TEA sign on the side and for that reason I don’t think the machine was a Hiller.
These couple of shots were taken at Mechanics Bay around 1981 of the Okanagen Helicopter being assembled. If my memory serves me right it was imported for taking crew out to the oil rigs, but could be wrong in that. Anyone have any superior knowledge about it. Must apologies for the inferior colour, but the prints were old Viko ones that faded and lost colour. Had to photoshop the colour so may not be absolutely accurate.
Met one of the pilots recently up here in Canada that flew that 61 in NZ, Walter (can't remember his last name). Still flies the S61 for HTSC now, must be well into his 70s now. Absolute character and a guru with a long line under the 61.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 19, 2011 14:23:19 GMT 12
Speaking of veteran helicopters, I have heard that Phil Hooker has sold his M*A*S*H Sioux and his Hughes 500. Are they still based in NZ? He was much missed at Armistice in Cambridge this year where he usually took rides and did awesome displays.
Post by corsairarm on Dec 12, 2011 18:39:51 GMT 12
I have just been scanning some slides from the 70's and came across the S61 being unloaded. At the time I worked for a government dept in Custom House which had a good view of the wharfs, Great for taking photos. With the earlier posting I am able to put a year to my photos but can someone please tell me what month. That is the trouble when you don't date all your photos.
and up,up and away.
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do any of you good folk remember...... Murray White - my grandfather Bruce Hutchins - my father.......both worked for Whirlwide and then Wanganui Aeroworks and my mum Auriol Hutchins worked in the office in Wanganui' I am also wanting to track down Mel Cain's son Curtis if possible (I named my son after him) if anyone has contact details for Mel woud be awesome. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help
Frank Mettner was an American, probably of Korean war vintage I'm guessing. Operated in the Poverty Bay/ Bay of Plenty region as, I think, Whirlwide Aviation. Machine(s?) were something like BD I'd guess. Far as I know they/it were all referred to as 'Bell'. Talking late 50's early 60's. Machine was often trailered around behind a big Ford ute. He got quite a reputation thru the region for completing difficult jobs, SAR and the likes. Think he eventually, unfortunately, had a prang that ended it all.