Here's a photo of BXO I took at the ag reunion at Fielding on 28/5/1994. This aircraft was built from parts mainly ex ZK-BMN and was cancelled from the civil register 4/2004. Would this have been the last flying Agricola in New Zealand?.Who flew it at Fielding?.
Rangitikei Air Services operated one of these, so I'd assume John Harding (in his mid 70's and still flying a Cresco) would have flown it at some stage perhaps?
BXO, was not just the last in NZ, it was the only one flying in the world. John Stephenson was the owner and it would have been him or his brother Claude that flew it at Fielding. June 1996 NZ Wings has a good article about John, BXO and the Agricola story.
For the record (from NZ wings article) only seven were ever built and only five imported into NZ. But rebuilds and re-numbering saw a total of nine fly in NZ!!
Sads to read that Max Lacy has passed on . Of others who flew them I recall Fred Myers Mike Daniel possibly the Thorns too ? during their time at Aircontracts , and or course Barry Cook wonder if he still drives a taxi in MS /
I got to know Mike quite well during the years I lived in Masterton. Rumour has it that after BMK ended up in the river he got the loader driver, whose name I forget, and who was seated in the crew compartment at the time of the accident, to piggy-back him to the river bank to avoid getting wet.