And an Auster in the background. Cant quite make out the rego under the port wing. Looks a bit clean to be topdresser but you never know. On that note I saw a Canterbury Aero Club Cherokee Archer II fly overhead yesterday and I noticed it had the rego under the port wing, Hadn't seen that done on a civil aircraft for a long time! Nice job on the colour photo Dave!
Post by The Red Baron on Nov 18, 2012 20:57:05 GMT 12
The Auster is most likely from James Rotorua,it was a seperate company that operated tourist and charter flights out of Rotorua.There was a cross over where pilots flew for the topdressing and charter company.It operated until around the mid '60s. The Beaver BFO was fitted with bombracks after the Auck-Tok-Kawerau air service folded.It did some work dropping building materials for the Forest service before it went topdressing.
The Thorneycroft loader unloading the packing crate was the original DC3 loader. At the time shown it was only partly built. I never saw any of the early loaders. The lowest numbered vehicle I remember was No 18, which was a small Commer truck which was used to tow the DC3 loader hopper when two hoppers were used. The hoppers were interchanged between loads. This system had stopped by the time I started driving. The Thorneycroft was No 20 and a Fordson front end loader was No 38.
Post by Peter Lewis on Nov 19, 2012 8:03:53 GMT 12
The plane-on-the-truck does not look like a Whitney.
The Messenger looks to be more likely. ZK-AWE was imported for Arthur Baker, who was involved with James Aviation. I have a note that it was damaged in a landing accident (where?) 24Jan1955. This could be the cause of the damage shown. Repaired, it failed its CofA at Timaru in 1970 due to suspected glue delamination and after lying derelict at the airport was eventually burnt.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 19, 2012 8:19:20 GMT 12
Ah right, I wondered if that was one of Arthur Baker's aeroplanes. He was from Cambridge and ran Baker Construction here, but was also a diretor of James Aviation. It had been in Arthur's Tiger Moth that Ossie had first done topdressing trials, before the RNZAF did tehir own research. Arthur flew and Ossie sat in the bag scooping fert out of a sack and dropping it on Arthur's hilly Whitehall farm.
I surely did! Life is pretty hectic thanks to working with an injured back and coming up to the end of study, so such things are real treats :-) You've done a great job on that, and for scanning and sharing so many images.