Point taken zaphod. Great machine. Rebuilt an engine for the DC3 loader back in 1964. Had a piston burn a hole in it on a trip from Ardmore to Kaikohe. Had to spend a night in Warkworth.
The one I worked on had the original engine replaced early in its life (1930's) and had a Leyland engine ever since. My dad also had a Thornycroft 4x4 truck (Nubian I think) from the 40's, but it disappeared from its storage site a few years ago. It may have originally been military and hopefully gone to someone who will restore it rather than scrap...
Frank Jarvis - from memory he was RNZAF, then Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, before becoming a topdressing pilot.
Correct. Enlisted RNZAF (ex ATC cadet) as NZ437303 on 14 May 43. Joined RNZN as NZ8739 for FAA service on 9 Dec 43 and sailed for UK 20 Feb 44.
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Photo of Frank Jarvis leaning on the loader, someone working on the wheel. I think the other person talking to Frank is Jack Roberts. He ended up as Ops manager for James in Rotorua. The photos of the Nuffield loader brings back memories. We used to use one of them at Ardmore for filling the DC3 loader. I think Super Air still use it at Hamilton, modified as a crane. There are several stories about those loaders about the spead they could get up to on the road going down hill in "Angel Gear". Also Aircraft Services looking for one of the rear wheels lost on the way from from Tauhoa (West coast) to Leigh (East coast), which took several days.
Thanks immensely for continuing with these Dave. I can tell you that the extended wheelbase Nuffield was indeed converted to a long necked hydraulic crane and served for many years with Aero Machinists and Engineers at Rukuhia (Les de Lacy and Ron Edge) then with NZAIL & PAC. I was not aware of it going to Super Air.
I have a question: Despite my many years on the Eastern side of the airfield and having read a reasonable amount of stuff about the early Fletchers, I do not recall seeing or knowing about the belly-blister depicted. What was that for? A streamlining shroud for the hopper gate levers or some sort of spray or fuel tank?
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Post by The Red Baron on Mar 20, 2015 8:17:31 GMT 12
Thats the original Fletcher hopper box,it was a slot along the bottom and the door rolled sideways around it.It was apparently very hard to close when open and I don't think there was any dump capability.Most operators designed their own hopper boxes to replace it,James and Robertsons had their own designs.A few Fletchers even flew until the early 1960's with that hopper outlet. The photo of BIL in the shed is 1956.
Thanks for the photos of BHH,its not often seen due to its short career,it was rebuilt but they re registered it as BVU.I'd be guessing the photos show its first flights carrying a load as its not even painted in James colours of the period.