Post by strikemaster on Jan 19, 2011 13:04:42 GMT 12
I read those, thanks. I'm pretty sure it was a hodge podge of different parts and also some parts Colin (Sutherland) fabricated in his garage. It was finished before 1993, at least the early 80's. IIRC it had a rough landing at one point and needed repairs, these may have not been completed till 1993 tho.
I remember seeing the wings being built and it was truly a sight to behold. It took quite a while to build and I also remember Colin's wife, she wasn't too pertubed about having aircraft parts all over the house and yard. :-) I think Dad is still in contact with him too. Dad did aerial photography for FRI in the 1970's out of Rotorua and I think that's how they met.
Thank you Peter for the picture of AJA. Formerly NZ-757 ,it was flown by many new trainees at Harewood under the instruction of Jack Edwards ( a relation of mine) during the period of 10.40 to 3.42.Although Jack instructed on many Tigers during this time -757 was the most common Tiger Moth he instructed in. Its nice to see other photos of Tigers that he instructed on surviving the war, going on to be used in the aero clubs and topdressing industry. Hence my enthusiasm for this thread. Jack Edwards continued instructing at Woodbourne on Harvards and was eventually posted onto SBD's on 25 Squadron in the pacific.Jack was Killed in action on 10.5.44 on operations during a strike on Rabaul.
Its interesting to see the anti spin strakes on the rear of the fuselage.Being a Rongotai made Tiger I dont think they were fitted here,so its perhaps a post war addition
Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 20, 2011 11:34:08 GMT 12
After Tiger ZK-AKE's sojourn with the New Plymouth AC it went to Aerodress in December 1951 and was converted for agricultural work. They passed it on to J H Richardson, Feilding in mid-1957, presumably when they were upgrading their fleet. I have always assumed that the Richardsons were a farming family and used the Tiger in its agricultural configuration on their own property rather than converting it back to a two-holer. I have it logged as Cr near Feilding 13Sep61, which would make sense if it was usually being operated in that area.
Just a thought, perhaps 'Buckland' was the name of the Richardson farm at Feilding?
Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 20, 2011 21:18:31 GMT 12
A couple of comments on the above.
Tiger Moth ZK-AHO for the Auckland AC was an allocation only, the aircraft never operated as such but went directly to military service. NZ716 went from the RNZAF to John Digby Neave, Christchurch in December 1946 who set up to freight whitebait and such from the West Coast operating as Aerial Transport (NZ) Ltd). He had it converted to a single seater as ZK-ANE with a freight hopper for this purpose. This is the configuration shown here, which is why it looks odd.
Neave was later CFI at Canterbury Aero Club, and sold the Tiger to Des J Nolan of Haast, one of the famous West Coast Nolan family, who used it for a similar purpose. They also owned, at various times, Messenger ZK-AUM and Auster J-5 ZK-BGT.
In 1951 ZK-ANE went to Farmers ATD Co.Ltd. of Invercargill and was used on topdressing work from 14th August 1951 until it crashed into lake Owaka 29Jan53.
The ZK-ANN at MoTAT is actually ZK-AIN (ex-Barr Bros) with parts of ZK-BJH. The real ZK-ANN was the pioneer topdressing aircraft in the North Island when operated by Aircraft Service/Auckland Aviation Services. Its first flight as a topdresser by D Greig at Mangere 27Jul49, 1st trial t/d flight Ihumato 4Sep49. 1st commercial t/d flight Clevedon 7Sep49. It was sold to Thames ATD Co.Ltd. in 1955, WFU Thames 1959. Passed on to Charles Henty Rupert Liddell, Te Awamutu in 1963 not used, stored at Hastings. Ownership changed to J R Crosbie, Pukekohe 23Aug1982, not restored, cancelled 27Mar1991. Passed through J Pheasant, Papakura to W Edwards Ardmore who is said to be restoring it to airworthy. Hopefully it will reappear in aerial work configuration as it would be the oldest NZ topdressing aircraft still extant, ZK-ASO having been destroyed many years ago.
............ set up to freight whitebait and such from the West Coast operating as Aerial Transport (NZ) Ltd). He had it converted to a single seater as ZK-ANE with a freight hopper for this purpose. This is the configuration shown here, which is why it looks odd.
In some of the photos I have (below) of ZK-ANE taken in 1947 it is clearly a two seater with a streamlined windshield for the front seat and the streamlined canopy for the rear seat. The front windshield must be removable with a cover for when the front seat is not being used (as in the original photo posted). It seems to be a bit of an extreme modification for a freighter.
This photo was taken on the same day and in the same position as the previously posted picture.
This photo could be at Harewood.
Here it is at Mangere again, but this time it has the titles on the cowling.