Percival Proctor ZK-AQK has been purchased by the Ashburton Aviation Museum and we are hoping to get right onto restoration just as soon as our Provost is ready for the exhibition hangar, which should only be a couple of weeks.
Now we have the challenge of getting it from Rangitata to Ashburton which would only be a few miles in direct line but there are a few bridges to negotiate if we bring her by road up State Highway One! Hmmm
I wonder if anyone is taking a big helicopter to Wanaka who would like do a little job on their way home? Barbequed sausages and a warm welcome, at the very least, for all involved!!
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 6, 2014 16:30:43 GMT 12
The RNZAF has moved several aeroplanes underslung by helicopter in the past too Zac. One was a Fletcher that landed on a beach. I have seen a photo of an RNZAF Iroquois also slinging a biplane somewhere too.
I think we discussed the various options for moving it then. I also guess the aircraft did not land at Rangitata, presumably it arrived by road back then. The link would have shown a few similar aircraft getting moved about.
Thanks baronbeeza, we will not be attempting to restore AQK to airworthy condition but she will be reassembled, repaired as necessary and painted in her earlier colour scheme with the speed bird motif to join the almost three dozen other aircraft in our warm and dry exhibition hangars, hopefully alongside our other 'Percival'
Just a little more to do on that one before it leaves the w'shop.
BTW, I took a look at the link you provided and I must be sure that no one gets any ideas of towing AQK backwards on the main wheels!
Getting to a more realistic mode, can anyone tell me where the 'official' lifting points are on a Proctor? Lift from the wing attachments using a spreader bar? Lift from the engine mounts on the firewall?
We need to get a truck organised and have the lifting sorted before the man arrives with his Hiab.