when I was about 8 years old ? I was with ray wells in a conventional loader topdressing truck moving it to the other side of hood aerodrome - the surface was greasy and ray put the truck into a handbrake slide - at least 2 full revolutions over the field !
In my photo collection back home I have several images taken on Hood aerodrome in late 1955 of supply dropping trials with James Aviation Beaver ZK-BFO. The images depict the aircraft with timber and 44gal drums slung beneath its wings, also in the pictures is Air Contracts manager Colin James, brother of Ozzie James, and DH pilot Roger Jamieson
air services (wai) went operational. air contracts stuck around for a while and Colin James I assume was involved in these - to me he was the man that drove the big car. john rosengrave local masterton accountant took over air services (wai) and air contracts sort of fizzled out - that my crude understanding of it
and many pilots flew for them - middlemiss got to 13,000 hours at the other end of the scale robert thurston got to 30,000 hours