I was working at Rex Aviation at Taieri in 1965 when Jack Day had ZK-CCG/NZ 2417 down south for an attempt at a record flight, went down to Momona to have a look at it in the NAC hangar. Next morning, back at Taieri we started work to the sound of a Merlin climbing hard in the frosty morning air. isc
Post by markrogers on Mar 11, 2019 11:53:09 GMT 12
Where was that taken? In the Motueka breaker's yard?
As a young boy growing up in Hope near Nelson with apple orchards around where I lived, I can recall seeing the orchard trailers fitted with P-51 wheels and tires being towed by orchard tractors. There is still a trailer out there that I know of with Mustang wheels on it.
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Mark looks to me to be at Pete Colemans section at Fairhall near Blenheim. This is a photo that I took of NZ2427 just along that bank a bit in the late 60's. The text at the bottom of the photo of NZ2422 is in the same style as the earlier pictures in this thread of NZ2427 at his place which I presume was written by Pete.
David D, I'v got both names in my info, and I know Jack Day was involved in CCG, but you may well be right. I did talk to Ron Fechney about thirty years ago, but thing wee a bit edgy about the aircraft, I think a few friends broke up over its sale. Since then I got to know Ron's son, but not been in contact since the C185 prang a year or three ago. isc
I was working for NZNAC on Wellington airport during the mid to late sixties when CCG called in a a few occasions, each time John MacDonald was pilot. I took pictures of the aircraft with John standing in front talking to the Mobil tanker driver. He landed on one occasion when a strong southerly wind was blowing and mentioned his flight time from Ch to WN. I cannot recall the exact figures but it was something like CC - BM 17 minutes and BM - Wn 11 minutes. (don't quote me on those!) Another time when he was returning from Auckland, as an exercise the RNZAF scrambled Vampires to intercept him but he told us they could not catch him. Whether there is truth in the latter I have no idea.