my dad flew CQO at raetihi from about 1975 to 1980. would love to take a look at it with my dad. not sure how i can contact you via the site but will work on getting some pics scanned. also have video of it topdressing
the pic of DHX was at fielding with bob monds. it was pranged and rebuilt with bits from EJK. i think sold to australia.
DME is parked at raetihi. doug mckenzie flew it before he went onto choppers.
I've been reading the forum for a while now and thought it was about time to contribute. First off I think the Ag wagon is one of the best looking ag aircraft around along with the turbine Air Tractor series. I have had the pleasure of maintaining or otherwise being involved with most of the flying Ag wagons since the early nineties Now to add to some previous posts. EJK was last flown by Bob Monds out of Feilding. It was involved in a take off incident in 1992, going through four fences before stopping. EJK was used to rebuild/overhaul the aging DPX which was flown by Chris Iremonger out of Te Kuiti. DPX stayed with Rural Air Services until about 1996 when it was then sold to Air West Coast or its forerunner. It was involved in a crash not long after. DHX was flown for along time by Allan Campbell until he retired. It remained at Feilding with Rural then to Aero Support, then was involved in a take off crash in 2004 in central Hawkes Bay. WAS which was an Ag husky powered with a lycoming IO-720 was exported late last year to a operator in Tasmania. This was second aircraft to have this rego. The first was involved in wire strike incident at Bunnythorpe in late 1990. Another aircraft was imported keeping the same rego in 1991 These two aircraft were modified in the USA. The original WAS was the first Ag husky in the world to be powered by the lycoming 720, and this aircraft replaced DPA with Wareham Airspray. The Ag husky was powered originally with a turbo charged TSIO-520 Continental. There was one other 400 Ag husky KZI this was imported from Australia in the very late eighties by Bernie Symonds from the Hawkes Bay. It returned there not long after. This aircraft was modified by Pays Air Service in Scone. As noted previously by chewy, a lot of the last flying Ag wagons were cobbled together out of other wrecked airframes. Only the data plate and a few other items being original to that particular serial number. This was particularly true if they were ex Rural or Midland machines. Even the earlier airframes were modified quite a bit. The A models were retrofitted with B model wings which had camber cuff leading edges, increase in dihedral, drooped wing tips, strut/flap fence etc. This become a problem later on when we fitted stol kits to improve performance. Tube structures and aft fuses were swapped around at rebuild time. I have got lots more stuff on other machines around this time, and a lot of photos which I might share one of these days
looking through the log books of ZK-CQO, her first and only recorded prang in Jan 1970, she was fitted with fuse aft section x CQU fuse welded section x CQM stabliser x CQQ and the list continues and this was after been fitted with the modified wings from COP in 1968. Grandads axe alright. Clintb, not sure how to get in touch but maybe ask Dave and we could swap emails