I just wanted to say I'm going through and restoring as many of my broken photo links as I can, currently up to page 28.
Also WONZer furyfb11's photos have fallen victim to the Photobucket curse. I've sent him a PM but his email address bounced back. I was especieally keen to get hi photo of ZK-CBD in its Air BP scheme at Wanaka in 1992. Does anyone else have photos of that? Going back through the thread it was the subject of a lot of discussion!
In 1981 the comapny Frontier Aerospace (US agents for the NZAI Fletcher) decided to develop both the Fletcher and the NZ designed Cresco into military aircraft.
The designs became the Pegasus I (military Fletcher) and the Pegasus II (military Cresco).
The company was aiming to sell the Pegasus I to South American air forces and apparently a demonstartor was sent to Panama in November 1981 to show off at the Latin America National Security Expo.
The Pegasus II buyer had the choice of either an Avco-Lycoming 600shp LTP-101 engine or a Pratt and Whitney 620shp PT6A-28 powerplant.
Both were being touted as being able to fill several military roles from cargo and personnel transport, patrol and reconnaissance, medevac, defoliation, paramedic operations and parachute platform. Also aerial mapping and surveillance, tactical ground support and light attack.
Did any air force actually buy any of these? I know loads of Crescos have been bought around the world for parachute schools, but I haven't heard of any in actual military roles.
Maybe we could use Crescos as a stepping stone back up to a Stike Wing? Or maybe Pegasus III is near, the PAC750XL?
Nearly 12 years on and the link shane shared no longer works, and the only archived version I can find is a "page unavailable" message. Fortunately I saved the drawings of the military Cresco, this is the Lycoming LTP-101 powered model. I'm unsure if it's the proposed Frontier Aerospace Pegasus II as Dave mentioned from the Wings article or a Hamilton-designed variant?
In 1980 there was an American guy that was a salesman for Aerospace and he was full of bright ideas. He mostly sold Grummans. They had Frontier Aerospace at Long Beach trying to sell stuff but it didn't come to much. At that time John Rika went over and flew one of the American registered FU-24's around California but Frontier never followed it up.
One thing about Air Parts and Aerospace, they always had their thinking caps on and they turned out sketches and drawings and over the years I remember seeing a lot of them.
The one I liked was a Fletcher with an R-985.
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Post by planewriting on Jul 13, 2020 9:32:16 GMT 12
Well that solves part of a mystery; I saw it over Brookield heading towards Bethlehem yesterday morning. A rare sight indeed over that way these days. Does anyone know where it was going? Cloud base was too low to cross the Kaimai Range.