Post by kiwibeavers on Jan 23, 2010 16:28:10 GMT 12
CAW working in the hills behind Gisborne with Basil Martin 1983
CAW retired at Palmerston North January 1985 with 3 other Daks. This DC3 had it's last flight out of Gisborne 29th October 1984, flown by Basil Martin. It had flown 56,282 hours and was positioned at McDonalds Taupo in 1990
Post by kiwibeavers on Jan 23, 2010 17:04:27 GMT 12
CQA loading at Ardmore 1967
CQA loading at Gisborne 1973
CQA retired at Palmerston North 1976. Part of the fuselage behind the roof of this DC3 was used to repair AWP when the static loader at Gisborne had a hydraulic hose burst and a full hopper crashed on top of AWP, just behind Basil Martin's head!! Notes from Basil: The loading bucket through the roof of AWP occured Sat. morning Nov. 13th 1976 while about to take on second load of the day. Luckily for me , of coarse, it didn't let go one second earlier and also that the weight came down on a line between main U/C wheels, with resultant nil tendancy to tip her on her nose. Bucket came down to plywood flooring but not through it. Normal exit was completely blocked and the A/C was vacated via hatch O/H pilot's seat.
That's it for Ag Daks, what's next?
If you have any photos regarding Beavers and other topdressers in New Zealand, please dig them out and e-mail them to me. Thankyou.
Re ZKCGV great action pics , Roger Crowe talked about this accident a while back as he was then with with Fieldair in Napier. The aircraft is still where it sank in the Approach to Napier airport and still inverted pilot Ray Misson was a good swimmer .Ray at one time flew Fletchers for Air Contracts at Pahiatua, is he still flying ?? Roger is of course now retired and puts in hours of work with the HB Aviation group He also was a ag pilot with Auster Air Sercices flying from Timaru and has a few good stories to tell too
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, to all who have posted these wonderful pictures!
What a wonderful selection of images from the good old days of NZ ag aviation.
Just out of interest, how far did these AgDaks tend to operate away from base? I imagine there would have been a fair transit time between loading up and dropping the load on some of those North Island East Coast properties?
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2010 22:47:14 GMT 12 by corsair67