Over in the UK and have just been to 'Dickie' Bird's funeral who was the designer. His son-in-law is a good friend but broke with tradition and owns a Super Cub :-) Three Austers from Eggesford flew over the crematorium in formation and mention was made in the eulogy of the Agricola's attempt to break into the NZ market.
Post by Peter Lewis on Apr 4, 2011 22:19:28 GMT 12
Six more Agricola photos added to the above history: ZK-BMI in the UK as G-25-3 on the ground and as ZK-BMI in the air ZK-BMJ in the Martinborough hangar ZK-BMK new at Woodbourne ZK-BMN at Masterton, FredMyers logo ZK-BXO on strip
I live in hope that one day Santa will drop a photo of ZK-BMM in my Christmas stocking!
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
Hi Peter, noticed Barry Cook amongst the agricola pilots. Barry was my dads pal; who suffered serious burns and lost digits in the accident north of masterton. Barry was Maori and i have always wondered if he was in the services. Both were Masterton taxi drivers, and definitely had their moments making me cry in the back o a mark seven Jag sliding in the gravel all the way home from glenburn after dropping shepherds off....they took me to open the gates!
Yes good question Thomarse think probably not. can remember him in his cab in Masterton late 60s maybe early 70s . Kiwitone I think we may have crossed paths around Hood Spent most of my weekends there too . Any one remember Jack Wenden? also a taxi driver in MS flew Avengers on the ag trials
I do remember Jack Wendon; He drove by the book in his taxi. Dad said he was involved with topdressing trials., his boys were all aeromodlers but Think they moved from first street in the eighties. Barry must have died in the Seventies I reckon;he had a son (cliff) also know as Barry and lil his wife was so good to me and my sister.I will find out. Guess it was a while back really but I left Masterton for my OE in1981 and only lived there with Mum for 18 months after my Dad died in 89 Alan was it you or your family that came to see me after Mum died in 2001, when I first took the house on.?....pretty sure the surname was Wooler and that your Dad had had sheep out the back o mums, I now have had two lots of interferon and and it definitely plays havoc with my memory.
I'm amazed by that red and white scheme on BMJ. I knew her from the mid-50s and would have seen her hundreds of times but certainly never in those colours; only ever green and white with variations. It must have been during her brief stint with Air Contracts.
Her presence at PP is probably associated with something being done to her at Aircraft Engineering (Mac McGregor) who had a strong link to Agricolae (?) through his connections with Airlift. There were quite a few Agricola bits and pieces in the pile behind his hangar in the early 60s.