Post by planewriting on Sept 24, 2018 22:05:23 GMT 12
Can anyone confirm to me if Cessna 180 ZK-BGO is still airworthy? Peter Lewis posted about BGO on this thread in April 2017:
"SSAS used their Cessna 180s interchangeably between passenger carrying ops and aerial work, depending on the season. It was during a topdressing sortee that ZK-BGO crashed at Bell Hill, North Canterbury 11 Nov1965 while being flown by Dave Cowan. The damaged aircraft was then passed on to Peter Lacey at Nelson. Rebuilt by mid-1967, it then went on to a long life with a number of other private operators and is still current based near Auckland."
It is registered to Graeme Dugdale of Auckland. I suspect it would be Ardmore based and I have a vague recollection of it being at Tauranga Airport a while back. I am seeking this information to assist Richard Waugh with his latest aviation book concerning the 1967 accident of Dominie ZK-AKT, being flown by his father. Thanks in advance for guidance. A telephone number for Graeme would be helpful if known.
August 19, 1961: This sleek thoroughbred of the Cessna family, the six-seater 185 "Skywagon", has been bought and will be operated by Golden Coast Airways in the Nelson and Buller districts. Standing by plane, looking very proud, is pilot and managing director, Bill Evans.
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Post by davidnzl489 on Jul 9, 2019 16:37:23 GMT 12
I remember this well. My father was Bert Burrowes, who had returned to flying a few years after the war. After sometime at Social Security, he worked at the Freezing Works to get the necessary money to train to be a topdressing pilot. He initally flew Tiger Moths, and briefly a Beaver for Rural Aviation. When BDF was available, we moved to Feilding, where he became one of the first (if not the first) Cessna 180 topdressing pilots.
I can only surmise that his wartime experience as a Beaufight torpedo bomber with No 489 Torpedo Bomber Squadron, (where he was nearly shot down) helped him deal with this emergency. The severed tail fin remained in our garage for several years. Family legend has it that Dad threw a weighed note out to a farm house on the way to New PLymouth (Home fbase or Rural Aviation) to alert them to his predicament. (No radios in those days to alert the emergency crews!!) His logbook shows that he went back to work the following day.
Dad remained involved in aerial topdressing until his death in December 1985. A Cessna 180 flew past the church after the service.
BKG wore shoes (spats) identical to those worn in the above image when owned by Wellington Aero Club in the mid 1950s. I used to clean the aircraft after school and it was a breeze to clean compared to cleaning the club's Tigers which were always spattered with oil.