Eddie's asking the same question, and has also had the same thought I had - whatever it is, it sure as hell ain't heavy!
I once had a newspaper clipping from the early 60s which showed a 180 up Rotorua way (probably BVG) equipped with a similar thing to drop trout fingerlings into lakes. Have also seen devices like that used in Aussie in cloud-seeding experiments.
Post by Peter Lewis on Mar 20, 2017 13:41:54 GMT 12
The next Cessna 180 was registered ZK-BEZ to Rural Aviation on 31Mar1954 after being allocated N2317C at the factory. Kitted out for agwork, it operated in that role for Rural until August 1957 when it reverted to passenger-carrying configuration and was sold to the Hawkes Bay & East Coast AC at Hastings.
This was in an era where there were stringent importing restrictions on bringing machinery and equipment into New Zealand, with import licencing and currency restrictions imposed bt the Government and the Reserve Bank. There was a work-around at the time whereby you could import an agricultural machine without running foul of restricive import licencing provided you used that machine for productive agricultural work for a specified time. This is probably why ZK-BEZ went topdressing prior to aero club use.
At some stage while with HB&EC AC it carried the name City of Hastings.
Afet 10 years with the aero club it was passed on to other owners (including a period in the Chatham Islands), eventually being damaged at the Piopio strip on 25Feb2013 during forced-landing caused by fuel starvation. The last time I saw ZK-BEZ it was being rebuilt by John Geary of Martin Aviation Services at Ardmore. The registration is still current.
Cessna 180 ZK-BEZ in Rural Aviation livery at Paraparaumu 8May1954. Note that it is carrying Australian-style underwing pods, which we have discussed and deduced that were part of a seed-sowing exercise.