I wasn't aware that this had any WAW involvement, its history is logged as Airwork (NZ) Ltd., Christchurch/Otago Air Services Ltd., Oamaru/Airwork (NZ) Ltd. before it crashed into hill Hawarden 2Apr73.
Hi Peter, I was lent a DVD transfer of some old Harding family films and this machine featured at one point. What the connection was I don't know.
(and I'll show my age here....) BYU was I think the first 235 in NZ and it was definitely the demonstrator. Airwork sent it far and wide - I saw it at Dannevirke 28/10/62. It could well have been with WAW in that capacity on the same tour.
BWP is one of the "Baby" 150hp (on a good day) Pawnees. It spent some time in a shed at Ohaupo with a collector before being reactivated. It is set up as a glider tug, and there is a setaing area where the hopper once was. It is at Central Aero after being damaged by a wind gust at Taupo.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Pawnee's are a lucky breed, once they finish earning an honest living they get rebuilt, loved and re-employed lifting engineless clubmates around on sunny days. Here are some shots I took of Pawnees earlier this year and the other week.
BWS undergoing servicing by Craig Iddles at Spannair in Rotorua earlier this year
So somebody sat where the hopper was? Why didn't they just have an open cockpit with another small windscreen? Tsssss rooly ugly with that hump.
For many years the Auckland Gliding Club Pawnee ZK-CEB, now in its 53rd year of club ownership, had a jump seat where the hopper had been in its topdressing days. I once flew in that seat from Ardmore to Drury. That was in the early days of (Cossey's) farm when the club operated from both locations but had to return all gliders to Ardmore on Sunday evenings as there wasn't a hangar. On this occasion I had ferried a glider back to Ardmore; CEB landed; the tow-rope was wound up; I climbed into the jump seat and returned to Drury to collect my car.