Post by Peter Lewis on Mar 22, 2009 19:12:33 GMT 12
I have the idea that the WAW Fletchers were named after local rivers.
ZK-BHT "Waingawa" was white with red trim. Seen here at Masterton 1955/56
ZK-DZL was registered to Rangitiki Air Services Ltd., Taihape during its three year life. Rangitiki was part of the Harding family business group, so it is likely that this Fletcher could have been used by WAW during busy periods.
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
There was a three-ship for many years, initially Don Judd, MacKay George and Richmond Harding (as pictured in my avatar). As far as I know the last display was around 2006, team being Richmond, John, and Bruce Harding. I think new owners Ravensdown didn't see the team as a vital part of the company's operations, unfortunately.
Of course! How on earth did I miss that one?! Thanks PG! So that just leaves EGM...
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2009 6:08:06 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 23, 2009 9:16:49 GMT 12
When I have seen the team in the early 1990's they had four aircraft, three Fletchers doing formation work as you mention, and a fourth being a red Cresco soloist. Maybe they dropped the solo Cresco from the line up?
What a shame Ravensdown don't back the team, they were the only thing that sparked any interest for me in Fletchers and Crescoes till people started talking about them on this forum. I think the team was a great representative of the company, showing off the skill of the pilots and the abilities of the aircraft. To me, knowing little about ag aviation, that team made WAW stand out above all other ag operators.
Interesting, I'd not heard of that line-up! Luckily Don Judd's still working with us, so I may just ask him about that...and see if he has any photos!
Yeah, I'm quite disappointed too, but perhaps in "these tough economic times" it wouldn't be wise to start them up again! Plus, Richmond "Ditch" Harding, leader of the team, is no longer with the company, and I'm not sure who else would be qualified to fly in such a team. We can dream though
ANYWAYS, here's my name list:
BHC - Turakina BHE - Rangitikei BHJ - Ruamahanga BHM - Wanganui BHT - Waingawa BHZ - Tauwharenikau BIL - Rangitikei and Patea...? If someone could explain, I'd appreciate it BIT - Ongarue BOA - Hautapu CMK - Mangamuka CRF - Waitara CYN - Retaruke CZA - Makokomiko DJE - Makakaho DJD - Kakahi CMK 2 - Mangamahu III DZL - ? DZN - Makauiti EGK - Mangawhero EGM - ? EGY - Wanganui II EMC - Timuhanga EHX - Tapuiwahine CLI - Whakapapa
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Thanks a million Peter! Now, whats the pilot's name on EGM? Richard.....someone....will ask around at work.
I, too, would dearly love to see DZL.
I was told yesterday - after scrounging around looking for Fletcher bits - that at least one of our Fletchers was trialled in a yellow and blue scheme, similar to that worn by JetRanger HTM. Does anyone have images of this one? It was, according to one of the blokes, possibly EGK. A different take on WAW.
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:19:05 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Hi Zacyates, about 1978/79 there was an airshow at Wanganui, the opening show was 10 fletchers and 4 choppers, I have 3 photos of it but are only instamatic generated, does any one have better ones or was there at the time. The sound was incredible.
Could very well have been the Wanganui Aero Club's 50th birthday bash in 1979....I'll mention it to some of the blokes at work, thanks for the pics! The building at right in your first shot is the WAW engineering hangar, where I'm off to work in the AM! Interesting to see how things have changed...