Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 6, 2012 10:18:45 GMT 12
EDIT: Lynnette James, daughter of Ossie James, kindly gave me a disk of photos that were taken by Andy Higgins over the years of all sorts of things that happened at Ossie James's company James Aviation. Andy was a keen photographer himself and it seems he completely recognised the need to record history which is fantastic.
I was under the mistaken impression when i first got the disc that Ossie James himself had taken the photos, but I learned recently that they were all the work of Andy, who I met and interviewed recently. He, like Lynnette, was more than happy for the photos to be shared here. So hopefully the James Aviation fans will enjoy this thread. I reckon the photos are really awesome!
Here is the first few. If you can add any details such as people's names, aircraft details, locations, etc, please feel free too.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 6, 2012 10:28:59 GMT 12
I cannot work out exactly what this is - I know Bruce told me what it is but I have forgotten and I cannot place the rego, as ZK-BLV was a Tiger Moth. Anyone? It's obviously part of Ossie's tourism arm that was based at Rotorua, where they also had a Waco biplane.
Post by Peter Lewis on Nov 6, 2012 19:29:11 GMT 12
The Beaver ZK-AVL was with James from the end of 1951 until sold to Aerial Farming (Holdings) Ltd. at the beginning of 1959. It crashed at Taeroa, Taihape, 21Dec59, pilot George Shirtcliffe.
ZK-BDV was NZ's only Stinson SR-10 Reliant, the other three ar Stinson 108s. It came from the UK directly to James Aviation in 1953, and was destroyed by fire on the tarmac at Rotorua 16Sep57 while under overhaul.
Interesting to see in those photos that ZK-AZL still had the navigational astrodome fitted at that time.
I think that Beaver ZK-BFO was not used for topdressing work. It was employed on the Rotorua/Kawerau/Mangere air service and later on fishdrop trials. Damaged at Rotoiti on 26-04-1957, it went to Airwork at Christchurch who rebuilt it as a sprayer before selling it to Air Contracts in 1964. It eventually went back to Canada in 1970 to become CF-AXD and crashed at Nelson River, Manitoba 10Jun72.
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