Post by The Red Baron on Jun 13, 2020 20:56:49 GMT 12
Stan Blackmores tourist sightseeing operation at the old Rotorua aerodrome in Fenton St.It was bought out by James Aviation early 1950's.James ran it as a seperate operation to the topdressing division.However often the topdressing pilots flew the tourist flights.James sold the sightseeing operation in the late 1960's I think it was.
I'd be keen to know if there were any photos of WACO UOC ZK-AEL in the collection? AEL was bought by Stan Blackmore from the Marlborough Aero Club in 1948 after a landing incident at Omaka saw it written off. She was ultimately absorbed into the James Aviation fleet and ended her days at Rotarua in 1958 after being flipped on her back by a new pilot...
Waco ZK-ALA did not end her days after being flipped on her back but was sold to Giltrap's Museum Queensland. It was later sold to a chap in Sydney whose name escapes me at the moment and was stored at Camden airfield for many years. It is now back in New Zealand and under restoration at Omaka.
Okay so Stanley James Blackmore is my great grandfather. My grandfather Sir Robert james scott (Bob) married stans daughter (Ann). I am yet to go though boxes of photos and many log books from both of them.
Was wondering if anyone had some photos of things of interest i should be looking out for? That may be worth posting here?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 15, 2020 21:46:54 GMT 12
There seem to have been a few pilots named Bob Scott, I have heard of one that flew Hudsons, and I thin one who flew Catalinas that was not the same man I don't think, and one who I think flew topdressers.... can you give a precis of your grandfather's service and career please?
Hi Nutjob, I recall that Waco ALA when stored at Camden was owned by Nick ? who operated an aircraft servicing business on Kingsford Smith airport during the 1990s and was co-pilot of DC-3 VH-EDC which crashed in Botany Bay in 1994 after engine failure. He also had a Boeing Stearman. In the mid 1950s in the Council hangar on Rongotai airfield was a stack of aircraft mainplanes, mainly Tiger Moth, however one wing shorter than the other and painted either in red primer dope or brown stood out and I was told it was from a Waco, I later came to believe this was off AEL.
Thats right. Was also a test pilot for some of the first fletchers at Hamilton. My father cannot recall him flying catalinas sorry. He did also fly 4fu4 in canada and the mosquito here. Trained in fletchers for over 26 years i believe.
The PT-6 Fletcher was, of course, the F.1060 ZK-CTZ - now at MoTAT. Its initial flight was in 1967. Hiller ZK-HAB was operated by James Jan1955 - May 1956 before going on to Helicopter Services Ltd., a joint co formed by James & others. Tiger Moth ZK-APW crashed at Te Anga 11Dec51. Pilot Leslie D Brookes. Of course the photos may not have been of this incident, but as its life with James was just two years it would seem likely.
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
Post by The Red Baron on Jan 24, 2021 17:51:02 GMT 12
Taken 6 years but I was finally able to verify the pilot on the right talking to Frank Jarvis is Bruce Oliver,former RAF Spitfire pilot in Europe & Malta,and postwar Catalinas & DC-3's with the RNZAF.Joined James Aviation in 1955 and later flew with Adastra and sadly died in an accident 1959.