Whats the wing with the US Star and Bar? Spare C47 wing? Lodestar? Its also visible when you see the fuselage of the Fletcher inside the hangar. Actually don't think its a C47 wing as they don't have cutouts for the flaps.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
Great pictures. Really like the ones of BDS being put together. I wonder what the lever on the control grip is for? Would it be for braking - not sure if there were toe brakes on rudder pedals on early models?
This is absolutely wonderful; to have these becoming available. As an ex-JAL employee I can state that most of these were not in the company-based archives when I was there. Ossie must have had them safely at home. Readers should note that in almost all of the unpacking, assembling and official opening and taxying, we are looking at the REAR end of the JAL hangar, not the front facing Airport Road.
What some people don't know is that they don't know enough to know that they don't know anything
The real BDS is unfortunately stored at Super Air after an accident circa 2003 Dave.
The 'BDS' in Classic Flyers is the old Mid-Northern Aerial Work 300 and was retrieved from Maungatoroto and restored for static display by Super Air. The rego escapes me at the moment but I think it was the first CRY rego fletcher.
Deane, the extra lever is a mystery but I imagine it wasn't electric auto trim
Reply 9 shows cab & chassis of Thorneycroft before DC3 loader was built. It will be the same vehicle shown in reply 16 unloading BDS. The original was one of many Coles cranes based on military airfields. I know they were used at Ardmore to right overturned Corsairs. This vehicle had the chassis lengthened to for its topdressing role. The top of the jib was 32 feet above the ground.
Post by The Red Baron on Nov 8, 2012 17:10:14 GMT 12
I wonder why air dropping baby fish was considered a better option than placing them into the lakes from trucks? All the hydro lakes have easy road access.
The little trout were flown from Rotorua where the trout hatchery was.Speed was quicker by air,and most of the trout survived the drop.They were flown from Rotorua to the South Island and up to the Far North. Beaver BFO was used only briefly on the Auck/Tokoroa/Kawerau run,it was a flop and canned shortly after it was started.A hopper was inserted for topdressing.