I've flown in 3 of those aircraft! Bandit TZL of course was one of "my" old CityJet machines. The Cessna 310 DLP was Authur Revilles, I sat in the back as self loading ballast when he was doing his type rating all up weight test. The litle red Tomahawk EVB used to be at Ardmore Flying school. I scrounged a ride in it back from Parakai (where I had been helping fix a C206) back to Ardmore. thats 25% of the machines shown - is it something I did???
Post by denysjones on Jan 24, 2008 18:44:26 GMT 12
The tail, rotor blades, and rotor transmission of the Wessex have all been removed and are safely under internal cover. The tail was physically in danger of falling off at the bottle store and the others were removed in the transport process.
The windows had all also been trashed at the bottle store and some had been covered in and we've enclosed the rest to preclude little intruders. We had wrapped the airframe in protective covers until persons unknown burned through the securing ropes with cigarette lights and stole the covers.
Do these sorts of actions constitute unloved, abandoned and derelict? Equally I'd invite you to talk to our guys who cleaned out the inside of the ravages of the street kids who had lived in her. Unloved, abandoned and derelict perhaps once ....but always feel free to send a financial contribution to aid the work.
Likewise the Fairchild (it's not a Fokker Friendly that one) is the property of the airfield crash rescue and is used for training purposes. Not the end you might like for it but I'm sure people would howl more if they used an NZ aircraft.
Good photos of a not so nice sight. I got bored last night in Nelson so at about 10PM went for a walk around and had a look at the J31 Jetstreams. They're in a bad way, some of the skins are even soft now. They have a sort of "what did i do wrong" look about them. Their J32 cousins are happily still serving with Air National.
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I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.
Post by FlyingKiwi on Jan 25, 2008 16:22:16 GMT 12
I assume it's used for fire training yes - I got a quick snap of it in the morning at the last Whenuapai open day before the crowds arrived. Does look rather sorry for itself, and I agree a coat of paint wouldn't go amiss.
I had a bit of a look round those Jetstreams in Nelson, those photos were taken in November 2007. ZK-JSA is in the worst shape, missing engines, control surfaces, and the cockpit has been gutted. -JSH still has engines, but also an empty cockpit, and most of the control surfaces have been removed. (elevator, ailerons and flaps, although the rudder is still in place) -JSI looks to be in the best condition of the three - still has engines, control surfaces and possibly at least partial avionics as well, but I suspect it will go the way of the other two before too long. Pity to see them that way, but at least most of the Origin fleet went to happier places.
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