Been a while since I posted that - having a closer loook yeah, its not a Beaufort - I misread the crushed nose (looks like a Beaufort profile at first glance - but its not supposed to!). It isnt a Ventura as it has 9 Cylinder radials and it has a solid nose with a large door in the side - that would probably make it a C60.... is that better?
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Yes Dave the Marina is long gone but she did some sterling service bringing aircraft and parts back home. I remember one instance when I went to Hamilton on my own. and got a damaged P & W 1340 from a Snow commander from James Av. I had to get it on the trailer on my own and the dam thing kept wanting to go prop shaft down. I could not turn it over so left it and when I arrived back in Auckland the bumping had pushed the shaft right through the bottom of the trailer. Had to completely rebuild the floor of the trailer.
I was kindly loaned the fork hoist by James Av. but could not control the swing of the engine from behind the controls so it went every which way but the way i wanted. However new floor in the trailer looked great and more solid. Will give you some photos soon of different loads in different cars that were brought back over the years.
Don't know if it quite qualifies for this thread but here are some photos of aircraft parts recovery. My long suffering Toyota Corona 1600 brought this load back from Marlborough (including some bits from Peter Coleman. This would be, I think, early 1970s. Also 3 people inside, myself, Don Subritzky and Alan Rowell of CAF. You can see part of a Hind airframe on the roof rack with Hind wingspar underneath. A Hind axle and brake drums on the trailer as well as Harvard canopy and a Hind leading edge cooling tank. Also a boot full of misc. bits. The same Corona also pulled Don's Fletcher out of the bush at Raglan, in two trips. On one of the trips we got stuck and the farmer came down with his tractor and pulled both the car and trailer up to the road.
Later on we graduated to the most sophisticated form of transport and accomodation. The Nissan C20 Van shown here in the Lewis pass going to Nelson. On the roof rack is a Hind top centre section. We were able to sleep in this van but it meant that at night we had to unload all the gear and store it under the van. This van did wonderful service as on one trip we picked up a merlin supercharger in Christchurch then visited Phillip Burns in Ashburton and left with the remains of Proctor APH on the trailer and picked up other bits in Hawkes bay including a Hind prop. On the way to Taupo we got a flat tyre on the trailer and of course the spare was in the trailer under the Proctor. We finaly arrived back in Auckland intact but it was quite a trip. One of many, but thats another story.
Also a photo of ZK CMC when we arrived at Dairy Flat. Quite a bit of overhang.
I remember that Proctor! Thats Ron Fechney's farm ( the other owner of Mustang CCG!) A friend of mine knew him and we paid him a visit. Philip had his Devon parked there at the time. Ron showed us the barn/hangar where CCG used to sit and I recall imagining her sitting there. He was a little sad I feel as she sat there for some time without being flown until she got sold to a US buyer. He described having a school group visit and he tried to ground run her but due to flat batteries it was a non starter(ha ha). And nearby ws the Proctor which I thought was not much good for anything. My mistake!! Hey hope to see you at Omaka Shorty, I'm catching up with Anthony Galbraith too!(and anyone else from here!!!) Baz ;D
Post by FlyingKiwi on Nov 23, 2010 18:13:41 GMT 12
There's a PA-28 at Thames a bit like that too - doesn't ever move and doesn't look especially airworthy, but tied down on a parking space nonetheless! I guess sometimes it might be a case of the owner running out of money to continue flying but not wanting to part with the aircraft.