Pictured below, at Timaru, Bell Jetranger III, ZK-HSL, sporting a custom paint scheme. Ths would be around 1984-85. The machine belonged to Sid Lane of Lanes Apparel, hence the personal registration. It was fitted out with plush interior, and had a host of optional extras.
I remember he had a longranger, painted up as well, any photos of that about.
The Bell 206L-1 LongRanger was ZK-HTL, seen here at Ardmore 18Jul1982
The gold/silver graphics do not show up well on a black fuselage in a black-and -white photograph! An enlargement of part of the fuelage section from the same photo shows that they are there:
Sid Lane has had quite a varity of aircraft since 1970- Bensen B.8M Gyrocopter ZK-HCZ (later ZK-RAG) from late 1970 until sold in 1976 Eipper Quicksilver MX ZK-FIS from 1986 until sold abroad in 1993 Hughes 369D 500D ZK-HLE during 1979 Bell 206B JetRanger III ZK-HSL 1981-82, sold and re-acquired in 1983, sold to WAW early 1984 Bell 206L-1 LongRanger ZK-HTL 1982-83, sold and re-acquired 1984, sold abroad 1985 Bell 206B JetRanger II ZK-HUS 1984, sold 1985 Bell 206B JetRanger II ZK-HVD 1984, sold 1984 Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil ZK-HVX 1986, sold 1988 Ken Brock KB2 Gyrocopter ZK-RAS 1984 until cancelled 1996 Rotor Flight Dominator Gyrocopter ZK-RCL 1999 until cancelled 2002 AutoGyro Europe MT03 Eagle ZK-RSL 2008 current, the 'round NZ' aircraft Cessna 421B Golden Eagle registerd as ZK-FID 1984 but reallocated ZK-SLC, sold 1985
Zombie thread, but for a good reason: "Star Wars" lives! The Force is indeed strong with this JetRanger as the fuselage still exists (link). My earlier report of its demise was, pleasantly, exaggerated.
Dad used to crew ZK-HTM and pilot Charlie Anderson would take him and my Mum along to events like airshows where WAW would sell rides with it. She recalls both HTM and HSL were doing joyrides at an airshow - possibly the RNZAF 50th at Ohakea? - Charlie was rather disappointed everyone wanted to fly in "the Star Wars helicopter" instead of his one. "They look the same inside," is I think what he said...with a bit of a grumble!
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The spacecraft on the left hand side with twin engine pods is definitely based on Bob Layzell's 'Avery-Frost Orion' Terran Cruiser for Stewart Cowley’s 'Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD - A Terran Trade Authority Handbook' which came out in 1978.
The Avery-Frost Orion was originally built as racer then, due to it's success, the design went into series production as a private cruiser for up to 6 passengers.
If you want to go full geek (like me) see page 66/67 of this pdf version of the book for the full details of this ship. (I wish I still had that book....)