Monday, 14 January 2013

Ag aircraft down South

I have just received some really nice shots of agricultural aircraft down in the South from Mike Dalgliesh.
Here are the first four.
Two views of Fletcher FU24 950M ZK-BOG (c/n 59).
Top shot shows it taking off from the Charlton airfield at Gore on 23-12-2012 and departing back to Te Anau after finishing a job near Gore. Pilot is Richard McBride for McKenzie Aviation.
Below. Another shot of ZK BOG at Charlton taken on the 23-12-2012.
ZK-BOG first flew on 02-10-1957.
The Phoenix Aviation Fletcher FU24-954 ZK-EMG (c/n 258) taken at Charlton Airport on 10-01-2013 whilst dropping Urea on a near by farm. Piloted by Brian Casey and based at Charlton.
This was the first of the -954's built and first flew on 15-12-1978. It has been based in this area all its working life. It was converted to M601D-11NZ Walter turbine status at Hamilton and first flew as such on 08-03-2000.
Below is another view of ZK EMG. Taking off with another load from Sheeps Head airstrip at Earnscleugh near Alexandra. Piloted on this day by Bill O'Connor but normally flown by Brian Casey. Taken on the 27th July 2012. 

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