When I was a lad I served me a term
As office boy to a construction firm
I cleaned the trucks and made the tea
and we dug those holes so carfullee
then we filled them up with steel and cement
So now I am the moderator of this blogs comment.
(Loosely based on G and S)
We were based at Kurow in a newly constructed lines camp just to the east of "town" (now a trucking yard) and had been tasked with building the transmission line from Benmore to the Aramoana smelter.
So here are a few pics from the first couple of towers that we erected above the Benmore dam.
The work horse (apart from myself) was the Helicopters (NZ) Ltd's Aerospatiale SA315B Lama ZK-HNQ c/n 2473.
This was at a later date at another site and using a different machine (SA-315B Lama ZK-HDX c/n 2226) with the driver hanging out the other side.
Below is ZK-HNQ as spied at Nelson on 25-01-1989.
It later damaged its tail end at Quartz Hill on 14-04-1990.
It was cancelled as sold abroad on 02-08-1998 and became PK-TSA with Indonesian Air Transport of Jakarta in April of 1997. There is a rumour that it later went to the Argentine Air Force but I can find no positive proof.
The lama on pic 9 & 10 is ZK-HDX sn2226, the very first lama imported in NZ. The batterie-box on the nose and the different (only in details ;-)) skid-gear show that it is one of the first lamas ever produced. Acutally flies in France as F-GFCM. Pictures??ReplyDelete
Thank you Anonymous for that ID.ReplyDelete
I will blog a couple of pics of ZK-HDX after a visit to the archive later today.