Fletcher Fu24 c/n 7 was created as a Mk11 and initially registered to the Fletcher Aviation Corp of Rosewood, California as N6506C. Its first flight being 08-02-1955. I believe it was used as an engine test bed airframe for various upgrades. About the time it came to NZ it had a geared Continental GIO-470A engine of 310hp fitted which according to my notes "blew up" on 01-07-1967.
The above photograph, in the James Aviation scheme, comes from the CMM collection but I believe was taken by Tim Frederickson.
Below we see it at Hamilton on 05-02-1969; just three days before -
No doubt it has had several other scrapes during its career.
Below we have it taxiing around at Tauranga on 27-09-1972
To add to the confusion it is seen below at James Aviation's Hamilton base in November of 1977, marked in Farmers Aerial Top Dressing script and with large CQB letters on the fuselage.
I suspect it did more than one stint with Farmers down south.
On 06-11-1978 it was re-classified as a FU24-950M and was re-listed to James Aviation on 25-11-1982.
In November of 1984 an ownership change to P J Harrex Ltd of Milton took place.
Ten years later it transferred from Peter to Willow Air (NZ) Ltd - still of Milton.
It returned to Hamilton to join Super Air Ltd on 18-03-2002.
Pic below, taken by Peter Lewis, shows her at Hamilton on 20-04-2008 - still in Willow Air colours but with Super Air on its fin.
Below is CQB at rest at Hamilton on 23-02-2009.
Kerikeri based Super Air Fletcher FU24-950M ZK-CQB (c/n 7) was taking advantage of a break in the moist weather to work the Urea heap out of Dargaville on 17-08-2012.
These two lower pics from Jean210
And, despite her rego, she's the oldest (or at least lowest serial)still flying?ReplyDelete
Is Cresco DUJ still at Kerikeri with Lester Mason, or is CQB an additional mount for him?ReplyDelete
Oops, that should have been Walter powered Fletcher DUJReplyDelete
do you have any photos of ZK BYC ?ReplyDelete
The Walter-powered DUJ went south a few months ago; Lester is now flying CQBReplyDelete
Super write up and pictorial history, thank you Blue BusReplyDelete
These Fletcher thumbnails are excellent. More please.ReplyDelete
Wondering if this has an eight-pot engine now? What a veteran, nearly as old as I! ;)ReplyDelete