Saturday 2 February 2013

Five Pawnee tugs.

Found these whilst rummaging in the old shoe box.
 Taken at Omarama on 02-01-2010 is the Canterbury Gliding Clubs Piper PA-25-235 ZK-CNG (c/n 25-3624) It has been towing since about August of 1974.
Below we have a photograph from the CMM collection showing ZK-CNG at the end of its ag flying days, still wearing the Aerial Sowing tag, and parked outside the old Canterbury Aero Club building at Christchurch in September of 1973 - awaiting conversion to tow plane configuration.

Below is Auckland Gliding Club Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee ZK-CEB (c/n 2421). Previously an ag machine with Rangitikei Air Services from 1964. It joined the Auckland Club in October of 1967. Pic taken at Drury 15-03-2009. Note the four blade prop. (ZK-CNG had one for a while as well).
Below is a view of that prop being worked on.
Below we have an Andy Heap shot showing ZK-CEB towing ZK-GAK, GXF and GNO on 30-04-2011.
 Above is "Super Grunt", the Taranaki Gliding Club's Pawnee 235 ZK-RWS (c/n 2161). This had a whole bunch of owners in the USA before arriving in NZ to be listed as RWS in memory of Bob W Struthers on 25-03-1996. Photo at Stratford on 20-03-2010.

 Above we have the Wellington Gliding Clubs ZK-TUG on final for Paraparaumu on 02-12-2007. TUG is c/n 25-2993. It previously worked in Malasia and Australia before joining the Wellington Club on 06-11-1995. It was withdrawn from use and cancelled on 20-06-2011.

ZK-BWP is a Pawnee 150 (c/n 25-275). Imported by Airwork and on line with Cookson Airspread in December of 1960. It joined the Wanganui Gliding Towing Trust in May of 1967. The above shot was taken at Feilding on 02-09-1979 whilst with the Wanganui Gliding Club.
Below is another fine shot from the CMM collection showing ZK-BWP ready for work.

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