Skywagondriver - your quote "In the '60s just about every aero club in NZ had one as the 'cross country' machine." made me wonder who else apart from The Auckland Aero Club, had a C180 (ZK-BUF-refer to Sharpies post 25th Nov) I can't think of any other club that had one. Did my own conversion to the C180 with Bruce Chapman in 1962 on BUF at Ardmore, somewhere around the time that Sharpie left to go to PNG.
This beauty I flew once brand spanking new out of the box in all white paint It never ended up dung dusting but someone destroyed it anyhow ZK CKU
The only club C185 I can think of was Peter Mattichs Flying school in Taupo Jack Bindon cross hiired Ray Veritys C180, but if you left it with so much as a seat belt not in the correct spot old Ray (150 kilo raging red headed nutter) would come knocking on yer door
Peter Matich (Black Pete of Taupo Flying School) initially leased C185C ZK-CGG (freighter) during 1967, but swapped it for C185D ZK-CHS by December 1967. CHS was with the company until late 1978. Did quite a few hours in CHS when I worked at the Napier Aero Club for Black Pete in 1971/2 Thanks for the update on BUS at Wellington, Skywagondriver!
Thanks for the update on BUS at Wellington, Skywagondriver!
Think they sold it on around 1964 but think it's still flying. Started my love affair with the 180/185 when my dad shouted me my second ever flight in BUS in 1960. The aero club used to park it over by the old domestic terminal [new then] and did 'joyrides' on Saturdays and Sundays.
I also bought the wreckage of the above at about the same time. Ser. No 271 after Air NZ Capt C.M. had mishap carrying a vat of live eels out of the Murchison River bed.It is now in northern Victoria. It was a very low time machine having been wrecked in New Caledonia early in its life.
Mallard in 63/64 was TGA later taken up by Queenair operated by TAA til 68 when it was taken over by RFDS. Aztecs were TGB & TGO & TGQ as I remember. TGB/C/D were later Queenairs. The TAA etc were DC3s, later taken up by DC4s. The TB-s were DC6s, with a couple of exceptions (TAD in 55) TJJ-TJU were DC9s. TJA -TJJ were B727s, and the TBs were B727-100s. The 182 has me buggered, and I only know of 1x185 SBU. TAA took over Qantas 6xDC3 and 4xOtter fleet in TPNG on Sept 1st 1960.
Cessna 182 as far as I know came with the purchase of Madang Air Services in 62. In June 67 it was sold to Richard Leahy who in 70 sold it to Warren Hansen. John Senior, Miles Barnes later owned it and Yorky & Doug exported it to Australia in more recent times. I don't think TAA ever used it? However they did have a C182D SBP which was sold to Masling's in 67.
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