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Old 22nd Aug 2017, 22:28
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Fison Airwork 1959

I worked for Fison Airwork in Puerto Armuelles Panama, Palmar Sur Costa Rica and Piedras Blancas, and Valverde Mao and Walterio Dominicana. If anyone else worked there let's hear from you?
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I worked for Fison Airwork in Puerto Armuelles Panama, Palmar Sur Costa Rica and Piedras Blancas, and Valverde Mao and Walterio Dominicana. If anyone else worked there let's hear from you?
you will probably remember my father Don Strange?
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I worked with your Dad on Das Island in 1967-68, a mutual love hate relationship!
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So are you who Don called the bean in Puerto Armuelles?
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I worked with your Dad on Das Island in 1967-68, a mutual love hate relationship!
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I know you did lol
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you will probably remember my father Don Strange?
Yes I knew Don Strange very well having worked with him in Puerto Armuelles and he was certainly a great person to have known, I don't remember your mother's name and Don referred to you and we all knew you as the bean!
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Dear all,

I would so appreciate some help from anyone on this thread!
My late dad worked for Fison Airwork as an engineer and spent some time working on Hillers out in Costa Rica (and I suspect other far away locations - banana spraying?). I have many slightly faded photos of his time there but can't identify where they were taken or any of the people in them.

If anyone new Vic King from this time I would love to hear from you....

Thanks
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I wonder if Curly Truslove is still about he might have some answers as I know he worked on the early Hillers. He was still working for Bond at Bourn when I was there ( AG manager).
Another of the old engineers saw him a few years back in the Cambridge area.
Can't be many left from that period now.
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Originally Posted by Subaru View Post
I worked for Fison Airwork in Puerto Armuelles Panama, Palmar Sur Costa Rica and Piedras Blancas, and Valverde Mao and Walterio Dominicana. If anyone else worked there let's hear from you?
Is the Hiller in the photo G-AMDO ? Do you have any more photos of the helis operated there ?

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Hi Helipixman,

Try half way down page 58 in the Bristow photos thread. Hillers and bananas. I think a lot of my info for that post came from pilot John Odlin.

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Originally Posted by ericferret View Post
I wonder if Curly Truslove is still about he might have some answers as I know he worked on the early Hillers. He was still working for Bond at Bourn when I was there ( AG manager).
Another of the old engineers saw him a few years back in the Cambridge area.
Can't be many left from that period now.
Thanks for the reply. I remember Curly was a very close colleague of my dads and they continued to work together on the Hillers when they moved on from Fison Airwork to work with Dave Bond at Management Aviation. Vic was Chief Engineer there and eventually became the Technical Director. I'll dig out a couple of dads photos in Costa Rica and hopefully I can post them here in hopes of stimulating more interest and some leads.
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Curly had some really interesting old photos of spraying in the middle east, open cockpit Hiller 12's with the overhead collective.

I remember that your father died not long after retirement, we were all sorry to hear about it.


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Thank you, yes very sad, got his engraved decanter and a month later gone April 88
A long time has now passed and because his generation are getting on I need to try to find people who can help piece together some of his pre Management Aviation days.
You were at MA back then? what sort of work were you involved with? Did they ever clear Vic's famous shed full of broken Hillers, He was never one to throw anything away bless him!
Perhaps send me a personal message if it is more appropriate.
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Originally Posted by Dave Ed View Post
Hi Helipixman,

Try half way down page 58 in the Bristow photos thread. Hillers and bananas. I think a lot of my info for that post came from pilot John Odlin.

Bristow Photos

Cheers,
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Many thanks, interesting photos
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Thank you, yes very sad, got his engraved decanter and a month later gone April 88
A long time has now passed and because his generation are getting on I need to try to find people who can help piece together some of his pre Management Aviation days.
You were at MA back then? what sort of work were you involved with? Did they ever clear Vic's famous shed full of broken Hillers, He was never one to throw anything away bless him!
Perhaps send me a personal message if it is more appropriate.
Cheers
Richard
The black shed!!!!



Friend of mine found Vic cursing in the black shed.
Some buggers knicked it, I cant find it.
What are you looking for Vic?
Some adhesive.
Ok I will give you a hand.
After half an hour.
When did you put it in here Vic?
About two years ago!!!.
???????

The black shed was cleared when the last two Hillers were sold off to John Holborn Helicopters 1986.
Prior to that they had employed somebody with a strimmer to clear years of undergrowth around the shed.
What do you want me to do with those two big boxes?
What boxes?
Two brand knew Hiller canopies that had disappeared into the jungle.

It was at about this time that somebody was tasked with collecting and burning all the redundant packing cases.
Bloody good fire, when the smoke had cleared the remains of two Allison starter generators were found in the ashes burnt to a crisp!!!!

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Ha ha yes, that's dad alright!!
Thank you for sharing those memories. Those old packing cases turned up everywhere, we even had one in the garden converted into a shed!
Do please keep an ear open for anyone else that remembers dad and put them in touch. I'll send you my email address via a PM.
Cheers
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