AERIAL AGRICULTURAL AIRCRAFT - 2
More of my photographs of Austrealian aerial ag aircraft
|Heavy metal of the 1970s
were the big Snow S2D Commander 600s, with 600hp P&W R-1340 Wasp radial
Here's Central Aerial Services' VH-AGT on the red soil of Emerald Qld in June 1975
|Snow S2D VH-SND at Ag-Av's
own ag strip near Emerald Qld in April 1978.
This model does not have a rear window for the loader-driver's seat behind the pilot
|Fletcher Fu24 VH-CYT of Air Culture, Perth
seen at Bunbury WA in January 1970
|Cropcair Aviation's Grumman
G164A Agcat VH-PUV at Mackay Qld in August 1974.
It was wrekced in a crash near Mackay three months later
|A slump in demand for
aerial agriculture in the late 1960s resulted in some ag Beavers being redeployed
on other work.
All orange Beaver VH-IDH seen at Kalgoorlie WA in October 1970 was fitted for mineral survey by McPhar Geophysics,
trailing a magnetometer "bird" from under the belly
Flash-back 6 years: VH-IDH at Moorabbin in May 1964 as a duster with Super Spread Aviation.
It was later used by Robbys Aerial Services at Parafield SA before being fitted for aerial survey
|The Piper PA-25 Pawnee
235 was one of the most popular agricultural aircraft types in Australia
during the 1960s-1970s.
VH-BJF of John Forrest Pty Ltd was at home base Carnamah WA in June 1970. White with red trim
|Farmair Pty Ltd, Perth
based its two Pawnee 235s VH-FBJ & FBN on a farm at Pithara WA, where
they were photographed in June 1970
|VH-FBN at Kununurra WA
in the far north of WA in January 1979, now fitted with the curved-down
|The earlier Pawnee 150
model had a shorter nose. VH-DAU of Doggett Aviation, Perth seen at Northam
WA in May 1970
|This pair of former Bob
Couper Co Pawnee 150s VH-BTY & VH-MEQ were at Muckinbudin WA in April
Both were 1960 models, painted orange and white
|Bob Couper Co based at
Cunderdin WA was one of the earliest aerial ag operators in WA in the early
Pawnee 235 VH-BCK was at Bunbury WA in January 1970. White and blue
|In March 1976 VH-BCK
headed this line-up of Lloyd Aviation Pawnees which flew a formation display
at an airshow at Parafield SA.
It has been fitted with the curved-down wingtip mod to improve performance
|The same Pawnee back
in WA again in June 1977, at Wagin WA owned by Wagin Aero Spray
Ian Dunn of Dunn's Aviation, Ballidu WA imported these three used Pawnee 235s from New Zealand in 1975.
They are seen at Jandakot Airport, Perth in April 1975 immediately after uncrating and assembly.
ZK-CEN, ZK-CNA, ZK-CID became VH-CPV, -CPU & -CPT respectively
VH-CPV (ex ZK-CEN) was in service as a sprayer with Dunn's Aviation at Ballidu WA in August 1975
|A drop-in at Ingham Qld
to visit Ted Blanch was always enjoyable. Ted's hospitality to travelling
aircraft enthusiasts extended to
calling impromptu tea breaks to chat with his pilots and engineers. Blanch Air Services dusts and sprays sugar cane crops in the district.
Late model Pawnee 235D VH-CCS at Ingham April 1978.
Commercial Cane Sugar is the industry measure of sugar recoverable from the cane
|Blanch's Pawnee 235 VH-IGM
had as its registration the aeronautical abbreviation for Ingham (IGM).
Seen there in April 1978
View from our car window ten miles down the road after visiting Ted Blanch. A Far North Queensland farewell.
One of his friendly pilots spotted us on the highway and diverted from sugar cane dusting to dust us as well!