Long-lived Pawnee and pi­lot

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I’m a reg­u­lar reader of Pi­lot and thought you might be in­ter­ested to know that I flew Piper Pawnee PA-25 G-AVXA on aerial spray­ing op­er­a­tions from 1980-1983 but went through a hedge on take­off on 19 June 1983 in Shrop­shire and did se­ri­ous dam­age, which I think en­gi­neer Henry Labouchere of Langham air­field fixed. I was quite sur­prised to find that ’XA is still fly­ing with the South Wales Glid­ing club and I in­tend vis­it­ing her on 25 Au­gust nearly forty years later for a re­union. I took some cine film of ’XA in 1981 which is quite un­usual as I shot film of my view of a land­ing at Men­delsham air­field in Suf­folk plus some of aerial spray­ing. The film fin­ishes with aerial spray­ing in Kenya at 10,000ft AMSL and liv­ing with the Mas­sai.

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=a6on­c1z1wqq&fb­cli D=IWAR3NVLH_XSWJAUUWTV­6Qgchb­wn7wi­jjvlvsqv­fy_ e6hxrhoy­i9epc­sixya

Film of my aerial fire fight­ing from around 1984 in South Aus­tralia can be found here https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=wf5o91kymm­s. I pi­o­neered aerial fire fight­ing in South Aus­tralia for four sea­sons in the 80s, fly­ing De Hav­il­land Beavers. It’s a multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness now! I also at­tended and took some rare pho­tos of oil rigs Piper Alpha and Ocean Odyssey disas­ters whilst fly­ing DC-3S & Cessna 402s for Air At­lan­tique from 1987-1989 be­fore fly­ing BAE 146s for six­teen years.

My fly­ing friend of forty years, Peter Law­ton and I wrote a book in 2017 A Tale of Two Ag Pi­lots which has other pho­tos and de­tails of our crop spray­ing days. John Hoyte by email

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