Long-lived Pawnee and pilot
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