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Is the Seamew the Airtruk's grandma?


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Oh dear.........(

The Airtruck had a tiny dicky seat at the rear of the fuselage, for transporting loader drivers and other unfortunates; and from which, on turbulent days, the long-suffering loader drivers had a clear view of the twin tail booms, as they wobbled about independent of the aircraft and each other....

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There is also a story about a loader driver who got his own back by clambering somehow into the hopper midflight, and hiding there after landing. But, of course, nobody would be so silly as to do that nowadays.........)

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I'd like to know what happened to the rest of those Harvard parts. What a waste!

 

Anyway, this turned out to be a more successful ZK workhorse:

 

 

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It's a CONFUSING world.

 

Thank goodness for Doctor Wiki:

 

"It was developed from the Bennett Airtruck designed in New Zealand by Luigi Pellarini. It has a 1 tonne capacity hopper and is able to ferry two passengers as a topdresser. Other versions can be used as cargo, ambulance or aerial survey aircraft, and carry one passenger in the top deck and four in the lower deck.

The Airtruk is also sometimes known as the Airtruck. Because the name "Airtruck" was registered by the New Zealand companies Bennett Aviation Ltd and Waitomo Aircraft Ltd, for their PL-11, Transavia found another name for their PL-12 ("Airtruk")."

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Anyway, we do know that the Miles Aerovan was something of a grandma to the Short Skyvan.

 

(This is a 7 minute silent film from 1945)

 

 

 

 

Not to forget this distant French cousin:

 

 

From Wiki:

 

"In 1958, Short was approached by F.G. Miles Ltd (successor company to Miles Aircraft) which was seeking backing to produce a development of the H.D.M.106 Caravan design with a high aspect ratio wing similar to that of the Hurel-Dubois HD.31. Short acquired the design and data gathered from trials of the Miles Aerovan based H.D.M.105 prototype. After evaluating the Miles proposal, Short rejected the Caravan.[2] They developed their own design for a utility all-metal aircraft which was called the Short SC.7 Skyvan. The Skyvan is a twin-engined all-metal, high-wing monoplane, with a braced, high aspect ratio wing, and an unpressurised, square-section fuselage with twin fins and rudders.[3] It was popular with freight operators compared to other small aircraft because of its large rear door for loading and unloading freight. Its fuselage resembles the shape of a railroad boxcar for simplicity and efficiency."

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24 minutes ago, Student Pilot said:

The one I flew was the one used in the flying shots of Mad Max. It was based in Tumut a couple of years ago.

Oh, yeah ... the "Not enough runway!" scene. 

(I'm pretty sure that's John Howard saluting Max at 3:07)

 

 

 

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