Taken at Waihi Beach Airfield, 11 April, 1996
While on holiday in the small, but friendly town of Waihi Beach, I took the opportunity to catch up with this aircraft again. I have previously seen this aircraft in the air, during its short service with Hercules Airways, when it was displayed at the RNZAF Golden Anniversary airshow at Whenuapai in 1987. Its role is somewhat different now, and in the hands of Mr John Black it provides interesting surroundings for a very nice meal.
This image shows the starboard side - the steps are a fire-exit. The side cargo door serves as the main entrance, and a covered area of tables is provided beneath the port wing. (Quite nifty really). Inside the aircraft 38 people can be seated - there is a bar in the nose.
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