VH-EQC Fletcher FU-24
'Green Acres Air
Agriculture - Guyra' reads the legend on this Fletcher. Photo by
at Guyra, NSW.
Built as ZK-CYX, it was registered in Australia
in July 1969. The FU-24
underwent continued development over the years. The early
New Zealand production models were
285 hp and 300 hp models (as opposed to the original 225 hp).
In 1967 the original 27 cubic foot
hopper was replaced by a 37 cubic foot fibreglass hopper. This
resulted in the need for more power
and several projects by operators were commenced to install the 400 hp
Continental IO-720 engine.
Col Pay flew the first
400hp Fu-24/A4 in September 1969. VH-EQS was upgraded
to A4 status
in 1974. Rather
surprisingly (for an agricultural aircraft), VH-EQC is still registered
(to Neit Pty Ltd