VH-UKZ Amsco Parasol
The rare shots above and immediately below are
from the Kevin OReilly collection. The one at the
foot of the page is from a
very small photo I gleaned from somewhere in the dim distant past.
Amsco Parasol was a one-off (based on the Heath
parasol) constructed by Percy Pratt of Geelong.
His brother, Charles Pratt, was a New Zealander who
learned to fly during WW I in Egypt. When
demobbed, Charlie acquired 2 DH6s,
an Avro 504 and a Sopwith Pup and crated them up to be
delivered to Wellington. On the way
back he was delayed in Melbourne by a shipping strike, so he
had one of the
DH6s put ashore and quickly set up a joy-riding enterprise at Belmont
outside Geelong. Brother Percy
then joined him from New Zealand as his mechanic and, in the event,
Charlie, a Gallipoli survivor,
never did make it back to New Zealand (at least to stay).
brothers formed Geelong Air Service,
and in 1929 Percy designed the Amsco Parasol. (that's him
sitting on the wheel in the photo
below). Power was supplied by a 34 hp
ABC Scorpion. The
Amsco's C of A lapsed in July of 1931
(in fact, just a few days before I was born) and was never re-
newed. Charlie Pratt
went on the fly for the airlines in Australia, whilst Percy became a
cycle racer and dealer..