Episode 65 – Betsy and Charlie

Guests: Geoff Cooper, Jessica Cooper and Noel Kruse

Host: Dave Homewood

Duration: 57 minutes, 14 seconds

Recorded: 11th of May 2014

Topic:In this episode Dave Homewood talks with the operators of two classic aircraft that grace New Zealand’s skies.

In the first interview we hear from Geoff Cooper and Jessica Cooper about what it takes to keep the venerable Ardmore-based Douglas Dakota ZK-DAK “Betsy” flying these days, and how there’s a huge need for more people to get involved, either helping out on the crew or buying rides and charter flights. We need to support this superb venture and keep the Dakota flying, we’ve had two grounded already in the past year and ZK-DAK is a pretty unique part of New Zealand’s heritage scene.

And in the last half of the show we get an update from Noel Kruse on his classic 1930’s military trainer, the Ryan STM-2 known as “Charlie”.

By the way the small music clip comes from Danosongs and is called Magic Ghost

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