Pegasus

For discussion of Dinky Toy aircraft from the first mid 1930s to the end of the company in 1979. Major pre war specialist, John Beugels is the moderator.

Moderator: johnbeugels

Pegasus

Postby norri » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:32 am

Lockheed Constellation C-121, 131644. No super shine, no joins and no TWA!
Image
Built new for the US Navy in 1953 as an early warning platform, it was transferred to VX-6 in 1964 and used in ‘Operation Deep Freeze’ the USARP program in Antarctica.
Image
Image
The distances involved operating down to the Pole and the harsh conditions once there, made it a dangerous business.
Image
Image
On the 8th October 1970, with 80 passengers and crew aboard, Pegasus left Christchurch NZ, for the two and a half thousand mile trip down to the ice.
Image
Image
But once beyond the ‘point of no return,’ the weather at McMurdo began to deteriorate steadily. By the time Pegasus arrived, visibility was down to zero and 40mph winds were blowing straight across the ice runway.
Image
Image
With no where else to go, the crew carried out 6 instrument approaches, in the whiteout conditions, without success. Due to their fuel state, a landing off the 7th approach had become a certainty, regardless of outcome.
Image
It didn’t go well. After touchdown, the right wheel hit a snow drift, which ripped the wing off at the root.
Image
5 aboard were injured, but all 80 survived. However, Pegasus was finished
Image
Image
Image
After being salvaged for spares, the wreck was left at Williams Field, McMurdo. where it became a magnet for visitors. one of which was
Image
my cousin Mike Bradstock (hanging out the door), who after spending two summers down on the ice in the 80's, returned with these shots of the wreck (and the magneto panel).
Image
so i've known about the wreck for many years and even though the polar ice
Image
is slowly entombing what remains for all eternity, this is how i prefer to remember Pegasus
Image
flying over Canterbury, where i grew up
Image
and parked just accross from the aeroclub where i first leant to fly
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
colours: gull grey, white, red, black and silver. all decals except the stars and bars from scratch.
Last edited by norri on Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:42 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
norri
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Location: Brunei

Re: Pegasus

Postby BWBrown » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:13 am

What an amazing accomplishment! Plus, the story wasn't half bad, either! Great job! -- Bryan
BWBrown
 
Posts: 99
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:03 pm

Re: Pegasus

Postby Epap » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:22 pm

Excellent work and craftsmanship. 8-) 8-) 8-) My only suggestion on the model, itself, would be to paint the main cockpit's windows a dark, glossy blue, not the much lighter color.
Epap
 
Posts: 313
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:13 pm
Location: New York City

Re: Pegasus

Postby norri » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:38 am

BWBrown wrote:What an amazing accomplishment! Plus, the story wasn't half bad, either! Great job! -- Bryan


thanks Bryan, nice of you to say

Epap wrote:Excellent work and craftsmanship. 8-) 8-) 8-) My only suggestion on the model, itself, would be to paint the main cockpit's windows a dark, glossy blue, not the much lighter color.


yes, silver wasn't enough of a contrast, although its more apparent in the flesh. you read my mind though, will go back over the windows in blue when i get home
User avatar
norri
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Location: Brunei

Re: Pegasus

Postby hovermd » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:00 pm

Here are a few photos of my day with Pegasus back on 26 December 2001.

Sadly, by now she may be all but invisible today...

It was one of many memorable days I spent in Antarctica on deployment with the Coast Guard.

Pegasus 1


Pegasus 2


Pegasus 3
Mark Driver
Toy Helicopter & Rotorcraft Collector
markmdrive@aol.com
User avatar
hovermd
 
Posts: 458
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:19 pm
Location: Florida

Re: Pegasus

Postby hovermd » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:01 pm

A fun day!

Pegasus 4
Mark Driver
Toy Helicopter & Rotorcraft Collector
markmdrive@aol.com
User avatar
hovermd
 
Posts: 458
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:19 pm
Location: Florida

Re: Pegasus

Postby norri » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:25 pm

great pics Mark. that Dauphin looks like a lot of fun. did you fly over to Erebus? i'd be interested to know if any of NZP is still visible.
User avatar
norri
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Location: Brunei

Re: Pegasus

Postby hovermd » Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:26 pm

I flew around Erebus quite a bit, but never saw the wreckage for NZP or a Coast Guard HH-52A helicopter, #CG1404.

Dynamic weather conditions, power limitations brought on by our above-average gross weights and the altitudes encountered at Erebus made it a bit too risky in the Dauphin.

It's some of the most challenging (and FUN!) flying I've ever done...
Mark Driver
Toy Helicopter & Rotorcraft Collector
markmdrive@aol.com
User avatar
hovermd
 
Posts: 458
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:19 pm
Location: Florida

Re: Pegasus

Postby norri » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:15 pm

after nearly 35 years, despite being out of sight, it won't go away. the debate flared up again in nz earlier this year (althought, there's nothing to debate). suppose all lamentable accidents are like that, in one way or another.
User avatar
norri
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Location: Brunei

Re: Pegasus

Postby grwebster » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:11 pm

great job on the connie, Guy.

And a good story, too.

Mark, I am sure you or one of the others had a transmission light go on just as you overflew the wreck, and you and the others just had to land to sort it out, no?

I used to fly from Rio to Panama twice a year in a USAF C-54 {DC-4} {1970-72} and before each flight, the a/c would ask me about the General's schedule {I was his Aide de Camp}. So if I told him we had a buffer day or two, mysteriously some backfiring from one of engines would occur near an interesting place. One of the crew would come back and explain to my General that is was a minor problem, but perhaps that should land and check it out. The General would reply 'no problem, let's be safe' and would then wink at me. We usually had to overnight.

As I recall it happened at at Curacao, other times it was Trinidad, both duty free stopovers with great hotels and casinos.
GR Webster
Central Florida, and France
grwebster@aol.com grwebster@me.com
User avatar
grwebster
 
Posts: 1779
Images: 6
Joined: Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:11 pm
Location: Central Florida and France

Next

Return to Dinky Toys

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest