Iroquois trolley attracts huge interest at auction

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 05/05/2014

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An miniature Iroquois built for the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix has flown above $1700 in a charity auction.

A team of friends all based at Ohakea Air Force Base built the trolley, named the Chickenhawk, last year.

Maxing out at about 41kmh in its run, the Chickenhawk didn't make it to the podium on the day, but with its working rotor and navigation lights, it was a crowd favourite.

The trolley was put up for sale on Trade Me with the auction closing last night.

The successful bid reached $1710, money that will be donated to the Missing Wingman Trust.

The trust was established in 2010 following the deaths of a number of air force staff, including Flying Officer Dan Gregory, Flight Lieutenant Hayden Madsen and Corporal Ben Carson in the Anzac Day Iroquois crash, and Squadron Leader Nick Cree in a Red Checkers training crash.

The trust helps look after the families left behind.

The trolley boasts a powered main rotor and free-spinning tail rotor, working navigation lights, an instrument panel with authentic parts and Iroquois cyclic control stick.

The trolley was listed as a "cool auction" on Trade Me with the auction clocking more than 30,000 views and numerous questions and comments.

Questions ranged from whether the chopper could fly from Tuatapere to Taipa with auxiliary fuel tanks fitted, to if it was safe for children to play on.

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- Manawatu Standard

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