My Throne a Cockpit
'Our office was the cockpit of a topdressing aeroplane, so it was not hard to think of my seat as a throne. On top of the world, the daily commute took in the grandeur of the mountains, the beauty of the world going about its business below. Whether I was at work on the airstrip, or in the cockpit, life was never dull. Every work day was different, and I never knew whether today I'd meet with danger or delight.'
My Throne, A Cockpit is a sometimes funny, sometimes serious ramble through the world of topdressing in the 1970's told from the unique perspective of a loader driver. Based in Central Otago, Owen Williamson worked all around the South Island, meeting a fascinating bunch of pilots, mechanics, drivers and, of course, farmers along the way.