VH-INK. Bristol 170-21E Freighter. c/n 12735.

 

First flown as a B-170 Mk 2A Wayfarer - 1946

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AHJC - ?

Registered to Bristol Aeroplane Company - May 30, 1946

Used as a demonstrator aircraft in Europe and North America

Leased to British American Air Services - July 07, 1946 to September 1946

Converted to Bristol 170 Mark 1 standard - September 1947

Leased to Silver City Airways for use on the Berlin Airlift - September 18, 1948 to November 24, 1948

Converted by Bristol to Mark 21E standard - June 23, 1949

Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INK - September 23, 1949

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Kiopana' - (Depart Quickly)

It was used on freighter services from Melbourne to Tasmania

Operated on the 'Air Beef' scheme in Western Australia - 1952 to 1953

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) - 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 03, 1960

The aircraft was scrapped having flown some 14,440 hours - September 1961

 

VH-INK. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Kiopana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-188.)

VH-INK. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Kiopana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1956.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-035.)