VH-SJG. Bristol 170-21 Freighter. c/n 12799.


 

Built as a Mark 21E freighter for the U. K. Ministry of Supply

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

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force as WB482 - January 1949

Delivered to A.R.D.U. as A81-1 - April 14, 1949

Transferred to 34 Squadron - May 22, 1949

Returned to A.R.D.U. - July 28, 1949

Used to transport troops to the N. S. W. coalfields during the coal strike of 1949

Loaned to Airflite for survey flying - July 9, 1952 to February 23, 1953

Withdrawn from use and prepared for disposal - July 04, 1967

Flown to Brisbane (Archerfield) - August 1969

Sold to Jetair Australia Ltd - February 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SJG - May 08, 1970

Withdrawn from use when Jetair Australia ceased operations - November 27, 1970

Acquired by Air Express - 1971

Operated final Air Express service - King Island - Melbourne (Essendon) - July 01, 1978

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Essendon) having flown 7,928 cycles

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 24, 1979

Acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, Point Cook, Victoria

Repainted into original R. A. A. F. livery as A81-1

On display at R. A. A .F. Museum, Point Cook

 


 

VH-SJG. Jetair Australia - in the all-metal livery at Sydney Airport, November 1970.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1972.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1974.
 

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1974.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1974.
 

VH-SJG. Air Express - in an all-metal livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1975.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in an all-metal livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1975.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the new blue livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1976.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1977.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1977.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1977.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1978.

VH-SJG. Air Express - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1978.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1979.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1980.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, February 1980.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - ready to tow from Coolangatta Airport, June 1980.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Chewing Gum Field, November 1985.

A81-1. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Chewing Gum Field, November 1985.