VH-EXG. Consolidated PBV-1A Catalina. c/n CV-369.
Originally built by Consolidated as PBV-1A Canso
Delivered to the R.C.A.F. as 11060 - April 5, 1944
Surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge - May 25, 1961
Sold to Firefly Inc, Portland, OR - 1966
The aircraft was civilianised and converted to Super Catalina in a tanker configuration
Super Catalina conversion involved fitting Wright RF-2600 Cyclone engines of 1,700 h.p. and modified tail
Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N609FF - 1966
Flown as Tanker 'E40'
Sold to Terra Survey Ltd, Ottawa, Canada
Operated in different locations around the world as a survey aircraft
Arrived Melbourne on delivery to Executive Air Services, Essendon - June 1972
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EXG - August 30, 1972
Registered to H. C. Sleigh Aviation - November 7, 1979
Registered to Western Commander - May 10, 1984
Flew mineral survey flights around Australia
Operated final service - December 10, 1987
Retired and placed in open storage at Melbourne's Essendon Airport
Donated / acquired by the R.A.F. Museum, Point Cook - 1989
Moved Essendon-RAAF Museum Point Cook for storage
Hull transported to RAAF Amberley for restoration - 1997
Underwent restoration and modification to return it to WWII configuration as a PBY-5A
Placed on display at RAAF Museum Point Cook in dismantled state - November 2001
Depicted as RAAF Catalina A24-104 of No 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 19, 2002
VH-EXG. Geoterrex - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1979.
VH-EXG. Geoterrex - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1980.