VH-BKY. Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA c/n 6034.
Was also registered as: VH-EWB; VH-EWS; VH-SMO; VH-AGP.
Built as a Lockheed 414-08 Hudson Mk IVA
Allocated U.S. serial number 41-23175
Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease scheme
Delivered to R.A.A.F. 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond - December 5, 1941
Allocated RAAF Serial Number A16-105
Issued to 1 OTU (Special Transport Flight) Bairnsdale - December 20, 1941
Damaged when skipped off runway and went through a fence whilst landing at West Junction, Tasmania - July 10, 1942
Transferred to North Eastern Area to transport troops and supplies - December 10, 1942
Operational flying was based at Ward's Airstrip, Port Moresby to Soputa and Dobodura
Returned to 1 OTU - January 23, 1943
Modified by having dual controls fitted - August 28, 1943
Iussed to 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond - April 3, 1945
Withdrawn from use and stored by 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond - November 19, 1945
Deemed surplus to requirements and sold to European Air Transport (EAT), Sydney - September 24, 1947
Sale price was quoted as being 200 Pounds
Released to European Air Transport - November 25, 1947
Struck-off-charge - December 11, 1947
Accepted by European Air Transport at Richmond - December 12, 1947
Aircraft was not converted to civilian standards
Application to register aircraft 'VH-CMA' was refused - March 1, 1949
Purchased by Curtis Madsen Aircrafts from the liquidators of European Air Transport - October 1949
When acquired the aircraft was in full military configuration and was subsequently converted to basic civil standards
Test flown after overhaul - October 31, 1949
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BKY - October 31, 1949
Registered to Curtis Madsen Aircrafts Pty Ltd
Aircraft was named 'Riverina'
Utilised on regular services from Sydney to Cootamundra, Temora and West Wyalong
Curtis Madsen were experiencing financial difficulties and aircraft was sold to East West Airlines - October 1950
Registered to East West Airlines Ltd - October 21, 1950
Curtis Madsen ceased operations - November 17, 1950
Curtis Madsen's assests excluding the two Hudsons was taken over by Overland Air Services
East West Airlines acquired VH-BKY and VH-JCM and other spare parts for 14,000 Pounds - November 20, 1950
Aircraft ferried to Tamworth where it was converted to full civilian standards
This aircraft did not enter service with East West Airlines whilst registered as VH-BKY
Reregistered as VH-EWB - December 21, 1950
Aircraft was renamed 'Cathederal City'
Operated first East West revenue service December 21, 1950
Ownership transferred to South Coast Airways Pty Ltd - August 26, 1953
Damaged whilst landing at Brisbane Airport when starboard undercarriage collapsed - July 20, 1954
Was operating scheduled Tamworth - Glen Innes - Brisbane service
Withdrawn from passenger service and transferred to the Special Projects Division - 1957
Converted for high altitude aerial photography work for N.S.W. Lands Department contract
The conversion was estimated to have cost 14,000 Pounds
Reregistered as VH-EWS - March 21, 1958
Commenced initial aerial photography / mapping contract - July 21, 1958
Handed over to N.S.W. Lands Department at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Mascot) - November 17, 1958
Aircraft was renamed 'George Vincent' (in honour of the N.S.W. Surveyor-General)
Withdrawn from service by East West Airlines - August 11, 1960
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 30, 1961
South Coast Airways was wound up - March 31, 1962
Sold to Jon Fairfax & Sons t/a Herald Flying Services - September 10, 1962
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-SMO - October 4, 1962
Leased to Adastra Aerial Surveys Pty Ltd, Sydney - October 4, 1962
Experienced an in-flight fire in starboard engine whilst operating over Richmond, N.S.W. - June 2, 1965
Returned to Sydney Airport where damage was repaired over next 3 months
Registered to Sepal Pty Ltd, Mascot - June 24, 1966
Reregistered as VH-AGP - May 2, 1967
Withdrawn from use and stored at Tamworth Airport - 1971
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 17, 1971
Ferried Tamworth - Melbourne (Moorabbin) under a 'Permit To Fly' - November 10, 1976
Sold to Malcolm Long - November 1976
Restored to 'military' configuration and marked as A16-123 'FX-F'
During the restoration a stock Hudson nose was obtained from New Zealand and grafted onto the airframe
This was necessary as the existing nose had been heavily modified for survey work
Ferried Moorabbin - Point Cook - December 5, 1976
Was static exhibit at the Point Cook Air Show marked as A16-123 - November 1977
Transferred to Wings of Yesterday Museum, Tallebudgera, Queensland - November 21, 1981
Ferried Pt Cook - Tamworth - Coolangatta under 'Permit To Fly' - November 22, 1981
Transported by road to Chewing Gum Museum where it was placed on display
Australian registration VH-FXF was reserved but not taken up
Ferried Moorabbin - Wangaratta for display at Airworld Museum - March 1986
Repainted with the correct RAAF serial 'A16-105'
Sold to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra - January 15, 2001
On display in the ANZAC Hall, Australian War Memorial, Canberra as A16-105 'FX-F'
VH-AGP. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Bankstown Airport, date unknown.
VH-AGP. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Tamworth Airport, January 1975.
VH-AGP. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Tamworth Airport, November 1975.