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Withdrawn from use and stored by 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond - November 19, 1945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.