VH-BNJ. Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA. c/n 6041.
Was also registered as: VH-EWA; VH-AIU; VH-AGS; VH-KOY.
Built as a Lockheed A28-LO Hudson
Allocated U.S. serial number 41-23182 but not taken up
Delivered to R.A.A.F. 2nd Aircraft Depot, Richmond, N.S.W. - December 5, 1941
Allocated RAAF Serial Number A16-112
Flight tested at Richmond - December 13, 1941
Aircraft fitted with dual controls and issued to 1 O.T.U. - December 23, 1941
Issued to No 14 Squadron - July 8, 1942
Issued to No 32 Squadron - December 22, 1942
Fitted with ASV and IFF equipment at Forest Hill - May 1943
Issued to No 6 Squadron - May 20, 1943
Issued to 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton for modification for survey flights - August 24, 1943
Issued to Survey Flight - May 19, 1944
Issued to 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond for storage - May 6, 1946
Arrived Richmond for storage - May 14, 1946
Deemed surplus to requirements and withdrawn from use
Sold to Mr Ellis, Sherman Motors, Dubbo, N.S.W. for 1000 pounds - November 29, 1946
Sale to Mr Ellis was cancelled - September 4, 1947
Sold to Mr S. Godden, Potts Point, Sydney, N.S.W. - September 10, 1947
Aircraft released to new owner by C.D.C. at Richmond - October 13, 1947
Although aircraft was purchased by S. Godden it was paid for by his business partner Mr Warren Penny
Mr Penny subsequently sold this aircraft to a third party but it was later repossessed by him
Aircraft was then used by Mr Penny as a guarentee to the Shell Oil Company for his fuel bills
Sold to the Shell Oil Company by Warren Penny for 250 pounds
Acquired by East West Airlines from Shell via Wilmore Aviation Services - 1949
Aircraft underwent conversion to civil requirement by Curtis-Madsen Aircrafts Pty Ltd - April 1949
East West sought approval to ferry aircraft Bankstown - Tamworth - July 22, 1949
Further conversion work carried out by East West at Tamworth for granting of C of A
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register (CofR 1682) as VH-BNJ - December 8, 1949
Registered to East West Airlines Pty Ltd
Aircraft was licenced to carry 16 passengers and 3 crew
Test flown at Tamworth (R. Hartnell, A. Smith) - December 9, 1949
Operated first revenue service Tamworth-Sydney - Tamworth (Capt R. Hartnell, A. Smith) - December 23, 1949
Reregistered as VH-EWA - March 21, 1951
Aircraft was named 'Peel City'
Damaged at Sydney Airport during night engine run in front of TAA hangar - April 1, 1953
Undercarriage removed and major structural damage sustained when it ran into a ditch
Sold to Adastra Airways in damaged condition - June 1953
Reregistered as VH-AIU - July 3, 1953
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 5, 1955
During the rebuild by Adastra Wright Cyclone engines were fitted to provide better altitude performance
This converted the aircraft to a Hudson Mk III
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AGS - January 4, 1956
Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys Pty Ltd
Was operated in the markings of Westralian Aerial Surveys (Adastra subsidiary) - 1959 - 1962
Aircraft had flown 7,117 hours - March 12, 1962
During operations in Western Australia it was fitted with a magnetometer
This instrument was fitted on the fuselage centreline between the fins
East West Airlines purchased Adastra Aerial Surveys
Withdrawn from use and stored at Tamworth - April 6, 1973
Sold to Malcolm Long
Ferried Tamworth - Point Cook for storage - March 26, 1976
Moved by road Point Cook - Mooabbin Airport - 1984
Aircraft underwent an extensive restoration whilst at Moorabbin
Reregistered as VH-KOY - April 7, 1993
Test flown at Moorabbin as 'A16-112 / KO-Y' - April 10, 1993
Ferried Moorabbin-Wangaratta, Victoria as exhibit / storage at Airworld Museum - June 19, 1993
Ferried Wangaratta - Coolangatta following closure of Airworld Museum - November 5, 2000
Participated in the filming of the movie 'The Great Raid' - July 2002
Malcolm Long and Temora Aviation Museum entered into a long term loan agreement on aircraft
Arrived Temora, NSW on long term loan to the Temora Aviation Museum - December 6, 2003
Ownership transferred to the Temora Aviation Museum - May 14, 2004
Registered to Temora Aviation Museum Inc - December 19, 2005
Current with the Temora Aviation Museum - 2012
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the old livery at Essendon Airport, date unknown.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, April 1965.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, February 1969.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, June 1969.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, December 1969.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, August 1972.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the new livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.
VH-AGS. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the full livery at Tamworth Airport, December 1975.
VH-KOY. Malcolm Long - in the RAAF livery at Coolangatta Airport, April 2002.