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Deemed surplus to requirements and withdrawn from use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.