VH-INK. Bristol 170-21E Freighter. c/n 12735.
Was also registered as: G-AHJC.
First flown as a B-170 Mk 2A Wayfarer - 1946
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AHJC - ?
Registered to Bristol Aeroplane Company - May 30, 1946
Used as a demonstrator aircraft in Europe and North America
Leased to British American Air Services - July 07, 1946 to September 1946
Converted to Bristol 170 Mark 1 standard - September 1947
Leased to Silver City Airways for use on the Berlin Airlift - September 18, 1948 to November 24, 1948
Converted by Bristol to Mark 21E standard - June 23, 1949
Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INK - September 23, 1949
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Kiopana' - (Depart Quickly)
It was used on freighter services from Melbourne to Tasmania
Operated on the 'Air Beef' scheme in Western Australia - 1952 to 1953
Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) - 1959
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 03, 1960
The aircraft was scrapped having flown some 14,440 hours - September 1961
VH-INK. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Kiopana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-188.)
VH-INK. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Kiopana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1956.
(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1920-035.)