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All Aircraft Associated with Adastra

 

REGN TYPE C/N REMARKS
CF-HBP Boeing B-17G 32455 Refer Remarks Issue #9. See CF-HBP
G-AMYW Douglas DC-3 33020/16272 Refer Remarks Issue #10.
N6105C Douglas DC-6B 44105 Refer Remarks Issue #14. See N6105C
W2599 Avro Anson W2599 See W2599. Acquired ex RAAF for parts. Never entered service.
VH-AAD DH.90 Dragonfly 7508 See VH-AAD
VH-AGA (1) Avro Anson R9883 See VH-AGA
VH-AGA (2) Aero Commander 500A 1253-77 See VH-AGA #2
VH-AGB Canadian Vickers Canso CV359 See VH-AGB
VH-AGC DH.84 Dragon 2045 See VH-AGC
VH-AGE (1) Lockheed Hudson IV 6039 See VH-AGE
VH-AGE (2) Cessna 185 0254 See VH-AGE #2
VH-AGF Percival Prince P43 See VH-AGF
VH-AGG (1) Avro Anson MG796 See VH-AGG
VH-AGG (2) Lockheed Hudson III 6486 See VH-AGG
VH-AGJ (1) Avro Anson W2374 See VH-WMA Registration VH-AGJ requested but refused.
VH-AGJ (2) CAC CA-18 Mustang 1512 See VH-AGJ (NTU)
VH-AGJ (3) Lockheed Hudson IV 6464 See VH-AGJ
VH-AGO (1) Avro Anson MG162 See VH-AGO
VH-AGO (2) Avro Anson W2374 See VH-WMA Registration VH-AGO requested but refused.
VH-AGO (3) Lockheed Hudson III 6429 See VH-AGO
VH-AGP Lockheed Hudson IV 6034 See VH-AGP
VH-AGS Lockheed Hudson III 6041 See VH-AGS
VH-AGU Douglas DC-3 32668 See VH-AGU
VH-AGV CAC CA-18 Mustang 1429 See VH-AGV (NTU). Refer Issues #12 & 15.
VH-AGX Lockheed Hudson III 6051 See VH-AGX
VH-AIU Lockheed Hudson IV 6041 Re-registered VH-AGS (see above).
VH-ASP Cessna 180 31599 See VH-ASP
VH-AVT Avro Anson R9883 Re-registered VH-AGA (see above).
VH-BGO Avro Anson W2591 See VH-BGO
VH-BKZ Avro Anson W2255 See VH-BKZ
VH-BLA Lockheed Hudson III 6486 Re-registered VH-AGG (see above).
VH-BLF Avro Anson EF989 See VH-BLF
VH-BNS Avro Anson W1587 See VH-BNS
VH-CFV Beech V35 Bonanza D-8190 Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys 18DEC74 to 17MAY77. See VH-CFV
VH-CTE Beech 65 Queen Air LC-85 Leased by Adastra from Civil Aerial Surveys. Returned 04MAY74. See VH-CTE
VH-CTR Beech A23A Musketeer M-983 Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys 15NOV74 to 11NOV75.
VH-DGD Cessna 206 U206-0522 See VH-DGD
VH-DRK Cessna 320E Skynight 320E0075 Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys 15NOV74 to 10FEB81.
See VH-DRK
VH-EAA Boeing 707-338C 19621 See VH-EAA. Used for high altitude photographic experiments.
VH-FDA DH.84 Dragon 2045 Re-registered VH-AGC (see above).
VH-INO Bristol Sycamore 13403 See VH-INO. Chartered from ANA.
VH-KMF Cessna 210-5A 205-0553 Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys 15NOV74 to 21MAY75.
See Issue #16. See VH-KMF
VH-KRA Aero Commander 680F 1036-52 See VH-KRA
VH-SMM Lockheed Hudson IV 6464 Re-registered VH-AGJ (see above).
VH-SMO Lockheed Hudson IV 6034 Re-registered VH-AGP (see above).
VH-UGX DH.60X Moth 425 Registered to Adastra Airways 25MAY31 to 24AUG31.
VH-UJY Avro Avian R3/CN/155 Owned by Adastra Airways 29MAY31 to 28JUN31. Registered 1 day 29MAY31.
VH-UNY Genairco 12 Registered to Adastra Airways FEB31 to 28APR33. Crashed Mascot 28APR33.
VH-UOQ DH.60M Moth 1483 Registered to Adastra Airways 14AUG30 to 05JUL35. See VH-UOQ
VH-UOR DH.60M Moth 1484 Registered to Adastra Airways 14AUG30 to 07JAN37.
VH-UQU DH.83 Fox Moth 4051 Registered to Adastra Airways 04SEP33 to 25MAR38. See VH-UQU
VH-URZ British Klemm L 25c-1 29 Registered to Adastra Airways 25FEB35 to 17MAR39.
VH-USH British Klemm L 25c-1 24 Registered to Adastra Airways 19NOV34 to 06OCT35.
VH-USP British Klemm BK.1 106 Registered to Adastra Airways 29JAN35 to 11FEB35.
VH-UTG British Klemm BK.1 113 Registered to Adastra Airways 24APR35 to 16MAY36.
VH-UUJ B.A. Swallow II 412 Registered to Adastra Airways 21OCT35 to 05MAR37.
VH-UUY B.A. Eagle Mk II 128 Registered to Adastra Airways 16APR36 to 25NOV41. See VH-UUY
VH-UYD Waco YKS6 4534 Registered to Adastra Airways 06AUG37 to 07JUN45. See VH-UYD
VH-WMA Avro Anson W2374 See VH-WMA.

 

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All Aircraft Registered to Sepal

(pre and post Adastra)

What was Sepal?

REGN TYPE C/N
REGISTERED
FROM / TO
REMARKS
VH-AGA Anson R9883
05JAN59
18JUL62
.
VH-AGA Aero Commander 1253-77
25OCT62
19OCT77
.
VH-AGE Hudson 6039
10AUG62
14DEC66
.
VH-AGJ Hudson 6464
14DEC66
24OCT69
Previously VH-SMM
VH-AGP Hudson 6034
02MAY67
15NOV71
Previously VH-SMO
VH-AGS Hudson 6041
29JUN62
24OCT69
.
VH-AGU DC-3 15920/32668
26OCT64
24OCT69
.
VH-AGX Hudson 6051
29JUN62
24OCT69
.
VH-ATH Tiger Moth 105
23MAY57
see remarks
Registered to Sepal until sometime prior to 18NOV57
VH-BLF Anson EF989
56
18JUL62
.
VH-DGD Cessna TU206A U2060522
21JUN68
24OCT69
.
VH-MAD Auster III 430
05AUG53
19JAN54
.
VH-RSH Tiger Moth 105
23MAR57
23MAY57
Re-registered VH-ATH
VH-SMM Hudson 6464
24JUN66
14DEC66
Re-registered VH-AGJ
VH-SMO Hudson 6034
24JUN66
02MAY67
Re-registered VH-AGP
VH-WWS Mosquito ex A52-313
02NOV56
20AUG57
Ex N1597V

 

ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
18
25AUG15
Added photos of VH-USH and VH-UTG.
17
09NOV09
Added an update on Adastra's use of DC-3 G-AMYW. See Issue 10 below.
16
14DEC05
Although officially a Cessna 210-5A, VH-KMF was in reality a Cessna 205, the predecessor of the Cessna 206. The 210-5 was a development of the 210C but had a fixed tri-cycle undercarriage, a 3300lbs TOGW, a stretched fuselage incorporating an extra port side door, two main doors and six seats. It was powered by a 260hp Continental and it, in turn, was developed into the Cessna 206 whilst the 210 line continued on to the 210D etc. (Thanks to Tony Arbon for this explanation).
15
19AUG05
It is now known that Adastra (Sepal) did apply for CofA and Registration for Mustang A68-104 and that the registration VH-AGV was allotted but not taken up. (See Issue 12)
14
09JUL05
Added Douglas DC-6B N6105C. See Adastra and the Westinghouse DC-6B by Mike Wood.
13
28MAY05
Added Cessna 180 VH-ASP. See Adastra and the Single Engine Survey Aircraft by John Collins.
12
06MAY04
It is now considered unlikely that Mustang A68-104 was owned by Adastra. See Issue 15.
11
20JUL03
As a result of new information that Adastra actually purchased Anson VH-WMA and attempted to place it into service, the listings for this aircraft have been amended. Adastra requested two registrations, VH-AGO and VH-AGJ, both of which have been added to the table even though both were refused.
10
08JUL03
Added Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd DC-3 G-AMYW as this aircraft was used alongside Hudson VH-AGE on the Timor Sea contract in 1965. Several contemporary reports stated that the Adastra fleet included two DC-3s, so it is possible that G-AMYW was Adastra's second DC-3. It has been suggested that it may have been necessary to include G-AMYW on Adastra's airwork licence.

Addendum 05JAN04: Bill Mitchell believes that it is not appropriate to include G-AMYW in a list of Adastra aircraft.

Addendum 09NOV09: Doug Morrison advises; "Geoscience Australia indexes on aeromagnetic surveys indicate that the Arafura Sea survey flown by Huntings DC-3 G-AMYW which commenced in July 1965 appears to have been on a contract between Shell Development (Aust) Pty Ltd and Adastra Hunting Geophysics Pty Ltd. So technically and legally, if Geoscience Australia are correct, it was an Adastra survey. This would mean that Adastra, legally, did have two DC-3s for a short time operating off their aerial work licence."
9
19MAY03
Added B-17 CF-HBP of Kenting Aviation. Although the B-17 was never operated by Adastra, the company was evidently involved in handling the aircraft during its November 1958 visit to Sydney. See photos.
8
02APR03
Added Beech Queen Air VH-CTE which was leased by Adastra from Civil Aerial Surveys until 04MAY74. (Source: Mike Wood)
7
01MAR03
Added the above table of aircraft registered to Sepal. Sepal was taken-over by Adastra towards the end of 1957.
Thanks to Tony Arbon for the data in this table.
6
24FEB03
Added Anson VH-WMA which was acquired for parts.
Added Boeing 707 VH-EAA which was used for high altitude photographic experiments.
Added links to new Anson pages.
5
09FEB03
Added Anson W2599 which was acquired for parts and never entered service.
4
07FEB03

Added the following aircraft, all thanks to Tony Arbon:
Beech V35 VH-CFV
Beech A23 VH-CTR
Cessna 320 VH-DRK
Cessna 210 VH-KMF
DH.60X VH-UGX
Anson VH-BNS


have also added cross references to the following:
Anson VH-AVT (became VH-AGA)
Hudson VH-AIU (became VH-AGS)
Hudson VH-BLA (became VH-AGG)
Hudson VH-SMM (became VH-AGJ)
Hudson VH-SMO (became VH-AGP)


Added extra detail for the following, mainly substituting dates on/off the Register for ownership dates. Again thanks to Tony Arbon:
Anson VH-AGO
Avian VH-UJY
Genairco VH-UNY
DH.60 VH-UOQ
DH.60 VH-UOR
DH.83 VH-UQU
Klemm VH-URZ
Klemm VH-USH
Klemm VH-USP
BA Eagle VH-UTG
BA Swallow VH-UUJ
DH.90 VH-AAD
Anson VH-AGG
Anson VH-BGO
Anson VH-BKZ
BA Eagle VH-UUY
Waco YKS-6 VH-UYD
3
06FEB03
Added Sycamore VH-INO. Thanks to Maurie Miller.
2
03FEB03
Added Dragon VH-AGC.
1
27JAN03
Original issue.

 

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