|Type:||Bristol 171 Sycamore Mk 4|
|29JUN55||Registered G-AODL to British European Airways.|
|01MAY56||Purchased by Australian National Airways Pty. Ltd. for £65,000.|
|02MAY56||Arrived in Melbourne for trans-shipment to Hobart.|
|11MAY56||Registered to ANA as VH-INO. CofA issued and test flown at Hobart same day.|
|19MAY56||Entered commercial service on a publicity flight transporting an umpire to a football match at North Hobart. The aircraft was named "Yarrana" (Swift Whirlwind) in ANA service.|
|56-57||Chartered by Adastra to conduct an electro-magnetic survey at Queenstown, Tasmania. The helicopter was used to tow a magnetometer/scintillometer "bird" through the tree tops. The pilots were Max Holyman and Jim Ferguson (ex RAN).|
Sycamore was damaged in a forced landing which is believed to have
happened on the same day that the above photos were taken. The incident
is described in Peter Yule's history of ANA, "The Forgotten Giant
of Australian Aviation" (pp.270-272):|
"In the early afternoon of Tuesday January 15th , Australian National Airways' Bristol Sycamore helicopter 'Yarrana' was forced to make an autorotational landing on its return flight to Queenstown after positioning geologists on remote hilltops in southern Tasmania. The mishap was not due to any mechanical fault, but was the result of water in the aircraft's fuel system which stopped the engine while flying over wild country near the base of Mt. Sorrel, some 19 miles from Queenstown. Although the pilot, Captain Max Holyman, successfully carried out an emergency landing, a patch of soft marsh ground caused one wheel of the helicopter to sink, titling the aircraft, and thus damaging the main and tail rotor blades. [Max Holyman and a passenger camped for four days by the helicopter until help arrived.]"
|21OCT57||From this date operated by the Ansett-ANA Helicopter Division.|
|11JAN60||Crashed and damaged beyond repair in the Nundle State Forest, NSW.|
Chasing Birds in Tasmania - by Ken Richards
Added Max Holyman as one of the pilots during the Adastra charter. Also added a link to Ken Richards story of the Adastra charter in Tasmania.
Added six new images thanks to Bob Love.
Added a reference to an accident on 15JAN57.
Added the name of the ANA pilot who flew the aircraft during the Adastra charter. Thanks to Jim Hilferty.