|05DEC41||Received 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond ex U.S.A. with Pratt & Whitney engines. (Source: 3)|
|13DEC41||Flight tested. (Source: 3)|
|23DEC41||Allotted to the Operational Training Unit having been fitted with dual controls. (Source: 3)|
|08JUL42||Issued to 14 Sqn. (Source: 3)|
|22DEC42||Issued to 32 Sqn. (Source: 3)|
|03MAY43||To proceed to 6 Sqn via 5AD, Forest Hill for fitment of ASV and IFF equipment. (Source: 3)|
|20MAY43||Issued to 6 Sqn. (Source: 3)|
|24AUG43||Allotted to 1AD, Laverton ex 6Sqn for modification as Survey Flight aircraft. (Source: 3)|
|19MAY44||Issued to Survey Flight. (Source: 3)|
|08JUN44||Approval for removal of auxiliary fuel tanks. (Source: 3)|
|06MAY46||Allotted to 2AD, Richmond ex the Survey Flight for storage. (Source: 3)|
|14MAY46||Received 2AD, Richmond. (Source: 3)|
|29NOV46||Sold to Mr Ellis, Sherman's Motors, Dubbo for £1,000. (Source: 3)|
|04SEP47||Above sale cancelled. (Source: 3)|
|10SEP47||Sold to Mr S Godden, Potts Point, Sydney NSW. (Source: 3)|
|13OCT47||Issued to purchaser. (Source: 3)|
|The aircraft was ferried to Camden for storage by Intercontinental Air Maintenance. (Source: 2)|
Archie Smith claims that Dick Hartnell and he ferried the aircraft
from Camden to Tamworth on this date but the flight was more likely
Camden-Bankstown given that on 22JUL49 (which see) East-West wrote
to DCA requesting a ferry permit from Bankstown to Tamworth. (Source:
East-West's records show that the aeroplane was purchased from the Shell Company in JAN50 but the transaction is understood to have proceeded as follows:
A16-112 was purchased at disposals by Stanley Godden although paid for by his business partner Warren Penny who subsequently sold the Hudson to Mr F. Megna who was a director of Intercontinental Air Tours. Penny later repossessed A16-112 and gave it to the Shell Company as a guarantee against his fuel bills. (Source: 2)
This arrangement was later formalised when Penny sold the aeroplane to Shell for £250. (Revealed in Warren Penny's bankruptcy proceedings in July 1949). According to the East-West board minutes, A16-112 was purchased from Shell although it was also included in a package of six Hudsons acquired from the Macquarie Grove Flying School so it would appear that either MGFS or East-West's agent Wilmore Aviation Services were selling the aircraft on behalf of Shell.
|27APR49||East-West Airlines wrote to DCA enclosing an Application for Registration for A16-112. Registration BNJ has been hand-written on the letter in DCA files. EWA advise that: "The aircraft is at present under conversion for the execution of its CofA requirements with Messrs. Curtis Madsen Aircraft Pty. Ltd., Bankstown, where the aircraft may be inspected." (Source: 4)|
Airlines wrote to DCA requesting approval to ferry VH-BNJ from Bankstown
to Tamworth. Major overhaul, including fitment of overhauled engines
and propellers to be completed by Curtis Madsen at Bankstown, but
EWA wish to complete the following themselves at Tamworth owing to
the unavailability of manpower at Sydney and the desire to complete
the conversion in a much shorter period:|
Flooring to approved drawing.
Fitting of approved seats to floor.
Cold air duct.
Toilet compartment to approved drawing.
Bomb-door access door re-work to approved drawing.
Interior soundproofing and lining.
Radio installation by A.W.A.
wrote to DCA: "We find it essential for passenger comfort to
add an extra window ... We propose using a standard Hudson window
and require it on starboard side only. We would like your opinion
on the matter before submitting proper drawings."|
Work to be carried out at Tamworth on Lockheed Hudson VH-BNJ:|
|08DEC49||CofR 1682 and CofA 1649 and registration VH-BNJ granted for 16 passengers and 3 crew.|
|09DEC49||Test flown at Tamworth after civil conversion by East-West Airlines. Flown by Dick Hartnell and Archie Smith. Special attention was paid to balance and the travel of the Fowler flaps was limited to 75 degrees. (Source: 5)|
|10DEC49||Flown to Glen Innes by Archie Smith for single engine tests and other performance checks. (Source: 5)|
|15DEC49||Flown to Sydney by Dick Hartnell and Archie Smith for night flying training at Mascot. (Source: 5)|
|16DEC49||Returned to Tamworth. (Source: 5)|
|23DEC49||Entered service Tamworth-Sydney-Tamworth flown by Dick Hartnell and Archie Smith. This marked a major turning point for East-West as previously they had been limited to daylight/visual operations with Avro Ansons. The Hudson had been selected as an Anson replacement because East-West's Tamworth base was not then capable of DC-3 operations. (Source: 5)|
|21MAR51||Re-registered VH-EWA. Named "Peel City"|
engine runs at Mascot at night in the care of a T.A.A. engineer, the
aircraft ran into a ditch in front of the T.A.A. hangars, removing
the undercarriage and causing other structural damage. (Date previously
recorded as JUN53). (Source: 4)|
This incident expedited East-West's acquisition of DC-3s.
|01JUL53||DCA wrote to EWA: "Please advise what your intentions are regarding future airworthiness of the aircraft." (Source: 4)|
|03JUL53||EWA wrote to DCA advising that they have disposed of the aircraft of to Adastra Airways and that East-West wish to retain the registration VH-EWA. (Source: 4)|
|12AUG53||DCA wrote to Adastra advising that registration VH-AIU has been allotted to Hudson formerly VH-EWA. (Source: 4)|
|03DEC53||Adastra wrote to DCA acknowledging advice that registration of VH-AIU will expire on 06DEC53. Adastra do not desire to renew the registration at this stage. (Source: 4)|
|24MAY54||Adastra wrote to DCA advising that Hudson VH-AGX (sic) formerly VH-AIU "is at present going through our workshops and registration will not be required until completion of this work." (Source: 4)|
|11JAN55||DCA wrote to Adastra advising that VH-AIU has been struck off the Register as from 05JAN53. (Source: 4)|
|04JAN56||Returned to Register as VH-AGS. Adastra replaced the original Pratt & Whitney engines with Wright Cyclones, thus converting the aeroplane from a Mk IVA to a Mk III. Apparently Adastra favoured the Wright engines as they gave better altitude performance for survey work. Adastra also removed the nose compartment door and restored the standard Hudson nose glazing.|
|19MAY57||Performed an exhibition flight at an air pageant at Lae, PNG. (Source: Log Book No. 2 VH-AGS)|
based at Lae, PNG, VH-AGS participated in the search for missing Tiger
Moth VH-AQS. (Source: Log Book No. 2 VH-AGS)|
The Tiger Moth had departed Goroka for Lae. On board were Jack Gray and Jim Smith, both principals in Territory Airlines. (Source: Balus Vol. 1 P.207)
VH-AGS participated in the second day of the search for missing Tiger
Moth VH-AQS. (Source: Log Book No. 2 VH-AGS) |
The wreckage of the Tiger Moth was located by a ground party at the foot of the Arona Gap. Both occupants had suffered fatal injuries. (Source: Balus Vol. 1 P.207)
|29MAY59||VH-AGS arrived in Perth to commence operations for Adastra subsidiary Westralian Aerial Surveys. A photograph of some of the crew appeared in The West Australian on this date.The Aviation Historical Group of Australia, Monthly Notes No. 3 of July 1959 reported that the aircraft carried Westralian Aerial Surveys titles on the fuselage but retained the name Adastra under the starboard wing and that the aircraft was now painted green in place of the previous grey.|
|12MAR62||DCA wrote to Adastra authorising operation for 30 hours for the purpose of evaluation of a "ground profile recorder". As of this date the aircraft's total hours were 7,117 hours 20 minutes. (DCA files in NAA)|
|AUG62||While in Westralian markings, the aircraft was test flown with a strut-mounted magnetometer boom above the rear fuselage on the centre-line between the fins. For more information about the magnetometer boom installation see here.|
|02OCT62||Commenced an aeromagnetic survey of the Narran River district in NSW. Report|
|15OCT62||Completed the aeromagnetic survey of the Narran River district in NSW.|
|16OCT62||Joined VH-AGE on an aeromagnetic survey of Bollon, Qld. Report|
|Arrived at Wewak, PNG to commence a photographic survey of the border with West Irian. (Source: JAHSA Vol III No 12, DEC62)|
|21DEC62||Completed the aeromagnetic survey of Bollon, Qld.|
Repainted in the Orange Livery
|23FEB69||Noted at Mascot freshly repainted in the orange livery.|
|06OCT70||Flew Kalgoorlie-Perth. (Source: 1)|
|11OCT70||Flew Perth-Plenty Downs. (Source: 1)|
|24NOV70||Flew Kalgoorlie-Perth. (Source: 1)|
|29NOV70||Flew Perth-Kalgoorlie. (Source: 1)|
|17APR72||Flew Leonora-Perth. (Source: 1)|
|22APR72||Flew Perth-Leonora. (Source: 1)|
|16MAY72||Flew Kalgoorlie-Perth. (Source: 1)|
|20MAY72||Flew Perth-Meekatharra. (Source: 1)|
|06APR73||Withdrawn from service and stored at Tamworth (East West Airlines had bought out Adastra).|
|08AUG74||Photographed in outdoor storage with VH-AGP at Tamworth.|
|26MAR76||Flown from Tamworth to Point Cook having been purchased by Malcolm Long. The aircraft diverted to Mangalore with falling oil pressure on the port engine. After rectification of a blown supercharger seal, the aircraft continued to Essendon before completing the trip to Point Cook. The aircraft was flown by TAA pilots L. Gordon and Graham Hawkins. (Source: 1)|
|By this date the aircraft was in Malcolm Long's hangar at Point Cook stripped of paint. (Source: 1)|
|The registration VH-AIU was reserved in the name of Schutt Aircraft, Moorabbin but not taken up. It will be noted that the aeroplane was earlier allocated this registration from 1953 to 1955. Malcolm Long had a partnership with Graham Schutt and Ron Lee of Schutt Aircraft to restore and operate the aircraft. (Source: 1)|
|DEC83||The aircraft was moved from Point Cook to Moorabbin. It was stated previously that the aircraft was trucked but it is now believed that it was flown.|
|07APR93||Registered to Malcolm Long as VH-KOY as model L-414-56.|
|10APR93||First flown at Moorabbin after restoration. Marked as A16-112/KO-Y (2 Sqn code).|
|19JUN93||Flown from Moorabbin to Wangaratta, VIC.|
|05NOV00||Ferried to its new base at Coolangatta, Queensland.|
|16NOV00||Visited RAAF Base Amberley at the invitation of No 6 Squadron. The Hudson was parked beside the restored A-20G Havoc 42-86786. See photo.|
|JUL02||Participated in the filming of the movie "The Great Raid". For this role the Hudson was painted olive drab and grey with US insignia and the fictitious serial 889. Much of the filming took place on Bribie Island while the Hudson was based at Caboolture.|
|06DEC03||Arrived at Temora, NSW and placed on long term loan to the Temora Aviation Museum.|
|14MAY04||Ownership transferred from Malcolm Long to the Temora Aviation Museum.|
|The aircraft is painted to represent A16-211 with the corresponding MSN 6430 on both sides of the nose. The name Tojo Busters is carried on the left side of the nose.|
|18APR19||It was announced on this date that the ownership of the Temora Aviation Museum aircraft, including Hudson VH-KOY, would be transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force. The aircraft will continue to be operated by the Temora Aviation Museum.|
|The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development announced that; "Ahead of centenary commemorations of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), No. 100 Squadron will be re-formed as the Air Force Heritage Squadron, operating from two locations RAAF Base Point Cook and Temora."|
See also "Hudson Nose Art".
See also "Aerodist"
|Geoff Goodall - contemporary notes.|
|Geoff Goodall The Migrant Caper|
|RAAF Form E/E.88.|
|NAA C3905/9 VH/AGS|
|Archie Smith, East-West Eagles published in 1989 (ISBN 1 86273 035 0)|
Filename changed to vh-ags.htm
Added a Slideshow
Added information from Source: 2.
Added an image of the aircraft taken just two days ago thanks to Phil Vabre.
Updated the chronology post Adastra thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Added an image of an inscription found inside the starboard fuel tank of VH-KOY during maintenance. Thanks to the Temora Aviation Museum.
Added an image of the aircraft stored at Tamworth thanks to Alan Flett.
Added an image of the APR station.
Added an entry at 02DEC62.
Added more information at 29MAY59.
Added an image of the Featherington-Kite nose art in JUN70 thanks to Mike Costello.
Added details of aeromagnetic surveys in Narran River and Bollon in OCT-DEC62.
Added several movements in 1970-72. Thanks to Geoff Goodall (Source: 1)
Refreshed the page and images.
Added an image thanks to Peter Gates.
Added an image of the aircraft as "Tojo Busters" thanks to Phil Vabre.
Added an image of the aircraft in the original Aerodist configuration thanks to Ken Watson.
Added a reference to VH-AGS participating in an air pageant at Lae on 19MAY57 and also participating in the search for a missing Tiger Moth on 1-2JUN59.
Added more information about the installation of a ground profile recorder in March 1962 and the magnetometer boom installation in August 1962. Thanks to Chris O'Neill.
Added more information about the magnetometer boom installation. See 1962.
Added details of the ferry flight from Tamworth to Point Cook in 1976 and the road trip from Point Cook to Moorabbin in 1984. This information was drawn from an article by Jarrod Cotter in "FlyPast" of June 2004 pp.53-56.
Also added details of the movie flying in July 2002.
Aircraft sold to the Temora Aviation Museum on 14MAY04.
Added four new images of the aircraft in Aerodist configuration thanks to Dave Aitchison. Also added an image taken at the Archerfield air show on 06SEP03.
Added considerable detail of East-West's conversion of the aircraft sourced from NAA C3905/9 VH/AGS thanks to Chris O'Neill.
Added an image of VH-KOY taken at the recent Archerfield Air Show thanks to Glenn Alderton.
Added four new images of VH-AGS in the field thanks to Peter Shute.