|CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk 21
|Brought on charge by the RAAF as A68-104.
|Stored at RAAF Tocumwal and struck off charge.
|Sold to Taren Point Non-Ferrous Metals Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW.
|Sold to A.J.R. "Titus" Oates, Sydney, NSW.
was reported in the Journal of the Aviation Historical Society of
Australia (Vol 2 No 12, Dec 1961) that Adastra had purchased Mustang
VH-FCB along with A68-104 and A68-187. This report would appear to
have stemmed from a sighting of VH-FCB on the Adastra apron at Mascot.
Register files do not show Adastra as having owned VH-FCB.
for CofA and Registration were submitted by Sepal Pty. Limited (signed
by Jack McDonald). The Application for CofA specifies the intended
purpose as "High altitude photography 25,000 feet to 38,000 feet".
Subsequently, the registration VH-AGV was allotted. (NAA: C3905/8,
The registration VH-AGV was not taken up. It is presumed that the survey conversion of A68-104 was never begun as it had earlier emerged during the attempted conversion of A68-187 that there was insufficient accommodation in the fuselage for a camera operator. The aircraft was stored on the grass outside Adastra's hangar 13 at Mascot for several years. It has been established that there is no mention of Adastra in the log books for VH-BOB which suggests that Adastra never performed any work on the aircraft.
|The Mustang was moved out of Flight Facilities hangar (next to Adastra's Hangar 13) at Mascot to make room for Super Canso VH-UMS which required an engine change. The long dormant Mustang was reported to be owned by John Aitken, a captain with Airlines of NSW. (Source: NSW Air Log). However John Aitken was an associate and personal friend of Tony Fisher, and was probably looking after the movement of the Mustang on behalf of Fisher.
|Departed from Mascot flown by Chris Braund on delivery to Tony Fisher, Jerilderie, NSW. For the ferry flight, the aircraft carried no markings and used the radio call-sign "NA68". (Source: NSW Air Log). Tony Fisher based Mustangs A68-104 & A68-193 on a farm strip near Jerilderie owned by his close friend Val Chapman. Fisher had purchased A68-193 from a scrap metal dealer who was melting down the last of the many RAAF aircraft stored at Tocumwal, and flew it from Tocumwal to Jerilderie in January 1964. Both Mustangs flew occasionally at Jerilderie and as far afield as farm properties at Swan Hill VIC and Barham NSW.
|Sold to Robert Eastgate, Melbourne, Vic.
|Flown from Jerilderie to Essendon, Melbourne, Vic.
to the Register as VH-BOB. First flown after restoration at Essendon.
|Damaged in a wheels-up landing at Point Cook, Vic. A jammed right main landing gear door prevented gear extension so the aircraft was intentionally landed wheels-up on the grass.
Added a reference to Mustang VH-FCB in DEC61.
Added two images of A68-104 thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Added reference to wheels-up landing at Point Cook on 05APR08.
Added at 14MAR62 a reference extracted from NAA:C3905/8, VH/AGV thanks to David Muir.
Elaborated on the movements of the aircraft from 1960 to 1964 thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Thanks to recent research by Geoff Goodall, it is now considered unlikely that this aircraft was owned by Adastra. Also added a photo of the aircraft stored outside the Adastra hangar, probably in late 1964.
Original Issue. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.