Type: Waco* YKS-6
MSN: 4534
Previous Identities: Nil


22FEB37 Adastra advise DCA that the Waco is erected and awaiting testing.
25MAY37 Adastra advise DCA of timetable changes on the Bega service owing to the introduction of the Waco.
06AUG37 Registered VH-UYD. CofR 633 and CofA 590 issued to Adastra Airways Ltd., Sydney.
27SEP39 Adastra advise DCA that the Dragonfly operates exclusively on the Bega run and that the Waco has been released for aerial survey work.
12AUG40 Frank Follett wrote to the Minister for Air (J.V. Fairbairn) to advise that Adastra were then carrying out work formerly executed by the RAAF on behalf of the Northern Territory Survey Committee.
  It would seem likely that the aircraft was involved in surveying the route of the Stuart Highway from Adelaide to Darwin as it was photographed in the presence of Department of Main Roads roadworks in the Northern Territory sometime prior to 31DEC41. This road was to assume enormous strategic value after the outbreak of war in the Pacific. Photographed with the aircraft were pilot Norm Rodoni and photographer Peter Payens.
02DEC42 A DCA minute paper states that the Waco VH-UYD with pilot J. Bowden is based at Kempsey on survey work for the Army.
07JUN45 Sold to Dr. G.L. Young, Forbes, NSW.
25SEP51 Sold to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty. Ltd., Mascot, NSW.
52 Sold to Cliff Jackson along with a spare engine and other spares for 2,000. While taxying at Bankstown, the aircraft stood on its nose and the wooden propeller was destroyed. The local manufacture of a replacement prop took several weeks.
01AUG52 Arrived in Port Moresby on delivery to Papuan Air Transport. Flown by the two partners in the airline, Cliff Jackson and Frank Goosens.
08AUG52 Registered to Papuan Air Transport as VH-UYD. On this date, the airline operated its first charter, an aerial search of Port Moresby Harbour for a reportedly sunken submarine.
16NOV59 Departed Port Moresby on sale to an Australian buyer. The Waco had seen little use with Patair in the later years.
07SEP60 Sold to Austerserve Pty Ltd., Bankstown, NSW.
09SEP64 Sold to R. G. Akers, Charleville, QLD.
29AUG65 Sold to J.H. Treloar, Broken Hill, NSW.
09JUL66 Aircraft overturned at Goorimpa, NSW.
25NOV69 Struck off Register.
06MAR70 Returned to Register.
05MAR79 Registered to J.H. Treloar, Glenside, SA.


See also The Northern Survey of 1940

Issue Date Remarks
7 31DEC22
Added a Slideshow
6 13AUG18
Added an image of the aircraft in the Northern Territory sometime prior to 31DEC41.
5 30OCT17
Added an image of the aircraft in Papuan Air Transport markings. Thanks to Cliff Jackson and Roger McDonald.
4 25AUG15
Added a new image thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Added a superior scan of this image thanks to Geoff Goodall.
3 14FEB15
Added a new image thanks to Robert Montgomery.
2 30JUL03
Added details of the aircraft's time with Patair thanks to Roger McDonald and "Balus I" p.171-172 by James Sinclair.
1 30MAY03
Thanks to Tony Arbon.


* Afficionados of the marque will tell you that it's pronounced "Wocko"