VH-TGB (2) Beech 65-A80 Queen Air
TAA acquired four Queen Airs in
1964. One (-TGD) went to Papua/New Guinea. The other
three, including this one were
used for airline services in both Tasmania and
Tasmanian internal services, which flew
Hobart-Devonport-Wynyard-Smithton were short-lived.
They lasted a little longer in Queensland and by 1969 Twin Otters were
being used instead. At
least some of Queen
Airs went to the RFDS. These flights were flown as state
services, and were subsidized by their respective states.
In fact, Queensland still subsidizes the routes
that the Queen Airs
once plied. A
mix-up in registrations indicated that this one was originally to have
but in the event, that
rego went to LD-172, and LD-157 became -TGB. It is seen above
Bankstown in 1966 in this photo by David Carter.
The color shot below is from the CAHS archives.
-TGB was sold to SAATAS in
Indonesia in 1971 as PK-LEC.