J/4 Archer (c/n 2068)
Now we come to the
tricky part about VH- registrations. Apart from the
U.S., Australia probably has
re-registrations than any other country on this planet. The
original VH-AAG was a Leopard Moth
which was formerly
VH-UVD. This was changed around 1936 because of the sensitivity
the "last two"!
The first -AAG's
registration was cancelled during the war.
The VH-AAG above
was previously G-AIJL and came to Australia in 1951. The importer
of all Austers
in those days was
Kingsford Smith Aviation, whose name appears under the starboard wing
on this shot.
Anyway, following a
crash at Liverpool, NSW in 1958, it was rebuilt as VH-FRD in 1964, finally crashing
Cape Barren Island, off
Tasmania, in 1966.