Seen here whilst new
at Essendon in 1939 The aircraft
designation stood for "50 hp Continental"
The Aeronca was owned for a time by
Captain F.E. Finlay who was an ex-RFC (WW I) officer.
(Possibly the gentleman at the
tail?). Merv Cobcroft of Queensland advises:
In 1940 the
Queensland Patriotic Fund staged a massive “Miss World” type competition
with “beauty queen” entrants sponsored by numerous organizations and
“Miss Post Office”. She went on to win the competition by being the
raise the greatest amount for the war effort and was so crowned Miss
AIF (Aust Imperial
Force). Post offices up and down Queensland got behind her
effort. One of things she did
was to sell her
signature on philatelic covers issued to mark the opening of Brisbane’s
Bridge. Finlay flew her around the state in -ACH, suitably
named “Amy Huggins”.
There is also a newspaper report
of him proposing to raise money by selling joy flights.
. VH-ACH was still around
until 1974 when it was withdrawn from use. Its subsequent fate is