VH-AGE (4) Cessna 185A Skywagon
This was the former
VH-BXJ. It was acquired by Aircraft Survey Co.of Moorabbin
1967. The principals of
this company (Peter Payens and John Collins) were both Adastra
employees at various times,
hence the re-reg of this machine into the Adastra VH-AG series,.
although despite its registration to Aircraft Survey
it appears to have had Adastra titling, as seen
in the shot immediately below by Daryl
Mackenzie taken at Moorabbin in February 1968.
VH-AGE was sold to a private
owner in August 1976 and on 9 June 1978
it was destroyed by
fire when it crashed at
Charleville, Queensland. The photo above was taken by Greg
at Mascot in March 1975 after it had been
stripped of its Cessna standard paint job with Adastra
titling and when
it was evidently in for a repaint job. Geoff Goodall's
shot at the foot of the page
shows it at Swan Hill as late as
March 1976 with the result of that rework to its livery.