Piper PA-11S Cub Special
Nice shot (above) from Geoff
Goodall of this PA-11 on floats on the River Murray, near Waikerie,
SA in November 1966.
PA-11s are not
the most common aeroplanes in the
world even in the US
(only 1428 of them were
built - a small production run by Piper
standards). They were, of course,
superceded by the PA-18.
VH-AKD had come in from Fiji in
1951 where it had been registered
islands it had been operated by South Seas Marine Products, a fisheries
founded by the great Australian
navigator Harold Gatty (of "Winnie Mae" fame, and who later founded
Fiji Airways). The floatplane Cub Special was used for fish
spotting and was carried on the bow of
one of their boats.
In Australia it was originally owned by Emlyn "Brud"
Rees who also used it for
Immediately below are two images from the Graeme Parsons collection
taken at Burrill
Lake, NSW, circa
1953. That's Brud on the float in the second photo image
below. The Cub is still
current, although no longer on
floats. Andrei Bezmylov took a shot of it (foot of page) at the
2007 Avalon Airshow.
It is now
registered to an owner in Queensland. Nice to see it restored in
authentic Piper livery..