VH-AMA (2) Piper PA-20
This Pacer had come in from Dutch New Guinea* in 1959
where it had been registered JZ-PTB. It
was one of the many
aircraft on the asset register of the Missionary Aviation Fellowship
and had been
the US, ex N8133C. The above shot is by Neil Follett and was
taken at Moorabbin in
1959. Colors were standard Piper blue and white.
Intended to be taken up by Aerial
Missions of Melbourne
(hence the -AMA) it was sold instead to E. B. Rees of Merimbula who
it with floats
and used it as a fish spotter. The shot below, from the
Geoff Goodall collection shows it
at Lakes Entrance,
Victoria in 1960. . In April 1962 it was purchased by Kraft Foods Ltd
for the same task.
It was retired and deleted from the Register in April
1965, only to be rebuilt as float-
VH-TPH. It is
still current as such and registered to
an owner in Deniliquin, NSW.
* A bit of history: When Indonesia became independent
in 1949 the Dutch retained sovereignty over
western New Guinea and intended to make it a separate country (fat
chance, so far as Indonesia was
concerned). In December 1961 in response to elections which
had been held in New Guinea and
which sought to emplace local officials in their embryo government,
Indonesia invaded the territory.
Following skirmishes an agreement was reached and the area was
transferred to Indonesia in 1963.
(as the country was called) was formally annexed by Indonesia in 1969,
and all the re-
maining JZ- aircraft were re-registered PK-.