historic photograph was taken at the old Commonwealth Aircraft plant at
Bend, Melbourne, in
1947. VH-ARV was built for the
RM197. It went on the U.K.
civil register as G-AGSY in February 1946 and was immediately sold and
shipped out to
Australia. Originally with Victorian and Interstate Airways
of Essendon it went to the Aero
Tasmania in 1948, as seen in the in-air shot immediately below.
Graeme Parson's newspaper clipping from the Hobart Mercury for 21
heralding the event. On 11 July 1954 VH-ARV crashed at Campania,
Tasmania when it
encountered engine trouble on a cross country flight from Cambridge
aerodrome causing the
pilot to make a forced landing in a freshly ploughed
field. The port wing dug into the earth
and the aircraft was extensively damaged, although the pilot and three
passengers were unhurt.
fuselage was towed back to Cambridge and was later loaded aboard a ANA
photo at foot of the page from the Geoff Goodall collection) and taken
became the basis for the reconstruction of VH-SAS.