652A Anson 1
Avro Ansons were civilianized in Australia after WW II.
Many retained their 'glasshouse'
windows (see the previous
one, VH-AXU), while others were re-worked and had separate windows
VH-AZX was somewhere in between and merely had the strip between the
somewhat. I photographed the same aircraft some years later (circa
1955) at Bankstown
below) and this time it was
wearing the inscription 'Marshall Airways
Charter Service'. Ansons were
used in both freight and passenger
roles. VH-AZX was
withdrawn from use in 1962 when the DCA
refused to renew
its C of A due to fears that the glue
bonding of the wooden parts was no longer reliable.
The third shot is a color print (from a
35mm slide) from the Ken Tilley collection showing the helmeted
cowls replaced by 'Oxford' type
ones. And lastly, the ignominious end. Geoff Goodall
old -AZX in a car wreckers' yard at
Fairfield (near Bankstown) in July of 1967. Both the Anson
the FJ Holden would fetch a buck or two