18-56 Lodestar (c/n 2194)
The above is a Jack Petersen photograph taken in front of
the old Terminal building at Archer-
in 1947. It
depicts VH-BAG in the markings of Aircrafts, Pty Ltd a forerunner
Airlines. The name change was effected in October 1948.
The shot immediately
below is of unknown
provenance, but presumably taken at some time later before the
loss of the aircraft on 10
Mar 1949. At the foot of the page is a photo (with close
up below) from
showing -BAG at Casino, NSW just prior to this crash. Alan's
father, Milty Sheppard
was a founder member of the
Casino Aero Club. The close up shows Capt Harry Keegan
who was aboard the aircraft
with his family (although not the pilot in command) when it crashed.
Alan's Dad is between the F/O and
the hostess holding the prop.
For more complete details of
history of this aircraft and details of the crash go to: