Of the 110-odd Piaggio P166s
built, some 15 of them found their way to
Australia, and several
were used in New Guinea..
VH-BBG was first registered on 28 August 1961 to the Bristol
Aeroplane Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd. It was leased by East Coast
Airways in 1962, in a red-and-
white color scheme. In
mid-1962 it was leased again, this time to Ansett-ANA, for services in
Central Australia, still in the
red-and-white scheme. It was then sold to Ansett-ANA
1962, delivered to
Ansett-MAL in New Guinea, and re-registered VH-GOC in April 1964.
above shot was taken by Richard Maclean at Essendon in 1962.
Below is seen a rare shot by
Greg Banfield taken at Bankstown in
January 1962 whilst -BBG was on lease to East Coast