VH-BBJ (2) Republic RC-3 Seabee
VH-BBJ was imported from India in 1959 where it had been VT-CSU.
It was brought in by Gold
Coast Holdings of Sydney,
along with another one, VT-CST (c/n 973) which was unfortunately
destroyed in a hangar
fire at Bankstown on 22 September 1960 before it could be registered in
Both were late model Seabees (only 1050 of the breed were built) and
life as NC6689K.
Darryl Connell's photo (above, via the Geoff Goodall
collection) shows -BBJ
at Pelican, NSW circa
1962. It had been purchased by East Coast Airways of Coolangatta,
and became VH-ECZ shortly
after this shot was taken (June of 1962).