VH-BBQ Beech 35 Bonanza
VH-BBQ was an early 1947 model Bonanza
N3784N) imported in 1960 and assembled at
Bankstown in April of that year. It was the first of 28
second-hand Bonanzas ostensibly to be
imported at fortnightly intervals and resold by Sydney aircraft broker
Australian Aircraft Sales.
In the event this
ambitious and aggressive sales push didn't pan out and only -BBR and
-BBQ before AAS returned to just filling individual orders.
Which was probably just
for the Australian Beechcraft agents, Aviation Sales Pty Ltd of Sydney
who were selling
production aircraft. The above shot was taken at Bankstown in September
1963 by Bob
Neate whilst the
aircraft was with Exec Air Taxis of Sydney. Greg Banfield's
was taken at Mascot in
September 1964. Re-registered
VH-DUN in 1966, it was damaged
beyond repair at
Griffith, NSW in 1976.