VH-BCE  (2)  Piper PA-25 Pawnee 235B                              (c/n  25-3729)


                                       A Geoff Goodall photograph taken in the hangar at Cunderdin, WA in January 1969.  The Pawnee
                                       was owned at the time by Bob Couper Pty Ltd.  This firm was a pioneer West Australian agricultural
                                       aircraft operator.   A mishap at Colac, Victoria put -BCE off the register for a year between 1972/73
                                       and it was damaged in a crash at Jeparit, Victoria in August 1974.    Gippsland Aeronautics collected
                                       wrecked Pawnee airframes to be converted to their two-seater GA-200 Fatman design at their hangar
                                       at Morwell-Latrobe Valley, Victoria.  VH-BCE was restored to the register as a Pawnee in August
                                       1990.  A change of type was issued on 11 April 1991 and it became the first of seven developmental
                                       GA-200 aircraft and was given the new c/n of 200-9101, and registered to Moore's Airspray of Innisfail,
                                       Queensland.  It later went to Field Air at Ballarat, Victoria..   The GA-200 had a wider fuselage to. 
                                       accommodate two in side by side seating and also had an enlarged hopper.  Below is a shot of -BCE
                                       as a GA-200 taken by Clive Wilson over Angle Vale, Victoria in 2006.