Few aircraft illustrate the 1960s Australian obsession with
personalized registrations than VH-BCY.
In a short time it carried seven different registrations, starting with
VH-RHX in May 1961. It then
became VH-EMF in October 1961 and VH-KAF in March 1962.
It was briefly VH-KAI in
April 1964 to allow –KAF to be used on a Twin Comanche, before becoming
August 1965, it was
registered VH-FBM, gain to free the registration, this time for a
Comanche, and then
finally VH-BCY in July 1967. The Department of Civil Aviation
tired of aircraft continually changing registrations and barred the
The arrival of
reregistrations revived but the various owners of VH-BCY have been
for it was still
registered as such in May 2016 to an owner at Wollongong.
David Carter's phot-
graph above was at Bankstown in 1969 whilst the more contemporary shot
of it below is by
Canciani was at Avalon in March 2007 when -BCY was a visitor to the