VH-BEN (1) Stinson L-5B Sentinel
Rare shot from the Daryl
Mackenzie collection of a Stinson L-5 outside the Fawcett hangar
Bankstown in the mid 1950s. This
aircraft came in from Hong Kong where it was formerly
VR-HEO, registered as a
floatplane and owned by Vincent Wong who also had another L-5,
VR-HEQ. -HEO had been
44-17035 with the USAAF. After several other owners in Hong
Kong it was acquired by Air Asia director Daniel Beard who had it
shipped to Australia.
Following several owners in Queensland it was stolen one day in 1971
from Cairns Airport by
disgruntled aircraft engineer who managed to ground loop it upon
landing at Coen, Qld.
Deemed uneconomical to repair it
was acquired by Sid Beck of Townsville, Qld who intends
to add it to his private
museum collection of military aircraft at Mareeba,
Queensland. It is
currently stored, still in civil
markings and is not yet ready for public viewing. The
in from the Elwood Summerville collection, possibly taken at
Archerfield, circa 1954..