VH-BOT  (1)   Fletcher FU-24                                    (c/n  64)


  Neither of these shots of VH-BOT are brilliant.  Above, from the Peter Reardon collection, it
                                      is seen at Glenn Innes, NSW in 1960 whilst it was with Airfarm Associates.          The photo       
                                      below was taken by John Patterson at Bonnie Doon, Wollun, NSW somewhat earlier in 1957.
                                      VH-BOT was wrecked on 20 May 1961 at Belmont Common, Victoria when the engine
                                      accidentally started and the pilotless aircraft ran across the airfield into the Barwon River.   
                                      Formerly ZK-BOL, this Fletcher returned to New Zealand in 1963 following this accident
                                      (as ZK-BOL again) until ultimately returned to Australia, fully restored, as VH-CYV, whence
                                      it went to Air Culture of Perth in 1968.