(3) Cessna 182A Skylane
In the later 1950s, when
currency restrictions were lifted, Bush Pilots Airways began upgrading
engine fleet from Auster Autocars to Wichita Span Cans. The
first of these was the
Skylane (ex N3770D) seen above in this nice shot from the Maurice
Austin collection. Bushies
named " .something......Star", after, I believe, outback bush
stations. This one was
"Lucky Downs Star".
When a new Skywagon was acquired in 1962 to usurp its registration,
the Skylane was sold off and
became VH-PTJ, later VH-BTJ and then VH-BLF in June 1965.
When Frank Fleming wanted -BLF
for his new Beech debonair, this straighted-tailed 182 was
reregistered again as VH-SJF.
In December 2003 it was reregistered
one more time as
and, as such, is still current (2017).