(2) Britten-Norman BN-2A-8
Australia from the Britten-Norman factory as G-AXXF, VH-BPV was
delivered to Bush
Pilots Airways, of Cairns, in June 1970 about the time David Carter
photographed it at Bankstown.
In October 1977 it crossed
Torres Strait to Papua New Guinea to become P2-BPV . It returned to
Australian register in March 1978 but four months later was back
in PNG as P2-ISQ with Talair.
The model number was
changed to BN-2A-26 to signify an increase in maximum take-off weight.
The Islander stayed in
PNG this time and was later registered P2-SAA with Simbu Aviation. It
finally withdrawn from
service in 1990.
Note: Some sources say VH-BPV was initially registered to Somerset
Airways. Somerset was a
small operator bought by BPA
in 1963. There might have been some tax advantage in initially
using this company name but the aircraft flew in Bush Pilots markings.
By 1976 it was registered
in BPA’s name.