VH-BXN  Ryan STM                                            (c/n   457)


                                         This Ryan was seen at the original Newcastle Airfield at Broadmeadow by Daryl Connell, circa
                                         1960.   It was the former NEI Navy S-21 and became A50-30 after escaping to Australia from
                                         the Japanese in the early days of WW II.   Originally civilianized in July 1947 at VH-BBJ, it was
                                         withdrawn from use in November of that year and then restored as -BXN in September 1957.
                                         Off register again in 1965, it was restored as VH-RUM.   In 1999 it went to the USA as N8146            
                                         and where it is classified as a Ryan ST-A Special.