VH-CJP   Mitsubishi Mu2B-30 Solitaire                                 (c/n  505)


                                      Despite its somewhat pudgy appearance (especially on the ground) the Mitsubishi had an enviable
                                      cruising speed and employed some novel features such as a system of retractable spoilers across
                                      the mainplane upper surfaces in lieu of conventional ailerons.   This was a former Swiss registered
                                      example (HB-LEF) which went to Australia in June of 1971.  A photo of it in its Swiss rego can
                                      be seen at the foot of the page (photo # 5) taken by David Carter at Sydney Aiport just after its
                                      arrival   An early production model (actually the fifth built) it had been the European demonstrator
                                      with Pilatus Aircraft.     Geoff Goodall tookseveral images of this craft over the years.  Above
                                      and immediately below (# 2) were taken at Forrest, WA in February 1972 during a refueling
                                      stop on a flight from Perth to Melbourne.  The prop-jet was registered, at the time, to Altair
                                      Pty Ltd of Jandakot, who used it on their contract to carry personnel to the oil drilling rigs at
                                      Barrow Island, near Dampier, WA.   On the rear view below notice the Altair titles and the
                                      1929 West Australian Airways hangar erected at Forrest for overnight stops by the giant
                                      D.H.66 Hercules biplanes on the Perth-Adelaide service..  By 1975 VH-CJP was in service
                                      as a night freighter with Forrestair based at Essendon       Photo # 3 was taken at that locale
                                      in February of that year.   Finally, at the end of 1977 it was back in WA, flying for Pilbara
                                      Air Services of Wittenoom WA..  Picture $ 4 was at Northam, WA in November 1977.
                                      VH-CJP was substantially damaged at Cairns, Qld  in November 1983 and appears to have
                                      been stricken off the registrar.