VH-CMT   (2)   Beech 65-80 Queen Air                     (c/n  LD-12)


These two shots were taken a month, although many miles, apart.  The above photo by Geoff Goodall
                                    was shot at Essendon in Janury 1964, while Greg Banfield's below was at Archerfield in February of
                                    the same year.. The Queen Air was owned by Thiess Brothers of Brisbane, a heavy construction and
                                    engineering firm.  It had been leased to TAA when the above shot was taken for use on local airline
                                    services within Tasmania.    This resulted in TAA ordering their own Queenairs for these services.                                  
                                    Ex N1799G, VH-CMT (2) was registered in December 1962 originally to Equipment Operators
                                    Pty Ltd., a Division of Theiss.  Color scheme was white with yellow and brown trim    (I have seen
                                    many Queen Airs with this color scheme).   It was later chartered by Queensland Airlines during the
                                    March-April period of 1965, whilst their Piaggio P.166B VH-PQA was in for a major overhaul.  It
                                    was traded in to Hawker de Havilland Australia at Bankstown in January 1967 and reregistered
                                    VH-CMI.     Theiss replaced it with a King Air, also VH-CMT. (q.v.)