VH-DRI Cessna 337A Super
This Super Skymaster was owned by the
Forestry Commission of NSW for over 30 years.
It was first registered on 29
December 1966 (ex N5414S), and was one of several similar
machines operated by the Commission. Greg Banfield's shot above
was taken at Bankstown
on 8 December
1963. When sold it went to the Walgett Aero Club.
On 9 October 1994
the Club held a barbecue and
flying competition. During the event VH-DRI, which had just
returned from a five day charter to the Gulf of Carpentaria, performed
a high speed low level
fly past across the field,
and then entered a steep (some spectators say as much as 70 degrees)
climb, wherein after 7 or so
seconds in this attitude the speed decayed to such an extent that
the aircraft appeared to stall,
dropping the port wing and crashing onto the airport grounds
. The pilot and three passengers were all killed.