VH-FDB  (2)    Beagle B.206 Srs 2                      (c/n B.050)


                                   This aircraft was slated to become VH-FDA but, when it arrived in July 1967 that rego was still
                                   officially allocated to a Drover.  Accordingly, c/n B.050 (ex G-AVAN) became VH-FDB.  By
                                   the time the second B.206 was due to be registered a month later (c/n B.052, ex G-AVCH), the
                                   Drover had been re-registered VH-UNK and hence that machine became -FDA instead.   The
                                   nice color shot of -FDB above was taken by Dave Eyre at Broken Hill in 1978 (courtesy of the
                                   Roger McDonald collection)     The photo below, showing it as G-AVAN was taken by Ron
                                   Cuskelly at Archerfield on 2 July 1967 just as it arrived from the UK.    Both Beagles were em-
                                   ployed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, NSW Section, from 1967 until being sold off just over
                                   a decade later.    VH-FDB went to South Florida Aircraft Sales and Leasing in 1979 as N52JH,
                                   later N68S.   These B.206s became prized possessions in the 1990s and found a hot market in the
                                   United States.