VH-GOE Piaggio P.166
This Piaggio was
first registered in Germany in December 1960 as D-INLE.
Airlines Ltd in May 1964, it became VH-GOE, passing to Ansett-MAL when
Mandated was taken
rare shot above from the Andy Saunders collection shows it at Goroka in
for Lae. During 1969, like all
Ansett-M.A.L.’s P.166s, it had major engine problems, with
in the sump
(reportedly later found to be caused by the use of
the wrong type of oil).
Unlike its sister aircraft VH-GOC,
it never passed to Ansett
Airlines of PNG but was sold instead in
March 1970 to
Hawker de Havillands,
as a trade-in
on DHC-6s VH-PGS/PGT. It was then regis-
G.R. Board, Church Point, Sydney, on 23 March
1970, and operated by Air Research. It
April 1971. Greg Banfield's
shot below was taken at Mascot in March 1972.
.By 1974 it was
registered to South Pacific Airways Pty Ltd of Church Point,
Sydney. VH-POE was
withdrawn from service in May 1976
struck off the register. It was stored at Bankstown as
although was in poor condition. It was later
acquired by the National Museum and Art Gallery
in Boroka, PNG, for 7,000 Kina.