VH-ILK Beech 70 Queen
The Queen Air 70 combined the longer
wing of the Queen Air 80 with the lower-powered engines
of the Queen Air
65. It could lift more payload than a 65 while retaining the same
fuel burn. VH-ILK,
the 19th Queen Air 70
built, was flown to Australia as N3170A and registered to Beech
Havilland in November 1969. David Carter’s photograph
above shows it at Bankstown
around that time.
It was destroyed at Essendon airport on January 31, 1972
when it was set ablaze
by an arsonist.
At the time it was being flown by local charter operator