This shot is from Barrie
Colledge and shows the Royal Victorian Aero Club's first
Cessna. Barrie would like to
get shots of some of the others, viz VH-RVO, -RVQ
and -RVR if anyone out there has
them. This machine entered service in Dec 1958.
It was allotted US civil rego N4159F but that was
probably a 'trade plate' rego, and
never painted on the aircraft.
By this time I had already left Australia for the USA
so these late 1950s shots
are, strictly speaking, outside the era of my own
It was repainted, soon after
this photograph was taken, in the (then) livery of the club,
namely light blue fuselage, dark
(navy blue) stripe and day-glo orange fin and rudder,
seen in Geoff Goodall's photo (below) taken at Parafield in November
aircraft was visiting from Moorabbin.. When sold by the club in
March 1963, it
was re-registered VH-CHA and, as
such, is still flying in Western Australia.