VH-MCC DHC-1A-1 Chipmunk
This photo, from the Geoff
Goodall collection, was taken at Bankstown around 1962. (I just
love the fake Cessna livery!). This Canadian-built DHC-1 was the
first Chipmunk registered
going to de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd in December 1947 as VH-BFT. It was
loaned to the RAAF early in 1948
for trials, and returned to the civil register in April 1949.
October 1949 it was sold to the Newcastle Aero Club. This club was
granted a 'Royal'
charter in 1953
and accordingly their fleet were eventually re-registered in the VH-RN-
VH-BFT became VH-RNG (although, in the
event, not until June of 1955). In March 1959
another change of rego, becoming VH-BBT(2) although this identity was
was re-registered VH-MCC in October of that same year. Withdrawn
from use in 1994, it
has now undergone a complete
rebuild at Tocumwal, NSW, and had its first post-restoration
15 December 2010. Phil Vabre provides the shot below
in its sharp red and silver trim at a Tocumwal rally in October 2013. ..