VH-MJE  Beech D-17S                                                   (c/n  4922)


                                    VH-MJE was the ex RAF Beech UC-43 Traveler FZ432, civilianized in 1947 as G-AJJJ. 
                                    It was exported to Australia in December of 1952.  Greg Banfield's shot above shows it at
                                    Mascot in August 1966       Barry Maclean took a shot of it at Avalon in the 1990s after it
                                    had received the stunning (and original) red paint job (below).  After 46 years in Australia
                                    it was sold in South Africa in 1998 as ZS-OIX.  I contacted Paul Treleven in South Africa
                                    who kindly sent me the nice air-to-air shot of ZS-OIX (bottom of page) that he took over
                                    the Hartbeespoort Dam near Pretoria in 2005.  The camera aircraft was a Cessna 210.