VH-MJO  Republic RC-3 Seabee                               (c/n  416)

                                This was the former VH-WWA acquired by K. E. Olsen of Camden 1965.  He re-registered it with
                                his wife's initials.   It is seen above at Moorabbin in July 1975 in this nice shot by John Hopton display-
                                ing a really gaudy colour scheme while operating shark patrols along Melbourne's beaches for radio
                                station 3DB.   Geoff Goodall's photo (below) was taken earlier in January 1967 when the aircraft was
                                half way through a repaint.     Olsen later sold the Seabee to Australian aviation adventurer Gregory
                                R. Board when he returned to live in Sydney after 10 years in Asia and the USA flying military disposal
                                heavy prop aircraft on clandestine ventures.   Greg Board kept the Seabee moored at a jetty at his house
                                in Church Point, and commuted in it to Camden where he established several new companies flying
                                survey and charters with Norseman and Piaggio P166 equipment.  In 1972 MJO was sold to Bill Suhr's
                                Peninsula Air Services at Moorabbin and became a well known sight flying beach shark patrols in gaudy
                                color schemes and named "The Flying Tadpole".    Bill eventually sold it and several owners later it  wound
                                up with Pacific Air Services at Honiara, Solomon Islands as H4-HSD.   Returning to Australia in 1999 it
                                became VH-WET, residing at Mackay, although I believe it then had problems in getting a new CofA.