VH-MPO Callair A-9A Quail
This Callair has probably had more
crashes and rebuilds than any other of its ilk on the Australian
Soon after being registered to Pay & Williamson Pty Ltd of Scone,
NSW, it had its first
accident.. Testament that it was nicely repaired is the photo
above from the Geoff Goodall
collection showing it at
Bankstown in August 1966 ready to return to cropsraying
on 14 January
1967 it it crashed again, this time on take-off near Wee Waa, NSW.
had stalled at tree top height in an overloaded configuration.
The pilot failed to jettison the load
and the result is
shown in Geoff's second image, immediately below, taken at Scone in
Strong though the pilot's
cage was he did, nevertheless, sustain serious injuries. VH-MPO
uished at Scone
then for a number of years and was re-added to the register in August
Following two or three more accidents
and rebuilds, it spent time with Superspread (Leafair P/L)
at Moorabbin between
1984 and 1989. In 1990 it joined the Gliding Club of Victoria at
as a tug.
At the bottom of the page is a photo from the Ken Tilley collection
taken at Benalla, Vic
of 2000. It is still current and registered to a private owner in
the Melbourne area.