VH-PAR  Piper PA-24-250 Comanche                    (c/n  24-1125)


                                 A  golfer's aircraft at one time, perhaps?    A 1959 model, this was first registered VH-DMA
                                 with Muir Airlines of Darwin, NT in September 1959.  It was damaged in a crash in October
                                 1963 and, when rebuilt, emerged as VH-PAR and then sold to Wilson Tuckey of Carnarvon,
                                 WA, a hotel publican and career Federal politician.  When sold by Tuckey it was on its delivery
                                 flight to a new owner in Perth on 8 January 1970 when it had a midair collision while in the circuit
                                 with VH-RWA, a Royal Aero Club of WA Beech Musketeer.  The Musketeer was able to land
                                 but the Comanche lost its starboard wing and crashed, injuring the occupants.  The shot above,
                                 by Bob Neate, shows it at Orange, NSW in November 1963, while Geoff Goodall's image (below)
                                 shows the remains of it in the DCA compound at Jandakot Airport, Perth soon after the accident.