VH-PGA Piaggio P.166
Built in 1961, this Piaggio was
first delivered to Deutsche Nahluft in Germany as D-INLG.
the Fred Niven collection taken at Frankfort circa December 1961.
It was absorbed into
Air Lloyd's fleet when DNL merged with Air Taxi Gmbh). In 1964
it was sold to Ansett-ANA, arriving
at Essendon in
August of that year. Ostensibly to be used on the Alice Springs -
Ayers Rock run, this
plan was changed shortly after its arrival and it was dispatched to
Queensland to operate the Mackay
Proserpine (the Great Barrier Reef resort port), although it did do a
stint under lease to Airlines of
NSW. Roger McDonald's nice color shot above was at Proserpine,
Queensland in August 1966,
whilst Geoff Goodall's photo No 3 below
was at Adelaide Airport somewhat earlier in October 1964.
In March 1968 VH-PGA was sold to Australian
Piaggio agents Forrester Stephen Aviation at Essendon
for their third level services under the name Commuter Airlines, and
later used for charter work by several
Greg Banfield took the photograph #4 of it at Essendon 7 December 1974
Stephen Aviation titling.
Advertised for sale in an aviation magazine in
June 1980 with the catchy
grand old 10 seater still has a lot of life left in it.", it went on to
two more freight oper-
last being Brolga Air based at Port Macquarie, NSW who planned to carry
NSW north coastal towns. However maintenance costs forced its
retirement, and it was acquired
Stewart of Green Valley Farm, Tingha NSW who has
set the Piaggio up in his farm's children's
The photo of it on the farm (foot of page) was sent to
Roger McDonald by the owner.