VH-PND Piaggio P.166
Nice shot of a Patair Piaggio taken at
Jackson's Strip, Port Moresby, New Guinea in December
Newell Bell (via the John Hopton collection). This
aircraft was previously VH-PAR
delivered to Papuan Air Transport directly from Italy in June 1961 as a
crashed VH-PAU. It was re-registered VH-PND a month later.
It was withdrawn from
service in 1970, and went to General Aviation Air Freighters Pty. Ltd
of Jannali, NSW.
finally withdrawn from active service in December 1976 and
scrapped at Banks-
the end of 1983. The two photos below are by Greg Banfield
and were both taken at
the upper shot, taken ion 16 January 1972 the rego is barely
discernible on the
fairing, being painted in black on red (I wonder why they didn't use
white?). Also, was
a remnant of its Patair service? The rego clarity situation
had been rectified by September
1974 when the
lower shot was taken. It was probably still on General's
books at that time.