Mooney M.20E Super 21
This was perhaps the best known Mooney in WA, being extensively flown
by its owner, Robin E.
aboriginal settlements in outback areas in the North West of
WA. Originally registered
September 1964 for Australian Mooney agents Kingsford Smith Aviation
Bankstown, the Mooney was sold to Robin Miller in September 1967, and
she had it re-registered
Robin was a nurse
for Government support to
administer oral Sabine vaccine soaked in
sugar cubes to combat polio in remote tribal areas, earning
name "Sugar Bird Lady". As a result, Australia has been free of
polio since 1972. <>Robin
later joined the
RFDS at Perth as an IFR pilot and delivered several Beech twins from
Australia, before being diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Sadly
she died on 7 December 1975,
aged only 35. A 'Sugar Bird Lady' memorial was unveiled at Jandakot
Airport in 1978, featuring
a Mooney painted as VH-REM on a pole. However, this machine is
not her original actual aircraft,
but an airframe that had been used for load structural testing at the
Mooney factory in Kerrville, Texas.
was donated to the memorial and brought to Australia aboard a scheduled
courier USAF C-141
transport. The real.
VH-REM (seen above at Jandakot in
January 1971 in this Geoff Goodall shot)
registered and is
now resident in Queensland.