VH-RHH  Beech D-35 Bonanza                        (c/n D-3434)


                                    The above shot is from the Daryl Mackenzie collection of Bonanza -RHH at Bankstown in the
                                    1960s, whilst Greg Banfield's nice color representation (below) was at Orange, NSW in Feb
                                    1966.. Note wing tip tanks (probably Osborne manufactured).  Livery is somewhat odd with
                                    orange (or Dayglo?) tip tanks, undercarriage wheel doors and spinner. Although a 1953 model,
                                    it was not registered in Australia until June of 1960, and was previously N2087B.  It was initially
                                    owned by R.H. Hamblin* of Tholloloboy Station, Hillston NSW, who had previously owned the
                                    Proctor VH-BJY and Austers VH-ADT and -KCB..   Press announcements had been made in
                                    April 1960 that Australian Aircraft Sales of Sydney (Honest John Conley) intended to import 28
                                    second-hand Bonanzas from the USA for resale in Oz.         The announcement stated that the
                                    Bonanzas would arrive at fortnightly intervals.   The first of this batch was VH-BBQ followed by
                                    -BBR and -BBT.     VH-RHH was one of the these second-hand imports.  It is still current and
                                    registered to a company in Murwillumbah, NSW.

                                   *  Soon after he got the Bonanza, Hamblin set off on a holiday trip around Australia, and
                                       press reports state that he was at Onslow WA on 8 August 1960 when he flew -RHH
                                       in support of local police searching for a fugitive on a stolen motorcycle 100 miles north
                                       of the town. When they spotted him, Hamlin landed on a rough dirt track to allow the
                                       police to make their arrest