VH-RTJ Piper PA-24-260 Comanche B
I assume that this Comanche was originally
owned by Murchison Air Services, since it is registered
in that company's -RT series, although it had been sold off when Danny
Tanner took the above shot
Essendon in March 1979. The intrepid Danny saw it again (below) out on
the grass at Adelaide's
Parafield Airport in November 1985. A 1966 model, -RTJ was first
registered in Australia in March
recently (2017) heard from Lex Macqueen who indicates that in 1979 it
was bought by the
Chemist in Monto, Queensland, a Mr. Davis. Apparently the wheels
folded on landing at Brisbane
International one day in June 1979 (that must have been embarrassing)
Davis quit flying!
(Lex carried on with it until 1982,
however, including the test flying after the incident!).
re-registered VH-MAS (the original owners of the
VH-Ma-series, Mandated Airlines, having
long gone by then). . Anyway,
Phil Vabre saw it as VH-MAS (image below) at a
Fly-In at Boort,
Victoria in April 2006, replete with wing tip tanks.