VH-SAD Auster J/1 Autocrat
The above photo, from the Geoff Goodall collection, was taken at
Bankstown in August 1966.
Originally G-AJIX, this Auster came out
to Australia in late 1951 and became VH-AQN. Then
VH-AQO and finally in
July 1955 was re-registered VH-SAD when acquired by Somerset Airways.
The reproduction below from the Roger
collection, was excerpted from a a travel maga-
zine and, blurry
though it is, shows VH-SAD at Lindeman Island in 1956.
Somerset provided air
service to the
island from its base at Mackay. Withdrawn from use in 1973,
it languished some-
where (New Zealand) until February 2017, when it reappeared back in the
U.K.as G-AJIX again.