VH-SQI   Beech A36 Bonanza                        (c/n  E-218)

                                      

                                         John Wheatley's shot of this straight tail Bonanza was taken at Alice Springs in 1971.  It was owned
                                         by Gorey & Cole Drillers at the time.     It was still flying forty years on and in November 2012 was
                                         involved in a wheels-up landing at Marymia, WA whilst on a Geraldton Air Charter flight.  The cabin
                                         door had opened in flight and the pilot returned to the strip, failing to lower the gear upon landing again.
                                         Whether this wrote the machine off or not I am not sure.