The third Stinson imported was VH-UKK, this
one purposely built for Airlines of Australia, Ltd.
It was named "City of Townsville"
In 1943 the three 260 hp Lycomings were replaced
two 550 hp
& Whitney Wasp engines, producing the somewhat ugly derivation seen
photo at the foot of this
entry. At this time the type designation was changed to be
In this shot the aircraft is sporting a war-time
fin flash, although in the event, the Stinsons were
never impressed into RAAF
service and were transferred to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd
in 1943. Possibly it was intended that they would be impressed,
but the RAAF
didn't want them.
their safety record wasn't too impressive, even with three engines, let
alone two. In fact,
monkeying around with the
original design that went on, and knowing how fussy DCA were
days with weights and balances, c's of g., etc., I
am surprised that these conversions were
issued with C's of A, but
there you are, one can never outguess bureaucracy.
immediately below is via Bruce