I found this photo hiding in my files – it was taken c1971 by my good mate Ron Dredge. It shows ‘IVI after repaint but before Ray Whitbread used it as a mobile billboard for his business. I always preferred it in this original scheme, but the aeroplane had to pay its way – it was too expensive to operate otherwise.
Below:- Ray’s paint scheme was way better than the previous one – sort of a yucky yellow… (Bankstown 1970).
Below:- ‘IVI’s instrument panel as delivered. No frills ex-military, in contrast to the seat which had been replaced by a comfortable one from a Beech Debonair.
Below:- 27 litres of thunder – ‘IVI’s Merlin uncowled.
Fairey Firefly, Nowra c1980.
Ha! Found it! These pics were taken at Navy Air Day, HMAS Albatross, Nowra NSW on Sunday May 4th 1980 – back in the days when Australia had a proper Naval air arm instead of a bunch of eggbeaters.
I have a personal fondness for piston power, but there were a couple of interesting jets at the air show as well. First, of course, is the ex-VNAF, ex-VPAF Cessna A-37B Dragonfly VH-DLO.
A heavily-muscled descendant of the Cessna T-37 “Tweety Bird” trainer, the Dragonfly was a very impressive counter-insurgency aircraft.
The other jet was a rather less aggressive visitor – ex-RSAF SIAI-Marchetti S.211 trainer VH-DZJ.
Nice looking little jet – although it could do with a tidier paint job – and the single turbofan makes it remarkably quiet for a military aircraft.