Aviation Heritage Vol. 54 No. 2 (June 2023) Contents Listing

The latest quarterly AHSA journal – Aviation Heritage – has recently been posted to members. The contents of all articles are listed below:

Aviation Heritage Volume 54, Number 2, June 2023

47 The Arrivals: H. Bertram and A. Klausman by Neil Follett: Details of the flight by Hans Bertram (pilot) and Adolf Klausman (mechanic) departing Germany 29 February 1932 and arriving on the Kimberley coast 15 May 1932 in their Junkers W.33 D-1925 “Atlantis”. After landing on the coast the aviators were missing for 40 days before being rescued.

50 The Starters: C.T.P. Ulm, G. Littlejohn and J.L. Skilling by Neil Follett: Brief details of the attempted flight by Charles Ulm, George Littlejohn and Leon Skilling from Oakland, California to Australia. The aircraft departed on 3 December 1934 but was lost without trace en route to Honolulu on 4 December 1934.

51 Memorial Page: Tolga, Queensland by Neil Follett: Memorial at Tolga, Queensland to the victims of the crash of Cessna 500 (twin jet) which crashed on 11 May 1990. Those who died included councillors from Herberton Shire (H. Rankine, OAM, Chairman; G.G. Luxton and E.A. Phillips, Shire Clerk), Eacham Shire (J.F. Newman and H.F.G. Wallace), Atherton Shire (J.I.T. Wilkinson OAM, DFC), Cairns City (K. Goodwin, Mayor and R. Blank) and Douglas Shire (B.H. Riedweg) returning from a North Queensland local government conference at Airlie Beach, along with Sister Nadia Del Popolo RSM and pilot S.J. Lindgren).

53 Sidney David Marshall MBE (Part 3) by Greg Banfield: Part 3 of an extended interview of Sid Marshall by Greg Banfield. Covering his time after returning to Papua New Guinea working for Guinea Airways and Holden’s Air Transport Service; his return to Sydney in October 1935 working for Intercity Airways, Western & Southern Provincial Airlines; journey from Sydney to Rabaul in Tugan Gannet VH-UYE flying journalists to cover the volcano eruption in May 1937 (from October 1934 to August 1937). Personalities mentioned include the Vidgen family of Cape York, Orm Denny of Guinea Airways, Mrs Flora “Ma” Stewart of Wau, Archdale Parkhill, Charles Gatenby, Tommy McDonald, Eric Chater, Tom O’Dea, Jack Turner, Bill Taylor, C.H. Scott, Harry Purvis, Frank Noonan, Amelia Earhart and Lady Casey.

61 Bendigo, Victoria Air Pageant 3 March 1964 by Neil Follett: Photographs and details of the aircraft attending the Air Pageant at Bendigo on 3 March 1964.

64 IPEC Aviation by Roger McDonald: A short history of IPEC Aviation, from its beginning chartering DC-3 aircraft in 1963 until its closure by Mayne Nickless in 1993. Including colour photographic coverage of Douglas DC-3, Bristol Freighter, Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft.

70 The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Constructors Number Conundrum by Richard Hourigan: A treatise on the constructor’s numbers issued for aircraft produced by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. Describes how constuctor’s numbers were allocated, types and locations of identification plates, component modification plates and the production batch numbering system. Includes photographs of numerous identification plates and provides a table of CAC contract numbers and respective constructor’s numbers. Hourigan also discusses why there were gaps and inconsistencies in the sequences of constructor’s numbers and C/N lists issued by CAC, as well as the differences within the various CAC aircraft models.

80 I Flew the Last CAC Built Aircraft, A Pazmany PL-4A by Dave Prossor: Description of test-flying the CA-36 Pazmany PL-4A VH-XAP, the last aircraft to come out of the CAC factory, in February 2017 following its restoration by the Moorabbin Air Museum.

82 A Word About Construction Numbers by Geoff Goodall: Further details about construction numbers and a discussion regarding the challenge of ensuring a “clear line of title” when restorers construct new components for antique civil or military aircraft.

83 History of Toowoomba Aerodrome by Roger McDonald: The history of Toowoomba airport, starting from early flights at Clifford Park racecourse in 1928 and from the newly constructed Werrington Park Aerodrome in August 1927. The airport became known as Wilsonton Aerodrome following World War II.

86 Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF.11 Fireflash Missile Trials by Richard Hourigan: Details of the Meteor aircraft used in Fireflash missile trials at the Weapons Research Establishment in Woomera from 1955 to 1960. Including RAF Meteors WM372, WM373 and WM374.