Last updated 5.10.16

AUSTRALIAN IMCO CALLAIR A-9 & B-1


A listing compiled by Geoff Goodall

    

                CallAir A-9A VH-MPR at Tygalgah Qld in September 1976, fitted with a seed spreader.                                                                               Photo by Mike Vincent



                25 CallAir A-9As were imported into Australia in the mid-1960s through the distributor South West Pacific Aircraft Co, Bankstown which was an associate company of Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd. All these aircraft were new production examples, although some had US registrations allocated.


Eight years after the last CallAirs were imported in 1966, a second-hand CallAir A-9B model (originally marketed as the "Super A-9" ) VH-MPT arrived in 1974 for an established WA agricultural operator.  However, because of structural differences with the A-9A, the Department of Transport Airworthiness Branch required costly full new-type certification. After a lengthy stand-off, the compromise was to modify the A-9B to A-9A configuration.


The CallAir story goes back to the 1930s when Reuel Call was flying his Curtiss Junior in the high mountain country of Wyoming. He considered building his own aircraft that would perform well over terrain up to 6,000 feet, and built a workshop at the small town of Afron, Wyoming. With his uncle, engineer Ivan Call, they designed and built a low wing side-by-side aircraft which gained CAA certification as the CallAir A-3 in December 1941. With USA joining the war that same month, all development of the A-3 was shelved and Call Aircraft Company survived financially on military contract work repairing damaged training aircraft.  In the early postwar aviation boom, Call Aircraft began A-3 production but sales were disappointing against the mass production models by Aeronca, Cessna and Piper. In November 1953 Californian aerial agriculture operator Herb Anderson bought into the company: the A-3 was modified for cropdusting and spraying, going into production as the CallAir A-4 and enjoying sales success within USA. Other low-wing utility and agricultural aircraft deisgns followed.

In November 1959 a CallAir distributor from Texas took over the company, sacked the Directors and produced a new type named Texan which was a sales failure. This forced Callair Aircraft into receivership, but the business was reorganised in February 1962 by Herb Anderson and Carl petersen who had been with the original company since 1939, with new name Intermountain Manufacturing Company - IMCO.  Redesign work resulted in the new model CallAir A-9 agricultural aircraft gaining FAA certification that same year on 9 November 1962. The Afton factory had been renovated for full scale building of the A-9 and the first production aircraft came off the line on 18 January 1963 and forty were delivered that first year.


The CallAir was of similar configuration to the Piper PA-25 Pawnee, both using the 235 hp Lycoming O-540 engine. It was of mixed construction of fabric covered steel tube fuselage and spruce wings. The A-9A was marketed in Australia as the lowest priced US agricultural aircraft then in production. Major differences to the Pawnee were the wooden wings designed to shear in an accident, and the fuel tanks in the wings rather than fuselage. Of the many Australian agricultural CallAir accidents, only one resulted in the death of the pilot (VH-APW).


The first CallAir imported to Australia was A-9A VH-FBS which reached Sydney 20 May 1964 as deck cargo on the ship Sierra.  It was the 61st production A-9 series, and was taken to Bankstown for assembly in the Aerial Agriculture hangar. Nine more were assembled before December that year.


Two of the larger scaled-up CallAir B-1 model were imported by the agents in 1966, VH-BEB and VH-BEC. The cockpit seated two side by side, and it was powered by a 425 hp Lycoming IO-720 driving a 3 bladed constant speed propeller. Their arrival coincided with a significant slump in the aerial agriculture business in Australia and their higher operating costs resulted in neither being sold. Both were exported the following year.


Meanwhile IMCO was purchased by Rockwell International in 1967, as part of a plan to buy out smaller manufacturers who were already successful marketing their own products. Rockwell also took over Snow, Volaire, Meyers and Aero Commander during this period. Rockwell soon dropped the bigger models B-1 and B-1A in favour of Leland Snow's S-2 series, which it had acquired by the purchase of Snow Aeronautical Co. The A-9 was renamed the Sparrow Commander and the Afton plant was closed down and production moved to Albany, Georgia. A more powerful A-9 Super with a 290 hp Lycoming was marketed under the name Quail Commander.


A-9 production moved to Mexico in 1971 in a joint venture with Mexican aircraft manufacturer Aeronáutica Agrícola Mexicana SA (AAMSA) where it was renamed A-9B-M Quail. The last A-9s were produced in 1984. 


Australian CallAirs listed in order of Australian registration:


  A-9A                             c/n  1061                                                                                                                                                                                   VH-FBS

27.3.64 Construction date at Afton, Wyoming by IMCO
3.64 Registered N9671Z

This was the first CallAir imported to Australia.
20.5.64 Arrived Sydney docks as deck cargo on the ship Sierra.

Assembled Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
3.6.64 Registered VH-FBS Super Spread Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd, Moorabbin vic
3.6.64 Delivery date to Super Spread, Moorabbin ex Aerial Agriculture
12.6.64 noted Wagga, refuelled enr oute to Moorabbin
20.6.64 noted Moorabbin, plate 1061 built 27.3.64. Allover yellow with black flash, Super Spread titles
- Change of ownership: Super Spread Aviation (SA) Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
13.2.65 noted Parafield in service with Robby’s
1.66 Robby’s have 4 CallAirs in service: FBS, MPB, MPI, MPJ.
9.2.66 FBS overnighted at Adelaide Airport, Super Spread
15.3.66 Change of ownership: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
10.9.66 noted Parafield
11.66 noted Parafield “Robby’s” titles, yellow
20.7.67 Starboard undercarriage separated from aircraft due to a weld failure just before lift-off from strip at Bool Lagoon SA. Takeoff abandoned and ground-looped.
25.11.70
agricultural operations at Camballin WA

Change of ownership: Flemington Central Spares Pty Ltd, Parafield t/a Robby’s Aerial
21.1.72 Change of ownership: Flemington Truck Sales Pty Ltd, Parafield t/a Robby’s Aerial
18.9.72 Damaged in accident Yongala NT. Abandoned takeoff, struck several sheep before running through a fence. Sunstantial damage.
18.11.73 Damaged in accident Goolwa SA
23.8.74 noted Parafield, white with "Robby’s" titles
29.3.77 Change of ownership: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
30.6.77 Struck-off Register as owner’s request
21.7.78 Readded Register: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
21.6.79 Change of ownership: Aviation Industries Pty Ltd t/a Robby’s Aerial, Parafield SA
14.2.83 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
24.6.83 Readded Register: Aviation Industries Pty Ltd t/a Robby’s Aerial, Parafield SA
26.7.84 Change of ownership: Aviation Industries Pty Ltd t/a Aerial Agriculture, Bankstown NSW
1.11.84 Change of ownership: Aviation Industries Pty Ltd t/a Airag Services, Bankstown NSW
26.3.86 Change of ownership: Leafair Pty Ltd t/a Super Spread Aviation, Moorabbin Vic
5.4.86 noted Deniliquin NSW, stored in hangar with APC, MPN, MPO all Superspread
9.8.86 noted at Moorabbin, blue & white paint scheme, no titles, at Superior Aviation hangar
12.8.86 noted at Moorabbin
1.9.87 Change of ownership: Grampians Soaring Club Inc, Ararat Vic
24.9.91
noted at Ararat Vic, no titles, non-factory yellow paint scheme
20.11.01
VH-FBS noted at Bendigo Gliding Club airstrip near Bendigo Vic, operating as glider tug. Owned by Grampians Soaring Club at Ararat.
5.1.02
VH-FBS noted at Port Fairy Vic, glider towing
3.16
Change of ownership: Mark J. Paterson, Penguin Tasmania t/a Lumpy Paterson Contracting Pty Ltd
16
Callairs VH-FBS and VH-MPO owned by Lumpy Paterson are based at Tocumwal NSW as glider tugs

Current

       

                VH-FBS at Parafield November 1966.                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Geoff Goodall

                 

               Moorabbin August 1986.                                                                                                                                                                   Geoff Goodall collection                        




  A-9A                             c/n  1068                                                                                                                                                                VH-MSU

30.4.64 Construction date at Afton, Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allotted N3559G on production line: Not Taken Up

Testflown with tradeplate registration N225
.64 Shipped to Australia
3.7.64 noted Bankstown in Aerial Agriculture hangar, allover yellow, plate 1068, with MPB
3.7.64 Testflown Bankstown at 5pm following assembly
3.7.64 Registered VH-MSU: Marshall's Spreading & Spraying Service, Albury NSW
3.8.64 Delivery date to Marshall's Spreading Service, Albury ex Aerial Agriculture
13.9.64 noted Albury, yellow, plate 1068 built 30.4.64
3.12.64 noted Albury, yellow
9.3.65 noted Albury
19.4.65 noted Albury
2.10.65 Damaged when ran through a fence after failing to become airborne on takeoff run. DCA investigation suspected the cause was ice build-up on the wings. Pilot P. J. Benton was unhurt.
27.3.66 noted Albury, plate 1068
13.12.66 noted Albury
13.5.67 noted Albury “Marshall’s Spreading Service, Albury” titles, yellow
29.8.67 noted Albury
3.3.68 noted Albury
8.3.69 noted Albury
25.8.69 Crashed while spraying at Bundalong Vic. Struck a tree and crashed during spraying operations near Yarrawonga Vic. Aircraft destroyed and pilot J. McKinlay sustained serious injuries.
25.8.69 Struck-off Register

         

                VH-MSU at Albury NSW September 1964.                                                                                                                        Photo by Bob Neate




  A-9A                               c/n  1074                                                                                                                                                                          VH-APC

28.5.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allotted US Registration N3565G on production line: Not taken Up
.64 Shipped to Australia

Assembled Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
15.9.64 Registered VH-APC: Queensland Airplanters Pty Ltd, Bundaberg Qld
17.9.64 Delivery date to Queensland Airplanters ex Aerial Agriculture
30.8.66 noted Bundaberg with Airplanters, with MPK
30.12.67 noted Bundaberg with MPJ
7.10.71 noted Bundaberg "Airplanters" titles, in service
11.5.73 noted Bundaberg
7.73 noted Bundaberg "Airplanters" titles, spraybars
6.8.74 noted Bundaberg
13.8.74 noted Bundaberg
15.10.74 Change of ownership: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
26.7.75 noted Moorabbin, reportedly with Super Spread
21.3.76 visited Berwick Vic airshow, Super Spread
23.8.76 noted Moorabbin
11.4.79 Damaged in accident Nimmitabel NSW
29.5.79 noted Cootamundra NSW, faded factory yellow, no titles, in service as sprayer
18.6.79 noted Moorabbin, plate: A-9A 1074 built 5-28-64
1.7.84 Change of ownership: Leafair Pty Ltd t/a Super Spread Australia, Moorabbin Vic
5.4.86 noted Deniliquin NSW, stored in hangar with FBS, MPN, MPO all Superspread
1.4.88 noted Deniliquin NSW, with MPN, MPO
24.6.88 Change of ownership: NPE Pty Ltd t/a Euroa Soaring Centre, Euroa Vic
8.11.92
noted at Moorabbin, no titles
13.4.94 Change of ownership: P. J. Johnson, Benalla Vic
7.2.99 Damaged in accident Waikerie SA
12.1.90 noted Benalla Vic.
25.2.90
noted at Ballarat Vic, white with orange band on tail
9.12.05 Change of ownership: Colin L. Webster, Avenel Vic, later Chidlow WA
14.1.09 noted Benalla, white with blue & tan trim, glider tug

Current


        

         VH-APC at Bundaberg Qld 1967.                                                                                                                             Geoff Goodall collection


      

          Cootamundra NSW, May 1979.                                                                                                                               Photo: Roger McDonald collection




  A-9A                             c/n 1097                                                                                                                                                              VH-APW

.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allocated N3588G on production line: Not Taken Up
.64 Shipped to Australia
.64 Assembled Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
14.10.64 Registered VH-APW: Queensland Airplanters Pty Ltd, Childers Qld
16.10.64 Delivery date to Queensland Airplanters ex Aerial Agriculture
22.2.65 Crashed, destroyed by fire Wallaville Qld. 
Accident occurred while spraying sugar cane in the early morning.
Pilot Sidney H. Jones killed. Pilot's experience was 3,386 hours with only 3 on type.
DCA accident report:
"While spraying a field the aircraft struck and severed a power line which the pilot had not observed during his aerial inspection. The power line became entangled with the aircraft which was pulled to the ground and destroyed by impact and subsequent fire."
22.2.65 Struck-off Register

                                         VH-APW at Bankstown October 1964.                                                                                                                        Photo:  Geoff Goodall collection




  A-9A                              c/n 1063                                                                                                                                                                   VH-MPA, VH-AZE

7.4.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Registered N8297H
.64 Shipped to Australia
.64 Assembled at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
6.6.64 Delivery date to Robby’s, Parafield ex Aerial Agriculture
9.6.64 Registered VH-MPA: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
1.7.64 noted Parafield in Robby’s hangar, no company name on fuselage
28.6.64 noted Parafield in Robby’s hangar
12.9.64 noted Parafield
7.10.64 noted Parafield, Robby’s
18.1.65 noted Parafield with Robby’s: MPA, MPB, MPD
13.2.65 noted Parafield in service with Robby’s
21.5.65 Change of ownership: Custom Credit Corp Ltd, Hay Street, Perth WA
Operated: Western Aerial Services, Cunderdin WA
30.10.65 noted Cunderdin, “Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin” titles
17.4.66 noted Jandakot, with MPD
22.1.67 noted Jandakot, yellow
14.9.67 noted Cunderdin, with MPD, MPG
8.6.68 noted Cunderdin, “Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin” titles, with MPD, MPG
17.10.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPD, MPG
2.12.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPD, MPG
14.1.70 noted Cunderdin, with MPD, MPG
30.5.70 noted Cunderdin
10.4.71 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
9.10.71 noted Jandakot, at AGA hangar
13.11.71 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
26.12.71 noted Jandakot, outside AGA hangar “Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin” titles
1.2.72 Change of ownership: K.W. Forrest, Kununurra WA
24.4.72 Ground-looped and nosed over at Kununurra WA
24.4.73 Change of ownership: Adelaide Soaring Club Inc, Gawler SA
27.4.73 noted Parafield, 'K.W. & R. F. Forrest, Kununurra" titles
28.4.73 noted Parafield
9.73 noted Gawler, new paint scheme, no titles, glider tug
1.75 Noted Gawler
2.5.76 Damaged in accident Gawler SA
11.3.79 noted Gawler
14.4.79 noted Gawler
24.4.80 noted Gawler
2.8.80 noted Gawler
8.11.80 noted Parafield
18.4.81 noted Gawler
9.1.82 Damaged in accident Adelaide SA
20.1.82 noted Parafield
31.1.82 noted Noarlunga SA
20.6.82 Damaged in accident Gawler SA
17.3.95 Rereg VH-AZE: Adelaide Soaring Club Inc, Gawler SA
9.97
Advertised for sale: “CallAir A9A VH-AZE 1964. Total time 6,936 hours, same owner last 24 years, glider/banner tug aircraft. $20K or near offer.”
19.12.97
Change of ownership: Dunn's Aviation, Geraldton WA
This long established aerial ag operator in WA had used CallAirs earlier
4.3.03 Change of ownership: Air Bentley Pty Ltd, Terang Vic
1.3.04 Change of ownership: R. F. Cameron, Inverell NSW operated by Lake Keepit Gliding Club, Tamworth NSW                 
1.10.09
Struck-off Register

       

Cunderdin WA July 1968, factory yellow.                                                                                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall

       

               Gawler SA, January 1975 with Adelaide Soaring Club as a glider tug.                                                                                        Photo by Mike Madden



  A-9A                               c/n 1067                                                                                                                                                              VH-MPB

24.4.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allotted N3558G on production line: Not Taken Up

Testflown with tradeplate registration N225
.64 Shipped to Australia
.64 Assembled at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture.
3.7.64 noted Bankstown in Aerial Agriculture hangar, allover yellow, plate 1067, with MSU
15.7.64 Delivery date to Super Spread, Moorabbin ex Aerial Agriculture
15.7.64 Registered VH-MPB: Super Spread Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd, Moorabbin
22.7.64 noted Moorabbin, plate 1067, built 24.4.64. All over yellow with black trim.
24.9.64 noted Parafield, Super Spread
7.10.64 noted Parafield, Super Spread
18.1.65 noted Parafield with Robby’s: MPA, MPB, MPD
13.2.65 noted Parafield “Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd” titles, standard yellow scheme, in service with Robby’s
21.5.65 Change of ownership: Custom Credit Corp Ltd, Hay Street, Perth WA
23.8.65 Change of ownership: Super Spread Aviation (SA) Pty Ltd, Parafield
31.12.65 noted Parafield, with Robby’s
1.1.66 noted Parafield, with Robby’s
1.66 Robby’s have 4 CallAirs in service: FBS, MPB, MPI, MPJ.
15.3.66 Change of ownership: Robby’s Aerial Service Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
10.9.66 noted Parafield, with Robby’s
28.5.67 noted Jandakot, reported as Robby’s on loan to a local firm
21.6.67 Change of ownership: I. L. & B. Dunn, Albany WA
23.7.67 noted Jandakot, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles , with MPH
20.9.67 noted Jandakot
7.10.67 noted Jandakot
7.68 noted Jandakot, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles
8.8.69 Crashed when struck power lines near Kondut WA
DCA accident report: "After receiving a sketch plan of the area to be sprayed, the pilot made an aerial inspection and noted the position of power lines. He then made nine spraying runs which involved pulling up over a power line which crossed the paddock approximately one third of the distance along the spray runs. On the tenth spray run the pilot allowed his attention to be temporarily distracted through watching a marker change to a corrected position. When he again gave his attention to the flight path he became aware that the power line was immediately ahead and at the same height as the aircraft. He attempted to climb the aircraft, but the wires became hooked on the tail wheel assembly. The aircraft decelerated rapidly and contacted the ground on the port main wheel and wingtip."
Pilot Neal D. Williams unhurt, operator Wongan-Ballidu Aviation, Ballidu WA
11.10.69 noted Jandakot, dismantled fuselage in Simpson Aviation hangar, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles
31.1.70 noted Jandakot, dismantled in Simpson Aviation hangar
7.3.70 noted Jandakot, rebuild completed in Simpson hangar
30.3.70 noted Jandakot, main parking area, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles
25.4.70 noted Jandakot, main parking area
13.9.70 noted Jandakot
16.2.71 Badly damaged in forced landing due engine failure, Green Range, 33 miles east of Albany WA. Pilot Harold Summerfield not injured.
16.2.71 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
3.5.71 noted Jandakot, under repair in Westralian Aviation hangar after crash
9.5.71 noted Jandakot, dismantled in Bernies Aviation hangar, moved from Westralian hangar
4.7.71 noted Jandakot, under rebuild in Bernies hangar
27.3.72 Restored to Register: I. L. Dunn, Perth. Based Ballidu WA
2.2.73 noted Jandakot, parked at Bernies, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists”
22.8.73 Damaged in accident Ballidu WA
5.9.73 Struck power line while spraying at Kirwan, near Ballidu WA, landed safely
26.9.73 noted Jandakot inside Bernies hangar
16.5.74 Damaged in accident 30 miles NE of Albany WA while on spraying operations: starboard undercarriage leg collapsed on landing. Pilot J. Harris, Owner I. L. Dunn
25.5.74 noted Jandakot, outside Bernies hangar
2.6.74 noted Jandakot, outside Bernies hangar “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles, in service
15.6.74 noted Jandakot, outside Bernies hangar “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles, in service
15.9.74 noted Ballidu, poor condition, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles
15.8.75 noted Ballidu, poor condition, tailwheel removed, faded “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles
26.9.76 noted Ballidu, yellow, "Dunn’s Aviation" titles
17.10.76 Visited airshow Northam WA, repainted yellow, “Dunn’s Aviation, Ballidu” titles
2.4.77 visited airshow RAAF Pearce
10.1.78 Change of ownership: M. L. Dunn, Albany WA
14.4.79 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
30.5.79 VH-MPB noted Cunderdin parked outside with Dunn's PA-25 VH-CPV
10.4.80 noted Cunderdin: MPB, MPD, MPG, MPT all very dirty
10.6.80 Restored to Register: Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Perth
14.10.80 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
26.6.81 Change of ownership: Waspray Pty Ltd, Perth
(same address as Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd)
16.10.81 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
8.7.85
VH-MPB noted at Cunderdin WA, parked in hangar with Callairs VH-MPG and VH-MPU

        

                VH-MPB at Parafield in February 1965.                                                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall

        

               VH-MPB at Northam WA October 1976.                                                                                                                                  Photo by Geoff Goodall



  A-9A                              c/n 1071                                                                                                                                                                     VH-MPC

8.5.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allocated N3562G on production line: Not Taken Up
.64 Testflown with trade-plate registration N225
.64 Shipped to Australia
17.7.64 noted Bankstown in Aerial Agriculture hangar, under assembly, allover yellow, plate 1071, with MPD. Both were completed by the end of the month.
24.7.64 Registered VH-MPC Super Spread Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
29.7.64 Delivery date to Super Spread, Moorabbin ex Aerial Agriculture
29.7.64 noted Wagga, refuelled on delivery flight to Moorabbin. Yellow & black.
29.7.64 noted Moorabbin, plate 1070, built 8.5.64.
28.1.65 noted Moorabbin, titles "Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd"
2.65 noted Moorabbin, titles "Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd"
3.67 noted Moorabbin, no titles, spraybars, Super Spread titles painted over
1.7.68 noted Caldwell NSW in service spraying, with Super Spread loader truck
29.9.70 Change of ownership: S. R. Robertson, Melbourne Vic
21.5.73 noted Berwick Vic, ag aircraft
12.9.75 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
13.10.75 Restored to Register: S. R. Robertson, Melbourne Vic
19.6.76 noted Moorabbin, Robertson Air Services
23.8.76 noted Moorabbin
13.9.76 noted Moorabbin, with Robertson Air Services Cessna Agwaggon VH-IRS
3.12.76 noted Moorabbin
9.12.76 noted Moorabbin "Robertson Air Services Pty Ltd" titles, spraybars
18.6.77 noted Moorabbin
1.9.77 Crashed after takeoff Narromine NSW.
2.9.77 Struck-off Register
4.4.78 noted Dubbo NSW in hangar, crash damaged, dismantled

      

                Moorabbin February 1965.                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Geoff Goodall

       

               Working from an agricultural airstrip near Caldwell NSW, July 1967.                                                                                                     Photo by Geoff Goodall

           

               Berwick Vic in May 1973.                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Roger McDonald




  A-9A                              c/n 1070                                                                                                                                                                              VH-MPD

.64 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allotted N3561G on production line: Not Taken Up

Testflown with tradeplate registration N225
.64 Shipped to Australia
7.64 Assembled at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture.
17.7.64 noted Bankstown in Aerial Agriculture hangar, under assembly, allover yellow, plate 1070, with MPC. Both were completed by the end of the month.
29.7.64 Delivery date to Robby’s, Parafield ex Aerial Agriculture
29.7.64 Registered VH-MPD: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
5.8.64 noted Parafield in Robby’s hangar
7.10.64 noted Parafield, Robby’s
18.1.65 noted Parafield with Robby’s: MPA, MPB, MPD
13.2.65 noted Parafield in service with Robby’s
.65 Change of ownership: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
18.7.65 noted Cunderdin, now with Western Aerial Services. First CallAir to operate in WA
17.4.66 noted Jandakot, with MPA
27.3.67 noted Jandakot "Western Aerial Services, Cunderdin" titles
30.7.67 noted Jandakot , with MPH
2.9.67 noted Jandakot , with MPH
14.9.67 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPG
8.6.68 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPG
17.10.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPG
2.12.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPG
14.1.70 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPG
25.4.70 noted Jandakot, in main parking area
10.4.71 noted Cunderdin, in WAS hangar
3.9.71 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
11.10.71 noted Cunderdin, in WAS hangar, “Western Aerial Services” titles, spraybars
13.11.71 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
24.12.71 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
28.12.71 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
22.6.72 arrived Jandakot, from south
23.6.72 departed Jandakot for Bindoon for ag work in area
1.8.73 departed Jandakot for Northam
13.9.73 departed Jandakot for Brookton
31.1.74 noted Cunderdin, in WAS hangar, “Western Aerial Services” titles, with MPG
10.7.75 noted Cunderdin, refuelled and took off
10.11.75 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
3.1.76 noted Cunderdin
26.5.76 noted Kellerberrin WA “Western Aerial Services” titles, spraybars
4.7.76 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
17.11.76 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
6.7.77 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
29.10.79 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
10.4.80 noted Cunderdin: MPB, MPD, MPG, MPT all very dirty
27.6.80 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Perth WA
14.10.80 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
7.7.81 Readded Register: Waspray Pty Ltd, Perth WA
2.11.81 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
9.6.82 Readded Register: Waspray Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
11.10.84 Change of ownership: Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
11.10.84 Change of ownership: M. A. Slater t/a Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
18.12.84 Change of ownership: M. L. Dunn, Albany WA
13.8.87 noted Ballidu with MPU, both white & yellow "Dunns" titles
25.8.87 Change of ownership: N. I. Dunn, Perth WA
29.10.87 noted Cunderdin
23.3.89 J. H. Forrest, Hyden WA
22.10.89 Damaged at Holt Rock WA.  The pilot was taxiing for take-off from an agricultural strip when one main landing gear leg struck a
tree stump, which was hidden by long grass, and collapsed.
20.5.94 Change of ownership: Forbes Aviation Pty Ltd, Forbes NSW
6.1.00 Change of ownership: J. S. Rodda, Kingaroy Qld
6.1.00 Change of ownership: M. R. Hubble, Cairns Qld
6.1.00 Change of ownership: J. S. Rodda, Kingaroy Qld
17.1.00 Damaged in accident Monto Qld
10.3.06 Change of ownership: J. Rodda, Cardwell Qld
4.7.06 Change of ownership: Ian Watson, Bundaberg Qld
13.11.13 Change of ownership: John L. Buchanan, Melbourne Vic

Purchased by John Buchanan as a restoration project without engine. He planned to restore the airframe and install an experimental V8 engine, to become a glider tug at Bacchus Marsh airfield near Melbourne. Progress on the rebuild ceased with the death of its owner in February 2016
8.16
Struck-off Register
9.16
Dismantled airframe stored at Bacchus Marsh Vic since John Buchanan’s death.
Airframe described as mostly complete except for the engine and engine cowls. Some work on restoration has been done. Advertised for sale as a restoration project or for parts


          

                VH-MPD at Kellerberrin WA May 1976.                                                                                                                                      Photo by Geoff Goodall




  A-9A                           c/n 1085                                                                                                                                                                   VH-MPE

17.7.64 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Testflown with trade-plate registration N225
.64 Shipped to Australia
.64 Assembled at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture.
16.9.64 Registered VH-MPE: Super Spread Aviation Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
22.9.64 Delivery date to Super Spread, Moorabbin ex Aerial Agriculture
23.9.64 noted Moorabbin, plate 1085 built 17.7.64
16.1.65 visited airshow Grovedale Vic
28.1.65 noted Moorabbin, “Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd” titles, yellow. Also 2.65, 7.66
12.3.67 visited Managlore Vic airshow
1.7.67 Crashed Casterton Vic.  After a ferry flight, the pilot made a low run to clear the airstrip of livestock when the engine failed due to fiuel exhaustion. During the attempted forced landing, aircraft struck trees and crashed. Pilot R. Embury was not injured.
1.7.67 Struck-off Register
3.7.67 Wreck of MPE arrived Moorabbin on a truck at Super Spread from Casterton
4.11.67 Crash wreck of CallAir noted in Super Spread hangar, Moorabbin. probably MPE

         

               VH-MPE at Moorabbin in July 1966.                                                                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall




  A-9A                              c/n  1107                                                                                                                                                                    VH-MPF

28.5.64 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allocated N8234H on production line : Not taken Up
.64 Shipped to Australia
21.11.64 noted Bankstown just assembled in the Aerial Agriculure hangar, plate 1107. "Aerial Agriculture" titles on the fuselage. Entered service 26.11.64
20.11.64 Registered VH-MPF Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
21.11.64 noted Bankstown with "Aerial Agriculture" titles
26.11.64 Entered service with Aerial Agriculture
9.65 Based at Wagga “Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown” titles, yellow, spraybars
16.7.65 noted Moorabbin, in Super Spread hangar
20.7.65 noted Moorabbin
6.10.66 noted Wagga as a resident
13.11.66 noted Wagga
29.12.67 noted Bankstown "Aerial Agriculture" titles
9.1.68 noted Moorabbin
31.1.68 Change of ownership: Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd, Darwin NT, later Kununurra WA
Ord River Crop Control's aircraft are operated by Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Charles H. Wolf & Stuart A. Skoglund) under a hiring arrangement.
30.1.69
Starboard undercarriage struck a vehicle while spraying 13 miles north of Kununurra and starboard undercarriage collapsed on subsequent landing, Kununurra WA.  Pilot Gary J. Mexted, aged 21 unhurt
DCA accident report: " The pilot briefed the markers on the swathe width only and gave them a sketch map of the area to be sprayed. When airborne, the pilot found that the markers had taken up position in the wrong paddock. The aircraft was landed back at Farm Hill and instructions given to re-direct the markers. Arriving back at the spraying site the pilot saw one marker in position and commenced his spray run over him. At the other end of the field the farmer, who was an experienced marker, left his utility truck at the end of the paddock and stood in front of it to mark for the runs. As the aircraft, flying with its wheels about 18 inches above the ground approached, the farmer moved rapidly to the right of the flight path. The aircraft continued straight ahead and as it commenced to climb at the end of the run its starboard wheel struck the door of the vehicle. The wheel rim, tyre and tube were dislodged and later, while landing at Kununurra aerodrome, the starboard undercarriage collapsed and further damage occurred.
21.2.70 noted Parafield, under overhaul in Robby’s hangar, "Kun-Air" titles
2.5.71 noted Jandakot, outside AGA hangar, “Kun-Air Krop Kontrol” titles, yellow
29.10.73 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
1.8.74 Readded Register: Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd, Perth WA
22.9.75 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
12.10.75 noted Kununurra parked outside Ord River Aircraft Services hangar, no titles, spraybars
7.12.75 noted Kununurra, in service, sprayer, all yellow, no titles
28.6.77 noted Kununurra, in service, sprayer, all yellow, no titles
20.7.77 noted Kununurra
24.8.78 Change of ownership: O.W. & Associates, Darwin NT
5.7.81 Crashed at Batchelor NT.
The aircraft struck a hawk while towing a glider. The bird lodged in the ‘V’ formed by the leading edge wing and strut. The bird disturbed the flow of air over the aileron. Right rudder was applied but the aircraft continued to track left and collided with terrain and was destroyed. The pilot sustained no injuries.
8.7.81 Struck-off Register

      

                VH-MPF on an agricultural airstrip near Wagga NSW 1965.                                                                                                          Photo by Bob Neate

         Jandakot WA May 1971.                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Geoff Goodall

          

               Kununurra WA in February 1975.                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Robert Zweck




  A-9A                            c/n 1113                                                                                                                                                                          VH-TOX

29.10.64 Construction date at Afton, Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allotted US Registration N8240H
.64 Shipped to Australia
12.64 noted Bankstown awaiting assembly in Aerial Agriculture hangar, plate 1113. Due to be completed in January 1965 for T. Fleming of Albury.
14.1.65 Registered VH-TOX:  T. J. Fleming, Albury NSW t/a Grasslands Aviation
18.1.65 VH-TOX noted Bankstown in Aerial Agriculture's hangar, assembly completed, with tiles "Grasslands Aviation.
2.65 Delivered to Albury from Bankstown
14.2.65 noted Albury
9.3.65 noted Albury
19.4.65 noted Albury
5.7.65 Crashed destroyed near Henty NSW. DCA accident report:
"The aircraft collided with a power line and struck the ground in a vertical, nose down attitude. The pilot did not notice the power line during an aerial inspection prior to commencing spraying operations."
Aircraft was destroyed, 7 miles west of Henty. Pilot received minor injuries. Pilot's experience was 3386 hours with only 3 on type.
5.7.65 Struck-off Register



  A-9A                           c/n  1128                                                                                                                                                                   VH-MPG

23.12.64 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64
Allocated N8255H on production line: Not Taken Up

Testflown with trade-plate registration N225
.65 Shipped to Australia
10.3.65 Two CallAirs arrived crated at Aerial Agriculture hangar at Bankstown, plates 1128 built 23.12.64 and 1129 built 24.12.64. Both had N225 hand-painted in green on fuselage.
1.7.65 Registered VH-MPG: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
5.7.65 Change of ownership: Air Culture Pty Ltd, Jandakot WA
11.7.65 noted Jandakot with Air Culture. Plate 1128. Replacement for crashed YA-1 VH-CXQ
14.4.66 Change of ownership: Western Aerial Service Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
20.11.66 noted Jandakot
14.9.67 noted Cunderdin, “Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin” titles, with MPA, MPD
8.6.68 noted Cunderdin “Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin” titles, spraybars, yellow, with MPA, MPD
25.4.69 noted Jandakot
17.10.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPD
2.12.69 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPD
14.1.70 noted Cunderdin, with MPA, MPD
17.5.70 noted Jandakot at Hawker deHavilland hangar
10.4.71 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
3.3.72 Change of ownership: K. E. Hobman, Busselton WA
27.4.72 arrived Jandakot from south
5.72 noted Jandakot “Western Aerial Services, Cunderdin” titles, spraybars, yellow
1.6.72 departed jandakot for Cunderdin
29.9.72 Change of ownership: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
29.10.72 noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar
15.6.73 noted Jandakot at AGA hangar “Western Aerial Services” titles
31.1.74 noted Cunderdin, in WAS hangar, “Western Aerial Services” titles
3.3.74 noted Jandakot on grass, “Western Aerial Services” titles
16.3.74 noted Jandakot “Western Aerial Services, Cunderdin” titles, spraybars, yellow
25.5.74 noted Jandakot parked outside Bernies, “Western Aerial Services, Cunderdin” titles
11.2.75 noted Kellerberrin
10.8.75 noted Beverley, good condition after recently reconditioned
10.11.75 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
26.5.76 noted Kellerberrin
2.7.76 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
25.7.76 noted Kellerberrin, no titles, spraybars, yellow
16.7.76 Damaged in accident, Northam WA
17.11.76 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
6.7.77 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
29.10.79 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
10.4.80 noted Cunderdin: MPB, MPD, MPG, MPT all very dirty
27.6.80 Readded Register: Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
4.10.80 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
13.5.81 Readded Register: Waspray Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
7.81 Crashed Batchelor NT
2.11.81 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
19.7.82 Readded Register: Waspray Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
11.10.84 Change of ownership: M. A. Slater t/a Western Aerial Services (1978) Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
21.12.84 Change of ownership: J. B. Harris, Perth


8.7.85 noted Cunderdin, parked outside. Also at Cunderdin 24.9.85
5.5.86 Change of ownership: R. D. McMahon t/a Red Baron Aviation, Perth
9.86
noted at Jandakot repainted in red and white colour scheme, “The Red Baron Aviation and Advertising Co WA” titles.
Being used to tow advertising banners along Perth beaches. 
14.6.87
noted at Jandakot, same red Red Baron colour scheme
12.11.87 Change of ownership: P. J. Johnson, Euroa Vic
6.12.87 Damaged in accident Euroa Vic
3.4.88 visited airshow at Mangalore Vic, "The Red Baron", red scheme, glider tug
7.10.90 noted Bacchus Marsh Vic, flying as glider tug, faded Red Baron paintwork and titles
29.12.91
noted at Gawler SA, towing gliders
8.1.97 Change of ownership: C. L. Webster, Avenel Vic
2.4.97 Change of ownership: P. J. Johnson, Benalla Vic
5.1.03
noted at Peterborough Vic, reportedly operated by Air Bentley Pty Ltd
22.8.05 Change of ownership: Colin L. Webster, Avenel Vic, later Chidlow WA

Current

      

                      VH-MPG at Jandakot July 1965.                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Merv Prime


      
    
VH-MPG at Jandakot May 1972.                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Geoff Goodall



                     

                       Jandakot March 1974 still with Western Aerial Services.                                                                                                                  Photo by Roger McDonald


               
                       Cunderdin WA in September 1985, now white and yellow with WASpray motif behind the cockpit.                                                            Photo by Geoff Goodall

                     

                       Cropspraying days over, Jandakot 1986 as a banner tower.                                                                                                            Photo by Geoff Goodall




  A-9A                            c/n  1129                                                                                                                                                                       VH-MPH

24.12.64 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.64 Allocated N8256H on production line: Not Taken Up

Testflown with trade-plate registration N225
.65 Shipped to Australia
10.3.65 Two CallAirs arrived crated at Aerial Agriculture hangar at Bankstown, plates 1128 built 23.12.64, and 1129 built 24.12.64.
Both had N225 hand-painted in green on fuselage.
1.7.65 Registered VH-MPH Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
13.7.65 Change of ownership: Super Spread Aviation Pty Ltd, Moorabbin
25.9.65 noted Bendigo Vic
10.12.65 noted Bendigo Vic, no company titles
7.66 noted Moorabbin Vic “Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd” titles
24.8.66 noted Horsham Vic “Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd” titles
1.10.66 noted Horsham Vic
1.5.67 Change of ownership: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
14.6.67 photo at Kununurra, in service as a sprayer
23.7.67 noted Jandakot, parked with MPB
30.7.67 noted Jandakot, parked with MPD
6.8.67 noted Jandakot
2.9.67 noted Jandakot, parked with MPD
12.3.68 Change of ownership: Ian L. & B. Dunn, Ballidu WA
24.3.68 noted Jandakot, no titles
20.8.68 Crashed destroyed near Kondut WA. During the procedure turn at the end of the first spraying run, the aircraft struck power lines, fell to the ground and was destroyed by fire. Pilot was not injured. Aircraft written off.
20.8.68 Struck-off Register due accident
26.5.75 Burnt-out remains of MPH noted on farm dump at Noel Bradford's property "Lough" near Ballidu WA.

VH-MPH at Horsham Vic in August 1966.                                                                                                                                   Photo by Geoff Goodall



  A-9A                             c/n   1171                                                                                                                                                                            VH-MPI

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allocated N3576G on production line: Not Taken Up
.65 Shipped to Australia
19.7.65 Registered VH-MPI: Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
23.7.65 MPI & MPJ delivered to Parafield, both standard yellow and black scheme, "N26B" visible on both
7.9.65 noted Parafield at Robby’s
25.9.65 noted Parafield, "N26B" visible
30.12.65 noted Parafield
1.1.66 noted Parafield, "Robby's" titles
1.66 Robby’s have 4 CallAirs in service: FBS, MPB, MPI, MPJ.
8.66 noted Parafield, no titles, spraybars, parked outside Robby’s hangar
10.9.66 noted Parafield with Robby’s
14.3.67
Minor wing damage at an agricultural strip near Victor Harbour SA. VH-MPI had just touched down on landing when its
port wing was struck by the tailwheel of Robby’s Aerial Services DHC-2 Beaver VH-IDS, which was levelling off for landing.  Callair pilot A. Cathorpe, Beaver pilot F. Schraft: neither pilot saw the other.

.67 Leased to: I. L. & B. Dunn, Ballidu WA
67 noted Jandakot with titles “Wongan Ballidu Aerial Agricultural Specialists
Telephone Ballidu 264  Ian Dunn”
25.4.69 noted Jandakot
4.5.69 noted Jandakot, "Robby's" on port side, “Wongan-Ballidu Aerial Agriculture Specialists” titles on other side of fuselage, yellow
14.10.69 arrived Jandakot, then parked until 22.10.69 when departed for Katanning
12.69 Based Albany with pilot Ian Dunn
13.2.70 Damaged in accident Albany WA
23.2.70 arrived on truck at Jandakot, off-loaded in Simpson Aviation hangar
7.3.70 noted Jandakot, dismantled damaged in Simpson hangar
25.4.70 noted Jandakot, dismantled damaged in Simpson hangar
13.6.70 noted Jandakot, under rebuild in Simpson hangar
13.9.70 noted Jandakot, parked at Bernies hangar
19.7.71 Change of ownership: Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service Pty Ltd, Bunbury WA
11.9.71 noted Bunbury “Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service” titles, yellow
26.1.72 noted Bunbury “Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service” titles, yellow
4.4.73 Damaged in accident Bridgetown WA. Undercarriage collapsed on takeoff from a strip 3 miles west of Bridgetown. Pilot H. Summerfield, operator Bunbury ATD
21.9.73 noted Narrogin,“Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service” titles, yellow
3.11.73 noted Ballidu, “Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service” titles, yellow
16.1.74 noted Jandakot, “Bunbury Aerial Topdressing Service” titles, at Bernies hangar
2.74 Parked at Jandakot at Bernies hangar, very poor condition, Bunbury ATDS titles
6.5.74 Departed Jandakot for Mugumber, pilot Williams, Operator Boconnair
9.5.74 Crashed on takeoff from strip, 10 miles east of Moora WA. Failed to become airborne and struck a rise beyond strip.
12.5.74 arrived on truck at Jandakot, wings lashed to fuselage.
25.5.74 noted Jandakot in LAME Bill Reed's yard: fuselage inside shed, wings outside
2.6.74 noted Jandakot in LAME Bill Reed's yard: dismantled outside
7.6.74 noted Jandakot, fuselage in Bernies Aviation hangar, wings still in Bill Reed's yard
15.6.74 noted Jandakot, under rebuild in Bernies Aviation hangar, "Bunbury ATDS" titles
6.9.74 Change of ownership: I. L. Dunn, Perth WA
22.9.74 noted Jandakot, being resprayed, engineless
2.11.74 noted Jandakot at Bernies Aviation, rebuild almost complete
14.12.74 noted Jandakot on grass near Bernies Aviation, almost complete
6.4.75 noted Jandakot at Bernies Aviation, fuselage rebuild unchanged
5.7.75 noted Jandakot at Bernies Aviation, fuselage rebuild unchanged
1.8.75 noted Jandakot, fuselage down side of Bernies hangar
21.10.75 Struck-off Register at owner’s request
2.7.76 Readded Register: Fred D. Hampton, Yanchep WA
8.10.76 noted Jandakot, new white & black colour scheme, yellow wings
16.10.76 noted Jandakot, new white & black colour scheme, yellow wings
20.12.76 noted Jandakot, white & black colour scheme
18.1.77 Change of ownership: Piper West Pty Ltd, Jandakot Airport, Perth WA
29.1.77 noted Jandakot
10.2.77 Change of ownership: K. Keevers, Port Hedland WA
19.7.77 noted Whim Creek, with Blanik glider
8.10.77 Damaged in accident Whim Creek WA
20.6.78 Change of ownership: The Hedland Soaring Club, Port Hedland WA
22.10.78 Damaged in accident Whim Creek WA
14.1.79 noted Whim Creek in Hedland Soaring Club hangar with three gliders
25.11.79 Damaged in accident Whim Creek WA
30.11.79 Struck-off Register

          

               Parafield SA in September 1966 with Robbys.                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Geoff Goodall

              Jandakot 1967 “Wongan Ballidu Aerial Agricultural Specialists”.                                                                                                          Photo by Merv Prime
           

                Bunbury WA September 1971, yellow and green.                                                                                                                          Photo by Geoff Goodall

            Jandakot December 1976, in its new role towing advertising banners.                                                                                           Photo by Geoff Goodall


             

            Whim Creek in the Pilbara district of niorthern WA in July 1977, in use as a glider tug.                                                                   Photo by Roger McDonald




  A-9A                             c/n  1172                                                                                                                                                                            VH-MPJ

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allocated N3577G on production line: Not Taken Up
.65 Shipped to Australia
22.7.65 Registered VH-MPJ Robby’s Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Parafield SA
23.7.65 MPI & MPJ delivered to Parafield, both standard yellow and black scheme, "N26B" visible on both
14.10.65 Minor damage when the aircraft ground-looped after encountering a willy willy rotating wind gust during landing. Pilot J. Bond unhurt.
1.66 Robby’s have 4 CallAirs in service: FBS, MPB, MPI, MPJ.
8.66 noted Parafield, “Robby’s” titles, spraybars
10.9.66 noted Parafield
16.5.67 Change of ownership: Queensland Airplanters Pty Ltd, Bundaberg Qld
30.12.67 noted Bundaberg, with VH-APC
23.2.73 Crashed during spraying operations, 7 miles north east of Monto Qld.
After the aircraft had lost height while turning in a valley, the pilot H. D. Baggaley commenced dumping the load, but the aircraft struck the ground and sustained substantial damage.
11.5.73 CallAir wreck noted at Bundaberg, probably MPJ
13.5.74 Struck-off Register

          

         Parafield August 1966.                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Geoff Goodall



  A-9A                             c/n  1190                                                                                                                                                                       VH-MPK


Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Test flown with tradeplate registration N26B
.65 Shipped to Australia
9.9.65 Registered VH-MPK Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
16.11.65 Change of ownership: D. C. Adams & S. Cleary t/a Queensland Airplanters Pty Ltd, Bundaberg Qld
4.3.66 Change of ownership: Queensland Airplanters Pty Ltd, Bundaberg Qld
30.8.66 noted Bundaberg with Airplanters, with VH-APC
20.11.66 noted Bundaberg, "Airplanters" titles, in service as sprayer
19.3.67
Crashed destroyed near Baralaba Qld.   The pilot was unhurt.
DCA accident report: "When the pilot allowed the aircraft to stall in a turn at a height too low to permit recovery, the aircraft struck the ground in a nose-down right-wing-down attitude, demolishing the undercarriage, then skidded to a stop. The pilot evacuated the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire."
19.3.67 Struck-off Register

          

         Bundaberg Qld in November 1966.                                                                                                                                         Photo by Arthur Perkins.




  A-9A                            c/n 1169                                                                                                                                                                      VH-CYC

12.5.65 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allocated N3570G on production line: Not Taken Up
.65 Shipped to Australia
4.7.65 noted Bankstown under assembly by Aerial Agriculture. Plate A9-A c/n 1169 built 12.5.65.
9.7.65 Registered VH-CYC: Williams Flying Service , Pittsworth Qld
26.8.65 Change of ownership: Super Spread Aviation, Moorabbin
1.10.65 Change of ownership: Ord River Crop Control, Kununurra WA
Ord River Crop Control's aircraft are operated by Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Charles H. Wolf & Stuart A. Skoglund) under a hiring arrangement.
6.10.65 Departed Moorabbin for Bankstown, having been replaced by VH-MPN delivered to Super Spread the previous day.
15.10.65 noted Bankstown, no titles. No spraybars.
7.11.66 noted Darwin NT, "Kun-Air, Kununurra" titles
24.4.67 Crashed Farm Hill, near Kununurra WA. Aircraft became airborne at low speed but failed to climb. Port wing struck high grass and the aircraft slewed and crashed to the ground. Pilot was uninjured. He did not attempt to dump the load of spray chemicals
14.9.67 noted Jandakot, crash wreck in Simpson Aviation-Samav hangar with wreck of MPR
7.10.67 noted Jandakot, crash wreck still in Samav hangar with wreck of MPR
6.5.68 Struck-off Register due crash 24.4.67
25.3.69 Wrecks of CallAirs CYC & MPR noted Bankstown
4.1.70 VH-CYC noted Bankstown, rebuilt
10.12.70 Readded Register: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
13.10.71 Change of ownership: Geelong Gliding Club, Bacchus Marsh Vic
25.4.72 Damaged in accident Bacchus Marsh
24.3.74 noted Bacchus Marsh towing gliders with Super Cub VH-RTM
4.12.76 noted Morwell Vic, glider tug
3.10.77 noted Morwell Vic, glider tug
1.12.78 noted Bacchus Marsh Vic, glider tug
14.9.80

Crashed on landing, Bacchus Marsh Vic.

Blown off runway by gusty wind conditions, engine torn out.

14.9.80 Struck-off Register
24.11.80 wreck noted at Bacchus Marsh Vic

      

               Bankstown October 1965.                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Peter Limon




  A-9A                             c/n 1218                                                                                                                                                                            VH-KKZ

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Shipped to Australia
17.12.65 Registration application: Kun-Air Krop Kontrol, Kununurra WA c/- C. H. Wolf
21.12.65 testflown Bankstown by C. Wolf after assembly by Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd
23.12.65 Registered VH-KKZ
12.65 noted Bankstown "Kun-Air Kununurra WA" titles
2.1.66 Crashed destroyed near Kununurra WA. Pilot C.H. Wolfe was not injured.  Total experience 8,950 hrs, 66 hrs on type
DCA accident report:
"Engine power ceased during a turn at a low level when the magneto switch leads were burned by an in-flight engine bay fire. The aircraft was put down on soft ground and was destroyed by fire. The in-flight fire commenced with the ignition of fuel from a leaking fuel pressure gauge line at the front of the engine bulkhead."
2.1.66 Struck-off Register

       

                 The short-lived VH-KKZ at Bankstown December 1965.                                                                                                                 Photo by Ian McDonell



  A-9A                             c/n 1127                                                                                                                                                                     VH-MPN

16.12.64 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Allotted US registration N8254H

Demonstration aircraft in US
.65 Shipped to Australia
4.10.65 Registered VH-MPN Super Spread Aviation Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
5.10.65 Delivered to Moorabbin. Plate 1127 built 16.12.64.
2.3.66 noted Horsham Vic for an agricultural field day
30.4.66 noted Warrnambool, tied down outside, Super Spread Aviation
28.9.68 noted Benalla Vic
1.69 noted Moorabbin “Super Spread Aviation Pty Ltd” titles, yellow
11.4.71 noted Moorabbin “Super Spread Aviation (Aust) Pty Ltd” titles, freshly repainted in same yellow & black scheme
24.12.71 Change of ownership: Super Spread Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
2.72 noted at Moorabbin
2.74 Noted at Deniliquin NSW, yellow, no titles, in service spraying
26.7.75 noted Moorabbin, Super Spread
19.2.77 Damaged in accident, Gunns Plains Tas
1.10.77 noted Cootamundra, spraybars, repainted, no titles
10.3.79 noted Deniliquin, stored in hangar with VH-MPO
13.10.79 noted Deniliquin, in service as sprayer, yellow, small Super Spread badge on fin
13.11.82 Damaged in accident at Berriquin NSW
30.12.82 Struck-off Register
20.6.83 Readded Register: Aviation Industries Pty Ltd t/a Aerial Agriculture, Moorabbin Vic
1.6.84 Change of ownership: Leafair Pty Ltd t/a Superspread Aviation, Moorabbin Vic
5.4.86 noted Deniliquin NSW, stored in hangar with FBS, APC, MPO all Superspread
1.4.88 noted Deniliquin NSW, with MPO, APC
4.5.88 Change of ownership: R. M. Buckley, Benambra Vic
14.5.86 noted Moorabbin
.90 noted Shepparton Vic, original faded yellow partially oversprayed in silver, hand-painted reg.
18.4.93 noted at Leongatha Vic,all black paint scheme, fixed pitch prop, flaps, spray gear
30.11.93 Change of ownership: P. E. “Ben” Buckley, Benambra Vic
8.3.94 Crashed, destroyed by fire near Korumburra Vic
Accident report: The pilot had been spreading superphosphate in a paddock to the north of the strip. To get to the paddock the aircraft had to climb over hills. This was achieved with the assistance of updraughts off the hills. On the accident flight the pilot found the updraughts were not present and the aircraft was not climbing adequately. Concerned that he would not be able to clear trees ahead the pilot dumped the load and attempted to turn left. The aircraft struck a tree and spun to the ground. The pilot escaped from the wreckage but the aircraft caught fire and was destroyed
18.7.06 Struck-off Register

            

                   Deniliquin NSW in October 1979 as a sprayer.                                                                                                                          Photo by Robert Zweck


          

                     Moorabbin in July 1982.                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Russell Legg



  A-9A                             c/n  1207                                                                                                                                                                     VH-MPO


Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Shipped to Australia
3.11.65 Registered VH-MPO Pay & Williamson Pty Ltd, Scone NSW
6.2.66 Crashed on takeoff Wee Waa NSW. Became airborne right wing down, wingtip struck the ground and aircraft cart-wheeled. Pilot had left his crash helmet wedged between the control column and front of seat.
26.2.66 noted Bankstown, wreck in Aerostructures hangar being inspected by DCA
9.7.66 noted Bankstown, wreck still in Aerostructures hangar
8.66 noted Bankstown, rebuilt, complete outside, spraybars
8.12.66 noted Scone
12.12.66 noted Scone
20.12.66 noted Scone
14.1.67 Crashed on takeoff near Wee Waa NSW. Stalled at tree top height in a turn after take off when overloaded and pilot did not take prompt action to dump the load. Pilot received serious injuries.
14.1.67 Struck-off Register
1.67 noted at Scone, wreck on truck
27.5.67 Fuselage wreck in grass at Scone NSW, no titles. Badly damaged
5.7.67 Fuselage wreck in grass at Scone NSW, no titles. Badly damaged
14.9.68 Fuselage wreck in grass at Scone NSW

Assumed rebuilt at Bankstown by Aerial Agricuture Pty Ltd
23.8.73 Readded Register: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
25.3.74 noted at Moorabbin
20.5.74 Crashed during ag operations, Cathkin Vic. Pilot seriously injured.
26.6.74 Struck-off Register
21.10.76 Readded Register Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
25.10.76 VH-MPO noted Bankstown outside, completed, repainted allover yellow, no titles. The yellow paint was commercial shade different from the CallAir factory yellow.
10.3.79 noted Deniliquin, stored in hangar with MPN
26.4.79 Damaged in accident at Moorabbin
11.5.79
noted at Bankstown, operational
24.11.79 Damaged in accident at Deniliquin NSW
5.6.81 noted Ararat Vic
1.7.84 Change of ownership: Leafair Pty Ltd t/a Superspread Aviation, Moorabbin Vic
5.4.86 noted Deniliquin NSW, stored in hangar with FBS, MPN, APC all Superspread
1.4.88 noted Deniliquin NSW, with MPN, APC
15.2.89 Change of ownership: Norman Barton, Melbourne Vic. Operated by Gliding Club of Victoria, Benalla Vic
12.1.90 noted Benalla, “Gliding Club of Victoria, Benalla” titles
11.00 noted Benalla, all yellow, “Gliding Club of Victoria, Benalla” titles on fuselage. Also 4.1.07
24.3.16
Change of ownership: Mark J. Paterson, Penguin Tasmania t/a Lumpy Paterson Contracting Pty Ltd
16
Callairs VH-FBS and VH-MPO owned by Lumpy Paterson are based at Tocumwal NSW as glider tugs

   
                    VH-MPO at Bankstown in August 1966.                                                                                                           Photo: Geoff Goodall collection


              

    Dumped in the grass at Scone in July 1967.                                                                                                                     Photo by Geoff Goodall


             

                     Bankstown October 1976, freshly rebuilt                                                                                                                   Photo by Mike Vincent

 

  

                

 

                          Benalla Vic January 2007, “Gliding Club of Victoria” painted on tail.                                                                                      Photo by Lindsay Nothrop





  A-9A                            c/n 1203                                                                                                                                                                           VH-MPP

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Allocated N3581G on production line: Not Taken Up
.65 Shipped to Australia
10.11.65 Added Register VH-MPP: Pay & Williamson Pty Ltd, Scone NSW
24.7.66 noted Scone, spraybars, no titles. Fitted with spot lights on each wing for night spraying of cotton crops
10.11.68 Change of ownership: Colin Pay, Trangie NSW
22.5.73 Change of ownership: Murrayair (Albury) Pty Ltd, Albury NSW
4.1.74 Change of ownership: H. Jackson, Camperdown Vic
1.2.80 Struck-off Register
3.4.80 noted Ararat Vic. Also 23.8.80, 24.11.80

Fate unknown

         

          Scone NSW, July 1966.                                                                                                                                                     Geoff Goodall collection



          

            A late afternoon shot of VH-MPP at its Camperdown Vic agstrip in January 1977.                                                                                Photo by Clive Lynch


 A-9A                             c/n  1219                                                                                                                                                                          VH-MPQ

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Shipped to Australia
12.65 Assembled at Bankstown by Aerial Agricuture
17.12.65 Registration application: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown.
7.1.66 Testflown Bankstown after assembly. Plate confirmed 1219.
12.1.66 noted Bankstown, parked outside Aerial Agriculture hangar, yellow factory scheme
24.1.66 Registration application: Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd (Kun-Air Krop Kontrol crossed out).
Ord River Crop Control's aircraft are operated by Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Charles H. Wolf & Stuart A. Skoglund) under a hiring arrangement.
28.1.66 Added Register VH-MPQ: Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd, Darwin NT & Kununurra WA
66 Maintenance on MPQ carried out by SAATAS at Darwin
5.67 Maintenance on MPQ carried out by KWK Transport at Derby
10.10.67 noted Kununurra, no titles
1.68 Aerial Agriculture have sold a newer CallAir to Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (VH-MPF) which will be ferried to Kununurra and take MPQ back to Sydney for CofA renewal overhaul
17.1.68 noted at Bankstown, owned by Ord River Crop Control
30.1.68 noted at Bankstown
2.68 MPQ overhaul at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
5.2.68 noted Bankstown, complete, no ag gear fitted
11.9.68 noted Parafield
13.9.68 Testflown at Parafield after maintenance by Robby’s, pilot C. Mexted
12.68 Storm damage on ground Kununurra
5.69 MPQ overhaul at Bankstown by Aerial Agriculture
27.8.69 DCA incident report: MPQ flew Kununurra-Victoria River Downs-Kununurra
16.1.70 Crashed Farm Hill airstrip near Kununurra.
During takeoff in crosswind, ran off runway and was badly damaged. Pilot Stuart K. Skoglund (partner with C.H.Wolf in Kun-Air Krop Kontrol).
16.1.70 Struck-off Register
12.10.75 Bare fuselage frame dumped outside hangar Kununurra, registration on tail fabric

             

              Bankstown January 1966, just after assembly.                                                                                                           Photo by Ron Cuskelly


              

                   Bankstown February 1968.                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Eric Favelle  



             

             VH-MPQ’s bare frame and hopper at Kununurra WA, October 1975.                                                                                        Photo by Geoff Goodall




  A-9A                             c/n  1233                                                                                                                                                         VH-MPR, VH-MRP

65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65
Shipped to Australia
26.2.66
VH-MPR noted Bankstown, in Aerial Agricuture hangar, just assembled, factory yellow scheme. Plate 1233.
12.66
VH-MPR noted Bankstown, parked outside, factory yellow scheme, spray bars
22.2.67
Registered VH-MPR: Kun-Air Krop Kontrol, Kununurra WA
21.3.67
Crashed near Kununurra WA when pilot took off from narrow road lined by high cane grass and wing tangled in grass, pulling the aircraft down and swung the aircraft through 180 degrees. Pilot was uninjured.
14.9.67
wreck noted at Jandakot Airport, Perth WA, in Simpson Aviation-Samav hangar with wreck of CallAir CYC.
Unmoved on  20.9.67, 7.10.67 with CYC
6.5.68
Struck-off Register due crash 21.3.67
25.3.69
Wrecks of VH-MPR & CYC noted in Aerial Agriculture's hangar at Bankstown
5.9.69
Restored to Register VH-MPR Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
8.1.70
noted at Shepparton Vic
19.9.70
noted at Bankstown Also 8.8.71
21.9.71
Change of ownership: Vic Mason, Brisbane Qld
74
MPR based on an airstrip at Tygalgah NSW near Murwillumbah by Vic Mason, Brisbane. It shares the hangar with John Bryant's Fairchild Argus VH-AZL.
12.6.75
noted Tygalgah NSW. Also 29.9.76, 30.8.79, 14.8.80
80s
Tygalgah airstrip was closed. Vic Mason moved his damaged Cadet VH-AFY and retired Callair A9A VH-MPR to a warehouse in the Queensland Gold Coast area.
07
Callair completed a major rebuild. The original registration was no longer available.
2.3.07
Restored to Register as VH-MRP: C. Mulloy, Sydney NSW
25.3.07
VH-MRP noted at Camden NSW, yellow with blue trim and blue chequerboard on rudder
1.3.08
Change of ownership: Lake Keepit Soaring Club Inc, Tamworth NSW

Current




           

          Bankstown December 1966, waiting for a buyer.                                                                                                              Photo by Greg Banfield



  A-9A                            c/n  1242                                                                                                                                                                  VH-MPS


Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO
.65 Shipped to Australia
3.66 noted Bankstown under assembly by Aerial Agriculture, plate 1242
20.3.66 noted bankstown now painted as VH-MPS

Assumed stored Bankstown pending sale
17.1.69 Registered VH-MPS: Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd, Kununurra WA
Ord River Crop Control's aircraft are operated by Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Charles H. Wolf & Stuart A. Skoglund) under a hiring arrangement.
1.11.69 noted Parafield
24.10.70 noted Parafield "Kun-Air Krop Kontrol" titles
9.10.71 noted Parafield
16.10.71 noted Parafield “Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Div of Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd” titles
29.6.73 Minor damage in accident, near Kununurra WA: while spraying a cotton crop, made forced landing in the crop due fuel exhaustion. Pilot T. Meed, Operator ORCC
9.5.74 Change of ownership: S. K. Cox, Batchelor NT
9.12.74 Change of ownership: Top End Gliding Club Inc, Darwin
15.10.75 noted Batchelor NT, in service, glider towing attachment on tailplane, no spraybars,
“Kun-Air Krop Kontrol (Div of Ord River Crop Control Pty Ltd” titles
5.77 Advertised for sale by Top End Gliding Club
2.7.77 Ferried Batchelor-Port Keats-Kununurra-Halls Creek-Port Hedland on delivery to purchaser. Next day continued Port Hedland- Perth
5.9.77 Change of ownership: Fred D. Hampton, Yanchep WA
11.3.78 Damaged in forced landing North Cottesloe Beach, Perth. Overturned in sand.
4.4.78 Struck-off Register
10.4.80 noted Cunderdin, wreck, white

               

                   VH-MPS at Batchelor NT October 1975.                                                                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall

               Cottesloe Beach, Perth in March 1978.                                                                                   Geoff Goodall collection




  A-9A                             c/n 1192                                                                                                                                                                              VH-MPL

15.7.65
Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO

Testflown with tradeplate registration N26B

Shipped to Australia
25.1.68 Registered VH-MPL Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
19.3.68 noted Bankstown "Aerial Agriculture" titles, spraybars
27.9.69 noted on ag strip near Yass NSW "Aerial Agriculture Pty Limited Wagga Wagga" titles
1.70
noted at Bankstown, "Aerial Agriculture Pty Limited Wagga Wagga" titles
25.9.70 noted Armidale NSW
23.9.71 Change of ownership: RAAF Richmond Gliding Club, RAAF Richmond NSW
5.8.73 noted Richmond, towing gliders
15.6.75 noted Bankstown
26.9.77 noted RAAF Richmond
17.1.88
visited Forbes NSW airshow. Plate inspected: C/n 1192 built 15 July 1965
12.10.91 noted at RAAF Richmond airshow
26.7.92 Damaged in accident RAAF Richmond
24.9.14
Change of ownership: Mark J. Renshaw, Bathurst NSW

Current

           

Bankstown March 1968 with Aerial Agriculture titles.                                                                         Photo: Geoff Goodall collection




  A-9B, modified to A-9A         c/n  1318                                                                                                                                              (VH-MPT), VH-MPU

.67 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO as a production A-9B. 
1.3.67 Registered N7267V Montana Aircraft Inc, Billings, Montana
6.11.68-74 Pete Fountain, Moscow, Idaho
Fountain was an established agricultural operator with a mixed fleet of 7 Stearmans, Super Cubs, Pawnees, Callair A9s and B1s and Grumman TBM Avengers.

Shipped to Australia
28.6.74 VH-MPT reserved for CallAir: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd
- Imported for Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA

Model A9B had different engine and hopper to the A9A. Australian Department of Transport would not include the A-9B under the Australian A-9A type certification and First-of-Type certification required design and performance paperwork not readily available since IMCO had been taken over by Rockwell. The owners were advised the best option was to convert it to A9A standard.
It was flown without authorisation, leading to legal action by DoT and prosecution.
31.8.74 VH-MPT noted Jandakot, parked outside Agricultural General Aviation hangar, white and yellow paint scheme, spraybars, no titles
7.9.74 VH-MPT noted Jandakot, parked outside AGA hangar
22.9.74 VH-MPT noted Jandakot, parked outside AGA hangar
15.10.74 VH-MPT noted Jandakot, parked outside AGA hangar, appears unmoved

(not seen at AGA hangar 1.12.74)
11.2.75 VH-MPT noted Cunderdin in WAS hangar, white, yellow & black. Port wingtip has a rough repair. "N7267V" readable under paintwork. US Registration stickers 1968 & 1969 for Montana and Washington. Plate gives "CallAir A9"
2.4.75 Struck-off USCR
3.1.76 VH-MPT noted Cunderdin
26.5.76 VH-MPT noted Cunderdin ex N7267V
2.78 Reportedly u/s at Green Eylet WA
30.5.79 VH-MPT noted Cunderdin with note "definitely being flown"
8.79 Western Aerial Services Pty Ltd advised DoT that VH-MPT will be converted to A9A "in about a month's time."
23.8.79 VH-MPU reserved for c/n 1318 because the original registration VH-MPT had by now been reallocated to a Beech A36.
10.4.80 noted Cunderdin: MPB, MPD, MPG, MPT all very dirty
17.6.82 Registered VH-MPU: Waspray Pty Ltd, Cunderdin WA
8.7.85
VH-MPU noted at Cunderdin, with VH-MPB and VH-MPG
24.9.85 VH-MPU noted Cunderdin in Waspray hangar
17.5.86 VH-MPU noted Jandakot, parked on grass
13.8.87 VH-MPU noted Ballidu with MPD, both white with yellow trim , "Dunn's" titles
7.1.88 Change of ownership: Bernard Baldwin, Jandakot Airport, Perth WA
8.7.93 Change of ownership: Brian R. Collingridge, Jandakot  WA
25.10.01
noted at Jandakot, white with red trim, towing advertising banners
20.1.04
noted at Jandakot, white with red trim, no titles

Current

         

          Callair A-9B VH-MPT at Jandakot September 1974.                                                                                                       Photo by Roger McDonald


          

        The same aircraft: now A-9A VH-MPU, at Ballidu WA, August 1987.                                                                                              Photo by Geoff Goodall





  CallAir B-1                 c/n 10.008                                                                                                                                                           VH-BEB

22.4.66 Construction date at Afton Wyoming by IMCO. C/n 10.008
.66 Registered N7278V
.66 Shipped to Australia
28.6.66 VH-BEB noted Bankstown under assembly, first Callair B-1 seen
66 Ordered by Queensland Airplanters, Bundaberg Qld
7.66 Assembled at Bankstown, parked outside Aerial Agriculture hangar, spraybars, no titles
1.8.66 VH-BEB noted Bankstown, taxying, spraybars, no titles
10.9.66 VH-BEB flew demos at airshow Parafield SA, spraybars, no titles
5.10.66 VH-BEB arrived at Moorabbin, parked at Super Spread Aviation
10.10.66 Registered VH-BEB: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown
.66 Leased to Queensland Airplanters, Bundaberg Qld.
Ferried from Bankstown to Bundaberg by Queensland Airplanters founder Don Adams

Returned to USA due poor sales prospects
7.6.67 Struck-off Australian Register
.67 Registered as CallAir B-1A N7278V  North American Rockwell Corp, Albany, Georgia
70-72
US Civil Register:  Pete Fountain, Moscow, Idaho

Fountain was an established agricultural operator with a mixed fleet of 7 Stearmans, Super Cubs, Pawnees, Callair A9s and B1s and Grumman TBM Avengers.


Change of ownership: Bruce Kinney, Richey Montana

Kinney was an agricultural spraying operator who established Kinney Air Tankers in the 1976 for forest fire bombing, with an eclectic fleet of tankers: Boeing B-17, Douglas A-26s, Lockheed PV-2 Harpoons, a Douglas DC-4 and DC-7B.

18.7.80
N7278V seriously damaged when it collided with ditches landing at Valier, Montana

         

        Bankstown July 1966 just after assembled.                                                                                                                                 Photo by Eric Favelle


       

         Demonstrations at Parafield SA September 1966.                                                                                                                 Photo by Geoff Goodall




  CallAir B-1                   c/n  10.014                                                                                                                                                                   VH-BEC

.66 Built at Afton Wyoming by IMCO. C/n 10.014
.66 Factory test registration N26B
.66 Allocated N7267V: not taken up
.66 Shipped to Australia
16.11.66 VH-BEC noted at Bankstown, assembled by Aerial Agriculture.
16.12.66 Registered VH-BEC: Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd, Bankstown

Returned to USA due poor sales prospects
23.10.67 Struck-off Australian Register
.67
Registered as B-1A N9488 North American Rockwell Corp, Albany, Georgia
9.5.68
Struck-off US Civil Register as Sold in Turkey
17.5.69 Registered TC-NAF
.70 Withdrawn from service

         

                Bankstown November 1966, just after assembly.                                                                                                                         Photo by Arthur Perkins.


 


 

MYSTERY CALLAIR

This Callair was photographed in Perth WA in October 1988 by reader Trevor Bartlett. Identity unknown.

It was displayed at Bill's Machinery yard, Gnangara Road, Lansdale. Hulks of two RAAF Vampires, a Beech Baron and Piper Aztec are also in the yard. 

 

 


FLYING THE CALLAIR: Recollections of experienced pilot and aviation writer, Dave Prossor

 

The CallAir. What an aircraft!
I never flew the model in its Ag work role, but flew it as a sailplane tow aircraft. To me it excelled in this role.

I was first introduced to the CallAir in the form of VH-CYC at Bacchus Marsh aerodrome, about 20 nm west of Melbourne, Victoria in 1972. The Geelong Gliding Club urgently needed a CallAir tow plane pilot for the club's annual gliding camp, at Birchip, in northern Victoria. I had just been checked out in the club's PA18A-150 Super Cub and on December 24 1972 I got my CallAir A9A checkout and glider towing endorsement.

My last flight in a CallAir was in 1994. In all, I did some 150 hours of CallAir flying, most of it towing and the occasional cross country ferry.

I liked the type. It had a roomy cockpit. American Ag aircraft typically have spacious cockpits and the CallAir was no exception. The undercarriage was wide and made for easy landings and ground handling. I never saw an owner's manual until 2014 although I had chased around for one. It did not tell me much that I did not already know.

There were some 25 IMCO CallAir A9 aircraft imported into Australia (as well as an A9B and two B1s). I never could get a clear definition of what was an A9 and what was an A9A. It would seem that the type was commonly called an A9 but its actual FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet referred to it as an A9A. Maybe the prototype was just an A9? The TCDS notes that A9A c/n 1061 to 1125 were flapless and that 1126 and on had flaps. An after market windscreen supplier talked of the A9 being c/n 1000 thru 1615 and the A9A as being 1048, 1061 thru 1615.

I flew four of them and found that each one was different in subtle ways. Over the years I wrote details about some of the various aircraft that

I had flown into the back of my logbook. The CallAir notes below are some of those.

VH-FBS c/n 1061 was built on March 27 1964. When I flew it, it had a 260 hp Lycoming 0-540-A2DS engine driving a McCauley toothpick fixed pitch prop. It was flapless and there was no step below the cockpit to help the pilot get aboard.

VH-APC c/n 1074. No maker's plate but it was c/n 1074. Built in 1964. It had a 250 hp Lycoming 0-540-A1D5 engine. No flaps. No step. When

I flew it in late 1994 it had flown some 5,400 hours. It had a fixed pitch McCauley prop.

VH-MPG c/n 1128, built 1965. It had a fixed pitch prop and flaps. The engine was a 250 hp Lycoming -540-A1D5. Photographs show that it has the step

VH-CYC c/n 1169 was built on May 12 1965. It had flaps and flaperons, ailerons that drooped when the flaps went down. CYC had a McCauley two positions prop. Fine pitch or high RPM for take off and coarse for descent or cross-country flight. The engine was a stock Lycoming 0-540-B2B5 engine of 235 hp. It had a step below the cockpit. The CallAir A9 Parts Catalog did not show steps on the fuselage sides.

Tech Stuff

The CallAir A9A had a total of 34.0 US gallons useable fuel (128 litres). The max. flap extension speed was 78 kts. It would stall, flap up and
no power, 3000 lb @ 44 kts. The stall warning was buffeting and a warning horn. Max. cross-wind speed was 15 kts. Flight Plan, no glider, 80 kts & 10 imp. gph. There was not much difference in the cross-country glider towing speed but you had to allow for 12 imp. gph. There were two tanks, one in each wing. If you ran dry on one tank and had no fuel pressure a bell rang and a panel light shone telling you that you had 30 seconds to change to the other tank. Glide speed was 60-65 kts and beware of the high rate of sink, probably due to the drag of the airframe.

The throttle quadrant, trim lever and flap handle were all on the left side of the cockpit. The fuel selector was adjacent to the throttle. The flaps had three settings, up, half or full (24 degrees).

The empty weight of VH-CYC was 1604 lbs. It had a max. take-off weight of 3000 lb. On take off you had the two position prop in forward or high rpm position. Cross-country pull it back to low rpm position. Normal glider tow climb was 60 kts/26" mp to glider release. Then 15" with

prop in low rpm and descend at 80-90 kts. The CallAir did not seem to have the cylinder head issues that the Piper PA25 Pawnee had when used for glider towing. Same engine. Approach was 55 kts/15" with flaps. No flaps, 60 kts.

The CallAir A9A had a good survivability rate. There was only one fatal Ag accident in Australia that I am aware of. It was a rugged bird. A

steel tube fuselage and wooden wings helped. My favourite, VH-CYC, was written off at Bacchus Marsh, Vic. on September 14 1980 when the pilot tried to land the aircraft in very gusty conditions. The machine was blown off the strip and had the engine torn out. No injury. The pilot did not have a lot of flight time. It was an insurance write-off. One of the design features of the CallAir A9A was the wing. It had a deep section

that gave a lot of lift. When I flew CYC it would literally jump into the air with no glider in tow (and no Ag gear). On one occasion, with a stiff wind, I was able to take-off across the runway, on a slight angle!

Following Ag work most CallAirs in Australia gravitated to become glider tugs. Some did work as banner tow aircraft. None were modified to two-seaters like the Pawnee. My 150 hours in a CallAir included a tad of night flying. I had been asked to ferry VH-CYC south to Geelong for a 100 hourly. My departure was delayed when the tug master made an out-landing retrieve and by the time I got to Geelong it was dark. I flew the 25 nm back to Bacchus Marsh and landed on the 09 runway using the white crushed gravel for reference in the dark. There were no landing lights on the aircraft or either airfield. After landing, while I was still shaking, one of the club elders was hammering on the cockpit door telling me that I would never fly a club aircraft again (I did). A few weeks later he did a heavy landing in a wood sailplane and got out to find that only the control cables connected the front and back halves. I chuckled! I do recall one time that a certain CallAir went to a fly-in. It was towing two gliders. In the cockpit was the pilot plus his wife and two kids in the space where the hopper had been. I am sure that other CallAir pilots could relate similar tales. CallAir A9A. I love 'em.

Glider tow pilots got approvals from CASA in two forms. A restricted glider tow ticket allowed the pilot to tow from a home base. The unrestricted ticket allowed for the towing of two gliders at the same time and also allowed to do out-landing retrieves (from paddocks). I ended up with an unrestricted approval. Somewhere along the way I found an owners manual, a parts manual, a control column, a CallAir baseball cap and a couple of chrome plated CallAir A9 cowl fixtures. Maybe with a bit more parts chasing I can find the rest for a rebuild job!

Page 10 of the CallAir A9 owners manual (such as it is) has this advice: "NEVER EXCEED THE LIMITATIONS OF THE AIRCRAFT AND

THE PILOT. FLY SAFELY, ENJOY YOUR WORK, LIVE LONG, AND MAKE MONEY"

I agree. . . . . .
Dave Prossor, February 2014

 

 

TAILPIECE ...

 

 VH-APC reflected during a spraying run.                                                                       Photo by Gordon Israel, via Civil Aviation Historical Society



References:

- Australian Civil Aircraft Register: Department of Civil Aviation and its successors

- Accidents to Australian Civil Aircraft, DCA annual publication 1965-1969

- DCA WA Region aircraft files, National Archives of Australia, Perth WA

- CallAir production listing, Air Britain Archive, quarterly, 2008-2009

- Aerial Agriculture in Australia, Derrick Rolland, Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia 1996

- South Australian Air Journal, monthly journal, Jan 1964-December 1964

- Southern Aeronotes, monthly journal, Jan-November 1964

- NSW Air Log, monthly journal: June-Dec 1964

- Australian Air Log, monthly journal: 1965-1968

- Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal, monthly, various issues 1964-1970

- Callairs in Retrospect, Al Cleave, Ag-Pilot International magazine, July 1992
- DCA Air Safety Investigation Branch accident reports, courtesy David Prossor

- US Civil Aircraft Registers: printed editions 1964-1972 held by compiler, and FAA Register search website

- David Prossor: detailed notebook entries on CallAir loggings and events 1965 to date

 

 

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