ABOUT THIS SITE

 

 

 

Recent retirement after a 45 year Air Traffic Control career has given me time to complete various aviation history projects, using a lifetimeís collection of information, photographs and books.

The idea of my own website grew following the death of a friend and aviation historian, whose lifeís work of aviation research was thrown out as rubbish. My plan is to use this site to ensure the results of my projects over the years are saved.

My fascination with aviation history goes back to early school days, living on the boundary of Adelaide-West Beach Airport in the 1950s. I grew up watching ANA and TAA propliners, with the weekly highlight of the Sunday morning arrival of an Avro Tudor 4B Super Trader of Freddie Lakerís Air Charter London. With Merlins popping as the power came off on landing, these Tudors flew the military courier from Britain to Woomera and Adelaide for many years before being replaced by DC-4s, DC-6s and Britannias. Our South Australia local airline had the intriguing name of Guinea Airways, and from my bicycle at the fence, I wondered why their DC-3s had names like Bulolo and Kokoda?

After meeting John Smith on the apron at West Beach in 1962, the West Beach Aviation Group was formed and is still going strong 50 years later. John was an Air Britain member, and I found his Air Britain publications absorbing reading. I discovered a whole new world of Civil Registers, construction numbers, aircraft pictures and airline histories. Now I knew about Guinea Airways. I was hooked!

To the fellow aviation enthusiasts, many of whom are long time friends, whose photographs and information appear on the site, I thank you. Special thanks to my Webmaster, Ron Cuskelly, for his outstanding support ever since I first mentioned the idea of a website.

Geoff Goodall
Melbourne 2013

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS SITE

 

 

Many aircraft enthusiasts have generously shared their photographs, which have greatly enhanced the coverage of the topics. I want to give credit to two important historical photograph collections, without which this site would be the poorer.

Since the early 1960s, John Hopton in Melbourne has actively exchanged information and photographs from his vast collection. He has also consistently guided me with stern criticism and blunt advice. My compilations of Australian aircraft histories would be shallow outlines without Johnís input, including the many rare images from his picture library The Collection.

As a school boy growing up in London during the war, Eddie Coates and his family were bombed out of three houses before his parents migrated to Australia in 1947. His many photographs, willingly shared, of post-war Australian aircraft have been invaluable. Eddie later moved to USA and subsequently worked all over the world, before retiring in the United States. His website The Ed Coates Collection is a wonderful database for early aircraft pictures worldwide, specialising in Australian civil aircraft registered up until 1970.

Covering more recent years, the high quality aviation pictures taken by Phil Vabre will be found throughout this site. Phil travels extensively from Melbourne in his classic Cessna 175A to out of the way places, bringing back excellent photographs which he has enthusiastically contributed to this site.

 

 

CONTACTS

 

I welcome updates, corrections and comments. Permission to use images from the main collections used on this site should be requested directly.



The Publisher
The Collection
Ed Coates Collection
Phil Vabre Collection

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS USED

 

Dates:
British format is used: Day/Month/Year
Example: 3.11.53 = 3rd November 1953
3.77 = March 1977
7.09 = July 2009
General:
AAF

US Army Air Field

AB

Air Base / Air Force Base

ACAR

Australian Civil Aircraft Register

AF

Air Force

AFB

Air Force Base

ag

agricultural use (cropdusting, spraying etc)

arr.

arrived (by road or ship, not delivered by air)

AURI

Indonesian Air Force, later TNI-AU

AVG

American Volunteer Group (China & Burma 1941-42 using P-40s)

BG

Bomber Group

BOC

Brought on Charge (military)

BS

Bomber Squadron

Bu

Bureau of Aeronautics serial number (US Navy & US Marines)

c

circa / approximate date

CAA

Civil Aeronautics Administration (forerunner of FAA) USA

CAA

Civil Aviation Authority (Great Britain)

CAB

Civil Aviation Board/Civil Aviation Branch: forerunners to DCA (Australia)

CAC

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (Australia)

CAF

Canadian Armed Forces

CAF

Confederate Air Force, founded at Harlingen Texas, later moved to Midland Texas: renamed Commemorative Air Force. USCR shows all CAF aircraft as owned American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum

CCF

Canadian Car and Foundry Co

CDF

California Department of Forestry

CFB

Canadian Forces Base

CGAS

US Coast Guard Air Station

c/n

constructor's number / manufacturer's serial number / airframe identification number

CofA

Certificate of Airworthiness

CofR

Certificate of Registration

config.

configuration

conv.

converted / conversion /modified

cr.

crashed

CV

Canadian Vickers

dam.

damaged

dates

British format Day/Month/Year: see Dates heading above

DCA

Department of Civil Aviation (Australia)

del.

delivered (by air), ferried

dep.

departed

dest.

destroyed

dism.

dismantled

displ.

displayed

EAA

Experimental Airplane Association

ERLA

Erla Flugzeugwerk AG, Leipzig

ex

from

exec.

executive

FA

Fuerza Aerea, Force Aerienn, Forcea Area (and Latin variations): Air Force

FAA

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (USA)

ff

first flight (includes first flight after repair or restoration)

FG

Fighter Group

FLARF

Federatsiya Lyubitelei Aviatsii Rossiskoi Federatsii (Amateur Aircraft Federation of Russia)

FRADU

Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit (Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm)

FS

Fighter Squadron

fuse.

fuselage

gear

landing gear / undercarriage

HMS

His/Her Majesty's Ship

HMAS

His/Her Majesty's Australian Ship

hrs

hours (as in airframe flying time)

i/s

in service (operational)

id.

aircraft identity

IDFAF

Israeli Defence Force Air Force

Inc

Incorporated (as in a US business name)

inst.

instructional

IWM

Imperial War Museum

JASDF

Japanese Air Self Defence Force

JMSDF

Japanese Marine Self Defence Force

k

killed

KNIL

Netherlands East Indies Air Force

lsd:

leased (to/by)

LLC

Limited Liability Company (as in business name)

Ltd

Limited (as in business name)

MARC

Military Aircraft Restoration Corp (founded by David C. Tallichet)

MCAS

US Marine Corps Air Station

Mess.

Messerschmitt

mod.

modified

mods.

modifications

MLD

Netherlands Navy

MoD

Ministry of Defence (Great Britain)

mus.

museum

MV

Motor Vessel

NAS

Naval Air Station

NACA

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (predecessor of NASA)

NASA

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

NASM

National Air & Space Museum (Smithsonian Institute)

NEI

Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia)

NEIAF

Netherlands East Indies Air Force

NMNA

National Museum of Naval Aviation: formerly US Navy Air Museum. (Main museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida, but the museum sponsors collections on US Navy bases and aircraft carrier memorials across USA)

nn

new name/company renamed

noted

noted at/seen/recorded at the location on the specified date

Nr

Werkenummer (constructor's number of German aircraft)

ntu

registration not taken up

op:

operated (by)

ops

operations

ORB

Operations Record Book (RAAF), unit daily diary

orig.

original

pax

passengers

PLAAF

Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (China)

pres.

presumed

prob.

probably

Pty Ltd

Proprietary Limited (as in company name)

que se

which see / refer to

R

Royal

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

RAF

Royal Air Force

RAFM

Royal Air Force Museum

RAN

Royal Australian Navy

RCAF

Royal Canadian Air Force

RCN

Royal Canadian Navy

RDAF

Royal Danish Air Force

re-added

restored to Civil Register after previous deletion

reg.

registered / registration/ Civil Register

recov.

recovered / salvaged

rep.

reported

repl.

replica

res.

reserved

rest.

restored/ repaired/ rebuilt

ret.

returned

RFC

Reconstruction Finance Corp (US WWII disposals)

RMAF

Royal Malayan Air Force

RN

Royal Navy

RNAF

Royal Netherlands Air Force

RNAS

Royal Navy Air Station

RNAY

Royal Navy Air Yard

RNFAA

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

RNHAF

Royal Navy Historic Aircraft Flight

RNZAF

Royal New Zealand Air Force

RNoAF

Royal Norwegian Air Force

ROKAF

Republic of Korea Air Force

RSAF

Republic of Singapore Air Force

S

South

SAAF

South African Air Force

sc.

colour scheme

SOC

Struck-off Charge (military)

Sqn

Squadron

SVNAF

South Vietnam Air Force

t/a

trading as

tfd.

transferred

TNI-AL

Indonesian Navy

TNI-AU

Indonesian Air Force

TT

total airframe time (hours logged)

TUDM

Malaysian Air Force

UAE

United Arab Emirates

u/c

undercarriage

unconf.

unconfirmed

unconv.

unconverted / not converted for civil operations

unrest.

unrestored

u/s

unserviceable

USAF

United States Air Force

USAFM

United States Air Force Museum: Main USAF Museum located at Wright Paterson AFB Dayton OH changed name 10.04 to National Museum of the United States Air Force. Many USAF base heritage collections which were originally aircraft allocated by the USAFM have since become independent self-funded organisations with name changes, but are listed simply as USAFM with the name of the USAF base where located

USAAC

United States Army Air Corps, renamed USAAF 20 June 1941

USAAF

United States Army Air Force, renamed USAF 18 September 1947

USCG

United States Coast Guard

USCR

United States Civil Register of Aircraft

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

USFS

United States Forest Service

USMC

United States Marine Corps

USMCM

United States Marine Corps Museum. Main museum located at MCAS Quantico, Virginia. Renamed National Museum of the Marine Corps and new building opened at Quantico in November 2006.

USN

United States Navy

USS

United States Ship

WAA

War Assets Administration (US WWII disposals)

WFS

withdrawn from service/ retired

wfu

withdrawn from use / retired

WGN

West German Navy

WkNr

Werkenummer (constructor's number of German aircraft)

WWI

World War One 1914-1918

WWII

World War Two 1939-1945

Australian States:
ACT

Australian Capital Territory

NSW

New South Wales

NT

Northern Territory

QLD

Queensland

SA

South Australia

VIC

Victoria

TAS

Tasmania

WA

Western Australia

Canadian Provinces:
ALTA

Alberta

BC

British Columbia

MAN

Manitoba

ONT

Ontario

QUE

Quebec

NB

New Brunswick

NFLD

Newfoundland

NS

Nova Scotia

NWT

Northwest Territories

PEI

Prince Edward Island

SASK

Saskatchewan

YT

Yukon Territory

US States:
AL

Alabama

AK

Alaska

AR

Arkansas

AZ

Arizona

CA

California

CO

Colorado

CT

Connecticut

DC

District of Columbia

DE

Delaware

FL

Florida

GA

Georgia

HI

Hawaii

IA

Iowa

ID

Idaho

IL

Illinois

IN

Indiana

KS

Kansas

KY

Kentucky

LA

Louisiana

MA

Massachusetts

ME

Maine

MD

Maryland

MI

Michigan

MN

Minnesota

MO

Missouri

MS

Mississippi

MT

Montana

NC

North Carolina

ND

North Dakota

NE

Nebraska

NH

New Hampshire

NJ

New Jersey

NM

New Mexico

NV

Nevada

NY

New York

OH

Ohio

OK

Oklahoma

OR

Oregon

PA

Pennsylvania

RI

Rhode Island

SC

South Carolina

SD

South Dakota

TN

Tennessee

TX

Texas

UT

Utah

VA

Virginia

VT

Vermont

WA

Washington

WI

Wisconsin

WV

West Virginia

WY

Wyoming

Countries:
GB

Great Britain

NZ

New Zealand

PI

Philippines

PNG

Papua New Guinea

PR

Puerto Rico

UK

United Kingdom

USVI

US Virgin Islands

Civil Aircraft Registrations: Country Prefixes:
AP

Pakistan

A6

United Arab Emirates

B

Taiwan and Peopleís Republic of China

C/CF

Canada

CB/CP

Bolivia

CC

Chile

CN

Morocco

CR/CS

Portugal

CU

Cuba

CX

Uruguay

C6

Bahamas

C9

Mozambique

D

West Germany / Germany

DM

East Germany

DQ

Fiji

EC

Spain

EI

Eire/Ireland

EL

Liberia

EP

Persia/Iran

ES

Estonia

ET

Ethiopia

F

France

F-O

French Overseas Protectorates

G

United Kingdom

HA

Hungary

HB

Switzerland

HC

Ecuador

HH

Haiti

HI

Dominican Republic

HK

Colombia

HL

Korea

HP

Panama

HR

Honduras

HS

Thailand

HZ

Saudi Arabia

H4

Solomon Islands

I

Italy

JA

Japan

LN

Norway

LV

Argentina

LX

Luxembourg

LY

Lithuania

LZ

Bulgaria

N

United States of America (See Note 1)

OB

Peru

OD

Lebanon

OE

Austria

OH

Finland

OK

Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

OM

Slovakia

OO

Belgium

OY

Denmark

PH

Netherlands

PI

Philippines, replaced by RP-

PJ

Netherlands Antilles

PK

Indonesia

PP/PT

Brazil

PZ

Surinam

P2

Papua New Guinea

RA

Russian Federation

RF

Russian Federation

RP

Philippines

SE

Sweden

SP

Poland

ST

Sudan

SU

Egypt

SX

Greece

S2

Bangladesh

S9

Sao Tome

TC

Turkey

TF

Iceland

TG

Guatemala

TN

Congo

TI

Costa Rica

TT

Chad

TU

Ivory Coast

UR

Ukraine

V6

Micronesia

VH

Australia

VP-B

Bahamas

VP-J

Jamaica

VP-K

Kenya

VP-L

British Virgin Islands

VQ-F

Fiji

VR-B

Bermuda

VR-H

Hong Kong

VR-R

Malaya

VR-S

Singapore

VT

India

XA/XB/XC

Mexico

XY

Burma/Myanmar

YR

Romania

YS

El Salvador

YL

Latvia

YU

Yugoslavia

YV

Venezuela

Z

Zimbabwe

ZK

New Zealand

ZS/ZU

South Africa

ZP

Paraguay

3A

Monaco

3C

Equatorial Guinea

4R

Sri Lanka

4X

Israel

5B

Cyprus

5N

Nigeria

5R

Madagascar

5W

Samoa

5Y

Kenya

6V

Senegal

6Y

Jamaica

8R

Guyana

9A

Croatia

9G

Ghana

9H

Malta

9J

Zambia

9Q

Zaire, later Democratic Republic of Congo

9M

Malaysia

9V

Singapore

9XR

Rwanda

 

Notes
1
Many US registered warbirds fly in the Experimental or Limited Category with registrations painted on the aircraft as NX... and NL.... respectively before the number. The US Civil Register does not differentiate, so neither do these listings. NX or NC registration are only quoted when it refers to the earlier US registration series used up to December 1948.