Aircraft Photo of VH-RHG | Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche | Bird of Paradise Hotel | AirHistory.net #25583
Aircraft
Registration / Serial:VH-RHG
Aircraft Original Type:Piper PA-30/39 Twin Comanche
Aircraft Generic Type:Piper PA-30/39 Twin Comanche
Aircraft Version:Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche
C/n (msn):30-694
Operator / Titles:Bird of Paradise Hotel
Location
City / Airport:Sydney - BankstownMap
Region / Country:New South Wales, Australia
Airport Codes:ICAO: YSBK   IATA: BWU   Local: -   Other: -
 
Photo Date:September 1969
Photo by:David Carter
Photo ID: 25583
Photo Comment

VH-RHG was the personal aircraft of Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, a World War II fighter ace. After the war he formed Gibbes Sepik Airways in Papua New Guinea. Gibbes sold the airline in 1958 and went on open a string of hotels under the Bird of Paradise name. He left PNG ahead of independence to live on his yacht in the Mediterranean before retiring to Sydney. He gave up flying in 2002, aged 85, and passed away in 2007.

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