VH-PNI crashed at Mount Giluwe on September 1, 1972. The ease of loading awkward loads into the Skyvan was appreciated in Papua New Guinea but not its lack of range. Only Patair operated them, with other operators preferring the Twin Otter.
Ex Vietnam veteran. Set aside as an instructional airframe in 1975 and sent to the RAAF apprentice school at Forest Hill in New South Wales. Passed around a couple of museums before being reported in the hands of an aircraft restorer.
On lease from the USAF to operate services through the US Trust Territory in the western Pacific. Civil registration finally cancelled in 1996 over 25 years after it was returned to the USAF. Al Bovelt photo.