The KS-2 Cropmaster was the step between the KS-1 and KS-3 on the road to the Yeoman YA-1 Cropmaster. VH-AJH was built as RAAF Commonwealth CA-6 Wackett A3-49, became VH-AJH in Apr 1946 and wfu in Jul 1947. Converted to Kingsford Smith KS-1 Cropmaster in Mar 1957, then to KS-2 Cropmaster in Aug 1957, and finally to KS-3 Cropmaster in May 1959. Wfu in 1964 and now at the Queensland Air Museum.
Something that would never happen in the 21st century. Two light aircraft flying in formation are joined by an airliner heading the same way. The light aircraft are VH-REL and another 310, VH-REK, the airliner TEAL DC-6 VH-BGA. It is over the Tasman Sea between Auckland and Sydney, the final leg of the Cessnas' delivery flight from the US. The DC-6 is on a regular passenger service. Phil Lightband photo.
VH-REK photographed from sister ship VH-REL on the last leg of their delivery flight from the US to Australia. It is over the Tasman Sea between Auckland and Sydney. The scientific organisation CSIRO used the two 310s for research work. Photo from Phil Lightband.
Ex VH-EWE, reregistered VH-BPT pending disposal only to find work during rainmaking experiments over the Snowy Mountains. In 1959 it was reregistered VH-EWR (R for rainmaking) in light of the continuing contract. Photographer not known, photo in the Ben Dannecker Collection.
VH-AZN crashed on Austral Downs Station on April 26, 1957. Useful parts were removed soon after. The airframe remained where in came down until 1979 when it was recovered to Mount Isa. Parts were used in the restoration of Drover VH-DRD as a memorial to the flying doctor service. Photo from the Ben Dannecker Collection.