VH-RCW was first registered in December 1960. Looking faded and unused in 1976 and was formally withdrawn from use in 1977. It next had a Cessna 150 blown into it during a cyclone, then was hit by a taxiing Cessna 206. By 1983 -RCW was dismantled and stored in an airport compound. Its fortunes changed in 1985 when it returned to the register. 10 years later and fully restored, it was a regular visitor to air shows and fly-ins.
This classic aircraft was found hangared at the small airfield at Tonder. A lady who seemed to live at the airfield opened the hangars to enable me to get a photograph. Nearly thirty years later this photograph is a thank you to her.
Despite its apparent derelict state, VH-DUE was restored and remained current in September 2017. It had been ground-looped and run through a fence landing at Rockhampton in June 1970. Not long after the photo, it was finally dismantled and trucked to Victoria for repairs.
The significance of "Crowley Airways" on the fin is not known but Crowley was a Papua New Guinea based operator. Blanning had operated VH-DSP for at least three years prior to the photo. The aircraft was still registered in 2017 but its true status is in doubt. It suffered major damage at Medlow Bath, New South Wales, on July 20, 2004 when it cartwheeled into a pile of felled timber stacked next to the runway. It ended on its back.