Provided by the RAF during World War II for Qantas to operate non-stop flights between Australia and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). At the end of the war, the RAF ordered G-AGFM scuttled, not scrapped. A bridge over the Swan River prevented it being towed to sea. So the RAF ordered the aircraft by made airworthy again. On February 26, 1946 it was flown to the sea near Rottnest Island where it was sunk with explosives. Except for a wingtip float which had detached and drifted off. It had to be dispatched with a tomahawk. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales
This aircraft was about to be sold to Randal McFarlane in Australia as a warbird. It departed Red Deer four months later, on 5 Oct 2006, and arrived at Archerfield, QLD, Australia on 24 Oct 2006. In Jan 2008 it became VH-VNI.
A former Air Spray air tanker, VH-VNI arrived in Australia in 2006 as a warbird project. It remained registered in November 2018 but as can be seen from the photo, it has had its engines and some significant airframe components removed.