the six years since the first post restoration flight on 06SEP91,
Ansertes has flown 300 hours. During this period she
has returned to Darwin (19FEB92) as an official participant
in the 50th anniversary commemorations of the first bombing.
Ansertes operated 10 evacuation flights out of Darwin
during FEB/MAR42. She has also returned to Townsville and Cairns,
the scene of three years of her wartime service (Sydney-Townsville-Sydney
daily). She also participated in the 70th and 75th anniversaries
of the RAAF. Ansertes flew as the official aircraft (carrying
Nancy Bird Walton as crew) in the 1996 re-enactment of the 1936
Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race. The aeroplane attended the "Save
Essendon Air Show" in 1996 and participated in numerous other
smaller airshows and charity events - always a crowd pleaser.
To date, in excess of 600,000 spectators have viewed Ansertes
during airshow performances. The aircraft performs and operates
perfectly despite her now 60 year age. She has no flying vices
and could still operate commercially, in competition with modern
feeder airliners. As the saying goes - "They don't build them
like they used to." Ansertes has been the subject of
many aviation magazine articles, both local and international.
She has also featured in television documentaries and even made
a four-page centrefold in a national women's fashion magazine.|