Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 2611
Previous Identities: 43-16451
VHRAG (callsign)
Subsequent Identities: 2501 (Israeli Air Force)


43 Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16451
08NOV43 Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
08NOV43 Arrived Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
14NOV43 Departed Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
28NOV43 To 37 Sqn RAAF as A67-7. Allocated callsign VHRAG.
26SEP47 Struck off charge by RAAF. Subsequently sold ex storage at Tocumwal to Stanley V. Godden operating overseas charter flights under the trading name Godden Air Transport.
30DEC47 CofA issued as VH-BFZ
28FEB48 Departed Darwin for India on its first long trip.
05SEP48 Passed through Bahrein under the command of Stanley Godden having been sold to Service Airways Inc of Rome for 8,000. The aeroplane was subsequently handed over to the Israeli Air Force who gave it the serial number 2501.
31OCT48 Severely damaged in a crash landing at Herzliya. Apparently the aircraft was written off as the serial 2501 was subsequently reallocated briefly to Hudson ex VH-BIH which later became 2601. (This change possibly reflects a late realisation that the Lodestar and the Hudson are two different types).
SEP50 Struck off charge and presented to the IDFAF Ground School

Issue Date Remarks
5 03APR16
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4 24JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
3 16FEB00 -

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