VH-OAS


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 2538
Previous Identities: 42-56045
A67-5
VH-RAE (callsign)
VH-GRB
Subsequent Identities: N4849V
N667 (NTU)
N1000S (NTU)
N101S
XB-SAO
N102SD (NTU but flown)
N2786Y

History:

42-56045
 
43 To United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 42-56045.
27JUL43
Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: 5)
11AUG43
Arrived Long Beach. (Source: 5)
15AUG43
Departed Long Beach. (Source: 5)
A67-5
 
23AUG43
Received at 3AD, Amberley ex USA as A67-5. Allotted to 37SQN same day for removal of long range trans-Pacific tanks. (Source: 6)
28AUG43
Received at 37SQN ex 3AD. (Source: 6)
A67-5 /
VH-RAE
 
01SEP43
Allocated callsign VH-RAE. (Source: 6)
15JUN44
Departed Archerfield for transport duties. (Source: 6)
16DEC44
Port engine failure. (Source: 6)
22FEB45
Allotted to 1AD, Laverton ex 37SQN for modification for use by the Governor-General. (Source: 6)
23FEB45
Received at 1AD ex 37SQN. (Source: 6)
18MAR45
Received at 1 Communications Unit ex 1AD. (Source: 6)
10APR45
Held at 1CU for use by the Minister for Air. (Source: 6)
12JUN45
Allotted to 7AD, Tocumwal for trial repairs to fuel tanks. (Source: 6)
14JUN45
Received at 7AD ex 1CU. (Source: 6)
16JAN46
Work to cease. Aircraft to be stored under Cat D. (Source: 6)
08FEB46
Stored at 7AD (later Care and Maintenance Unit) (Source: 6)
03FEB47
Sold to Mr. G. Board, c/- S. Godden, Potts Point, NSW for 1,000. (Source: 6)
15MAR47
Issued to purchaser. (Source: 6)
47
Test flown at Tocumwal and flown to Camden by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
MAY47
Flown Camden-Bankstown by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
VH-GRB
 
17SEP47
Application for CofR by Gregory Richmond Board of Bellevue Hill, NSW. (Source: 4)
19SEP47
Application for CofA by Gregory Richmond Board of Bellevue Hill, NSW. (Source: 4)
SEP47
Test flown at Bankstown and Mascot as VH-GRB. Dual at Bankstown with Titus Oates
01OCT47
CofA 1346 issued as VH-GRB. (Source: 4)
04OCT47
Departed Mascot for Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin-Koepang-Sourabaya-Singapore. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
11OCT47
Aircraft arrived at Mascot from Singapore with a crew of 4 and 15 passengers. (Source: 8)
Source: 1 shows 13OCT47.
17OCT47
Departed Mascot for Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin-Koepang-Sourabaya-Singapore. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
22OCT47
Arrived Darwin on a charter. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
23OCT47
Departed Darwin for Koepang-Sourabaya-Singapore arriving same day. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
26OCT47
Departed Singapore for Sourabaya-Bali-Koepang-Darwin-Cloncurry-Charleville-Mascot arriving 28OCT47. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
07NOV47
Departed Mascot for Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin-Koepang-Sourabaya-Singapore-Kota Baru-Bangkok-Rangoon-Calcutta-Allahabad-Lahore-Karachi-Jiwani-Bahrain-Lydda-Athens arriving 26NOV47. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
06DEC47
Departed Athens for Lydda-Bahrain-Jiwani-Karachi-Allahabad-Nagpur-Calcutta-Rangoon-Penang-Singapore-Sourabaya-Bali-Koepang-Darwin-Cloncurry-Charleville-Mascot arriving 12DEC47. Captain Greg Board, Wireless Operator Morgan. (Source: 1)
13DEC47
Arrived at Mascot from Athens, Greece. The pilot, Greg Board, wrote the name "Singapore Clipper" on the passenger manifest but it is not known if this name was ever painted on the aircraft. (Source: 8)
Source: 1 shows 12DEC47.
23DEC47
CofR 1430 issued as VH-GRB. (Fees hadn't been paid, hence the different date of issue to that of the CofA.) (Source: 4)
01MAR48
Departed Karachi for Bombay-Nagpur-Calcutta-Nagpur-Karachi arriving on 03MAR48. Captain Greg Board. (Source: 1)
18MAR48
Arrived at Mascot from Rome and Athens. The pilot, Greg Board, wrote the name "Jade Star" on the passenger manifest but it is not known if this name was ever painted on the aircraft. (Source: 8)
08APR48
Change of ownership to New Holland Airways, Potts Point, NSW. (Source: 4)
14APR48
Aircraft departed Mascot at 1300 hours for Athens. (Source: 4)
JUN48
Conversion for Horlock by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
20SEP49
CofA expired. (Source: 4)
12APR50
Letter from Australian National Airways that Gregory William Hanlon, who trades as New Holland Airways, is indebted to ANA and that they have a Bill of Sale over the aircraft. (Source: 4)
JUN50
Captain Ron W. Howitt, who had been manager of New Holland Airways, joined Overland Air Services by this date as Chief Pilot and Operations Manager. (Source: 4)
VH-OAS
 
01AUG50
Change of ownership to Overland Air Services Pty Ltd, Condoblin, NSW and change of registration to VH-OAS. (Source: 4)
08OCT50
Test flown at Sydney as VH-OAS by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
10OCT50
Sydney-Bathurst-Sydney. (Source: 1)
17OCT50
Sydney-Parkes. (Source: 1)
24OCT50
Sydney-Cessnock-Dungog. (Source: 1)
25OCT50
Dungog-Sydney. (Source: 1)
20NOV50
Sydney-West Wyalong-Temora. (Source: 1)
21NOV50
Temora-West Wyalong-Broken Hill-Alice Springs. (Source: 1)
22NOV50
Alice Springs-Broken Hill-West Wyalong-Sydney. (Source: 1)
11APR51
Change of address for Overland Air Services to Hangar 2, Lords Road, Mascot, NSW. (Source: 7)
27AUG51
Aircraft taxied into a DCA fire trailer at Bathurst, damaging a prop. (Pilot: R.W. Howitt). Aircraft returned to service the same day. (Source: 4)
12OCT51
Instrument check. (Source: 1)
16OCT51
Instrument check. (Source: 1)
04JAN52
Sydney-Cootamundra-West Wyalong-Temora-Cootamundra-Sydney. (Source: 1)
05JAN52
Sydney-West Wyalong-Lake Cargelligo-Condobolin-West Wyalong-Sydney. (Source: 1)
16JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
17JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
18JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
19JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
21JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
22JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
23JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
24JAN52
Alternate routes flown for Overland Air Services. (Source: 1)
27JAN52
Sydney-Temora-Broken Hill-Alice Springs. (Source: 1)
28JAN52
Alice Springs-Broken Hill-Temora-Sydney. (Source: 1)
30JAN52
Sydney-West Wyalong-Lake Cargelligo-Condobolin-West Wyalong-Sydney. (Source: 1)
10APR52
OAS went into voluntary liquidation. Charles A. Law appointed liquidator. (Source: 7)
26FEB53
Bill of Sale to Aviation Export Co Inc as VH-OAS. (Source: 3)
N4849V
 
16MAR53
Bill of Sale from Aircraft Sales Ltd to Dorothy Clemente as N4849V. (Source: 3) (Source: 2 gives the purchaser's name as Dorothy Converso).
30MAR53
Liquidator of Overland Air Services wrote to DCA to advise that (among other things) Lodestar VH-OAS had been sold for £4,700. (Source: 4)
08JUL53
Liquidator wrote to DCA requesting that the aircraft be removed from the register as it has been sold to Aviation Export Co Inc, Los Angeles, USA. (Source: 3)
08JUL53
An undated letter from DCA to the FAA (received on 20JUL53) confirms that the aircraft was struck off Australian Register on 08JUL53. (Source: 3)
18FEB54
Bill of Sale from Dorothy Clemente to Aviation Export Co. Ltd. Inc. One Clair M. Waterbury was both a partner in Aircraft Sales Ltd. and president of Aviation Export Co. (Source: 3)
FEB54
A planned conversion to a Pressurised Lodestar was apparently not proceeded with. (Source: 2)
19FEB54
Bill of Sale from Aviation Export Co. Ltd. to Roy Gordon. (Source: 3)
N667 (NTU)
 
01APR54
Letter from Aviation Export to FAA requests that N4849V be re-registered N667. (Source: 3)
28JUN54
Bill of Sale from Roy Gordon to Interstate Aircraft Co. (Source: 3)
N1000S
(NTU)
 
18NOV54
Potter Aircraft Service cable the FAA requesting that the aircraft be re-registered N1000S. (Source: 3)
22DEC54
Bill of Sale from Interstate Aircraft Co. to Utex Exploration Co Inc. (Source: 3)
N101S
 
15JUN56
Certificate of Registration corrected to show N101S. (Source: 3)
12FEB58
Underwent Howard mods (ACA-337) (Source: 3)
01DEC58
Underwent Howard mods (ACA-337) (Source: 3)
22MAY59
Bill of Sale from Utex Exploration to Howard Aero Inc. (Source: 3)
23MAY59
Bill of Sale from Howard Aero Inc. to Celanese Corp of America. (Source: 3)
30DEC59
Converted to a Howard 250 (ACA-337) (Source: 3)
05APR67
To J.P. Silva. (Source: 2)
XB-SAO
 
06APR67
Celanese cable the FAA requesting that N101S be cancelled as the aircraft has been transferred to Celanese Mexicana SA as XB-SAO. (Source: 3)
AUG74 Landed at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in Washington State with engine trouble. The two crew identified themselves to the airport manager as John Hernandez and Dale Robertson. After parking the aircraft they stated that they would return in two or three days but it wasn't until November that they returned to work on the aircraft. In consultation with Ottman Aviation (the local FBO at the time) they diagnosed a defective cylinder on the port engine. The two crew departed again promising to return but it was around March 1975 that they reappeared claiming that the aircraft had been sold. They replaced a piston and tested the engine to their satisfaction and departed again leaving the aircraft behind. (Source: 9)
05MAY75 John Hernandez and Dale Robertson returned to Pullman-Moscow and departed in the Lodestar for Guadalajara, Mexico. Shortly after departure, the port engine failed and the aircraft returned to Pullman-Moscow and the two pilots were never seen again. (Source: 9)
21JUN75 The airport manager received a telephone call from a Los Angeles attorney claiming to represent the owners. He advised that John Hernandez had been killed in an air crash and that the other pilot, who used the alias Dale Robertson, could not be contacted. However, the Mexican owners still had an interest in recovering the Lodestar. (Source: 9)
OCT75 Around OCT-NOV75 two mechanics arrived and removed the failed port engine and departed for California with the engine. Nothing further was heard from the owners and the aircraft was effectively abandoned. There were several enquiries about acquiring the aircraft but the legal difficulties always proved insurmountable. In the interim, the Lodestar suffered at the hands of local vandals. (Source: 9)
14DEC77
Cancelled from the Mexican register. (Source: 3)
04SEP79 Pullman-Moscow Airport workers returned from the Labor Day holiday to find that the Lodestar was gone, leaving behind wheel tracks across the adjoining wheatfields. (Source: 9)
15OCT79 Local cropduster Dale E. Schoepflin confirmed to the local newspaper that he had towed the Lodestar 18 miles through wheatfields to his farm. During the ensuing years, Schoepflin managed to obtain legal ownership of the Lodestar. (Source: 9)
05NOV82
Bill of Sale from Capt. Sergio Ariza Lizana to Westernair of Albuquerque, NM. (Source: 3)
13NOV82
Dale's Flying Service of Palouse, Washington wrote to the FAA stating that the aircraft has been grounded since 12MAY74 and has been in their custody for the past 5 years, still marked as XB-SAO. (Source: 3)
N2786Y
 
02DEC82
Re-registered N2786Y. (Source: 2)
N102SD
(NTU)
 
09DEC82
Allotted registration N102SD but this was not taken up. (Source: 3)
Although officially not taken up, the registration was crudely applied to the aeroplane and it did fly under that registration. (Source: 9)
84 After replacing the port engine, Schoepflin traded the Lodestar for two single-engine Cessnas with a person in New Mexico. With the new owner and Schoepflin as pilots, the Lodestar was flown out of the 1,800 foot strip on Schoepflin's farm back to Pullman-Moscow Airport from which it had been liberated. This flight, subsequent test flights and the delivery flight to New Mexico were under the registration N102SD which was crudely applied to the rear fuselage. Although this registration was officially not taken up, there is photographic evidence that the Lodestar did fly under this registration. (Source: 9)
25JAN84
Bill of Sale from Westernair to Pedro Pables. (Source: 3)
26JUL84
To CBI Aircraft Inc. (Source: 2)
19SEP84
Bill of Sale (undated) from Pedro Pables to CBI Aircraft received by the FAA on this date. Pedro Pables was Vice-President of CBI Aircraft. (Source: 3)
Note that Source: 2 has the date of sale as 26JUL84 (see above).
87
Noted carrying the name "Maya". (Source: 2)
N2786Y
 
14FEB90
Bill of Sale from CBI Aircraft to Peter Pess. Registration shown as N2786Y. (Source: 3)
09MAR90 Registered N2786Y to Peter Pess, Roswell, NM. (Source: 10)
APR99
Reported parked at Albuquerque, NM
26APR02
Photographed at Albuquerque by John Vogel.
18DEC12 N2786Y cancelled from the FAA Register. (Source: 10)

 

The Liberation of Lodestar XB-SAO

 

SOURCES
1
Log Book of Gregory R. Board photographed by Matthew Denning and transcribed by Geoff Goodall.
2
Peter Marson, The Lockheed Twins, Air-Britain Historians, 2001.
3
FAA, Washington, USA via Gary Killion and Gordon Reid.
4
NAA, MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1 via Geoff Goodall.
5
NAA, MAC Air Case 200 via Gordon Birkett.
6
RAAF Status Card Form E/E.88.
7
List of defunct companies held at State Records, Kingswood, NSW.
8
NAA, C3458/2 Rolls 2 & 4 Inward Passengers.
9
Greg Otterson
10
FAA Register accessed 21APR21.


Issue Date Remarks
13 21APR21
Added details from Source: 10.
12 18SEP19
Added the full story of the aircraft's time at Pullman-Moscow thanks to Greg Otterson (Source: 9). Added an air-to-air image of the aircraft as N102SD thanks to Greg Otterson. Also expanded the Sources table.
11 10AUG18
Added details from Source: 1.
10 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
9 26JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
8 06MAR06
Additional references to Overland Air Services at JUN50 and 30MAR53. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
7 13JUL04
Added a rare photo of the aircraft as VH-OAS with Overland Air Services. Thanks to Peter Anderson and Geoff Goodall.
6 22JAN04
Added several events extracted from various sources by Chris O'Neill.
Added several references from the RAAF Status Card.
Added several references from "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson.
Added several references from the FAA files in Washington thanks to Gary Killion and Gordon Reid.
All of these entries are shown with sources.
5 08MAY02
Added recent sighting at Albuquerque.





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