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)
N2786Y

History:

To United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 42-56045
27JUL43 Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
11AUG43 Arrived Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
15AUG43 Departed Long Beach. (Source: MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett)
23AUG43 Received at 3AD, Amberley ex USA as A67-5. Allotted to 37SQN same day for removal of long range trans-Pacific tanks. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
28AUG43 Received at 37SQN ex 3AD. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
01SEP43 Allocated callsign VH-RAE. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
15JUN44 Departed Archerfield for transport duties. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
16DEC44 Port engine failure. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
22FEB45 Allotted to 1AD, Laverton ex 37SQN for modification for use by the Governor-General. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
23FEB45 Received at 1AD ex 37SQN. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
18MAR45 Received at 1 Communications Unit ex 1AD. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
10APR45 Held at 1CU for use by the Minister for Air. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
12JUN45 Allotted to 7AD, Tocumwal for trial repairs to fuel tanks. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
14JUN45 Received at 7AD ex 1CU. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
16JAN46 Work to cease. Aircraft to be stored under Cat D. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
08FEB46 Stored at 7AD (later Care and Maintenance Unit) (Source: RAAF Status Card)
03FEB47 Sold to Mr. G. Board, c/- S. Godden, Potts Point, NSW for 1,000. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
15MAR47 Issued to purchaser. (Source: RAAF Status Card)
17SEP47 Application for CofR by Gregory Richmond Board of Bellevue Hill, NSW. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
19SEP47 Application for CofA by Gregory Richmond Board of Bellevue Hill, NSW. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
01OCT47 CofA 1346 issued as VH-GRB. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
11OCT47 Aircraft arrived at Mascot from Singapore with a crew of 4 and 15 passengers. (Source: NAA C3458/2 Rolls 2 & 4 Inward Passengers)
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: NAA C3458/2 Rolls 2 & 4 Inward Passengers)
23DEC47 CofR 1430 issued as VH-GRB. (Fees hadn't been paid, hence the different date of issue to that of the CofA.) (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 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: NAA C3458/2 Rolls 2 & 4 Inward Passengers)
08APR48 Change of ownership to New Holland Airways, Potts Point, NSW. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
14APR48 Aircraft departed Mascot at 1300 hours for Athens. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
20SEP49 CofA expired. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
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: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
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: G. Goodall)
01AUG50 Change of ownership to Overland Air Services Pty Ltd, Condoblin, NSW and change of registration to VH-OAS. (Source: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
11APR51 Change of address for Overland Air Services to Hangar 2, Lords Road, Mascot, NSW. (Source: List of defunct companies held at State Records, Kingswood, NSW)
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: NAA MP113/1 VH/OAS Part 1)
10APR52 OAS went into voluntary liquidation. Charles A. Law appointed liquidator. (Source: List of defunct companies held at State Records, Kingswood, NSW)
26FEB53 Bill of Sale to Aviation Export Co Inc as VH-OAS. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
16MAR53 Bill of Sale from Aircraft Sales Ltd to Dorothy Clemente as N4849V. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA) ("The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson 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. (NAA via G. Goodall)
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: FAA, Washington, USA)
08JUL53 An undated letter from DCA to the FAA (received on 20JUL53) confirms that the aircraft was struck off Australian Register on 08JUL53. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
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: FAA, Washington, USA)
FEB54 A planned conversion to a Pressurised Lodestar was apparently not proceeded with. (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
19FEB54 Bill of Sale from Aviation Export Co. Ltd. to Roy Gordon. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
01APR54 Letter from Aviation Export to FAA requests that N4849V be re-registered N667. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
28JUN54 Bill of Sale from Roy Gordon to Interstate Aircraft Co. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
18NOV54 Potter Aircraft Service cable the FAA requesting that the aircraft be re-registered N1000S. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
22DEC54 Bill of Sale from Interstate Aircraft Co. to Utex Exploration Co Inc. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
15JUN56 Certificate of Registration corrected to show N101S. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
12FEB58 Underwent Howard mods (ACA-337) (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
01DEC58 Underwent Howard mods (ACA-337) (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
22MAY59 Bill of Sale from Utex Exploration to Howard Aero Inc. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
23MAY59 Bill of Sale from Howard Aero Inc. to Celanese Corp of America. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
30DEC59 Converted to a Howard 250 (ACA-337) (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
05APR67 To J.P. Silva. (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
06APR67 Celanese cable the FAA requesting that N101S be cancelled as the aircraft has been transferred to Celanese Mexicana SA as XB-SAO. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
12MAY74 Grounded. Flown to Pullman-Moscow Airport, WA about same date. (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
14DEC77 Cancelled from the Mexican register. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
05NOV82 Bill of Sale from Capt. Sergio Ariza Lizana to Westernair of Albuquerque, NM. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
13NOV82 Dale's Flying Service of Palouse, Washington write 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: FAA, Washington, USA)
02DEC82 Re-registered N2786Y. (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
09DEC82 Allotted registration N102SD but this was not taken up. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
25JAN84 Bill of Sale from Westernair to Pedro Pables. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
26JUL84 To CBI Aircraft Inc. (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
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: FAA, Washington, USA)
Note that "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson has the date of sale as 26JUL84 (see above).
87 Noted carrying the name "Maya". (Source: "The Lockheed Twins" by Peter Marson)
14FEB90 Bill of Sale from CBI Aircraft to Peter Pess. Registration shown as N2786Y. (Source: FAA, Washington, USA)
APR99 Reported parked at Albuquerque, NM
26APR02 Photographed at Albuquerque by John Vogel (see above)


Issue Date Remarks
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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