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.
MAR48 Bankstown-Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin. Crew: Warren Penny, S.V. Godden & P. Thurlow. (Source: 1)
MAR48 Darwin-Cloncurry-Charleville-Mascot. Crew: Warren Penny, J. Hurst & P. Thurlow. (Source: 1)
NOTE: These flights in March 1948 do not show specific dates although flight times are recorded for each sector. The lack of detail suggests that these flights might have been added retrospectively.
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


Log Book of Warren Penny photographed by Greg Weir in 2021.

Issue Date Remarks
6 11APR21
Added references from Source: 1.
5 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
4 24JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
3 16FEB00 -

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