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RFDS South Eastern Section plane: a Beechcraft Kingair B200C
Serious road accident on the Fitroy Crossing-Hall's Creek Road, near Bohemia.
Queenair aircraft from Derby base is in attendance, September 1973.
Emergency evacuation in a Kingair at night, 1986. The RFDS in on call 24/7.
Patient and nurse in flight.
Beechcraft Kingair 200B about to take off.
'No appointments', donated to the RFDS by artist Helen Norton
One of the fleet - a Pilatus PC12
Truck, plane, red dirt!
Dragon DH84 aircraft, used at Wyndham base from 1939 until 1941, when it was requisitioned for use by the RAAF
Drover DHA-3 Inlander, Broken Hill base, 1956
Piper Navaho PA31, Miss K, Kalgoorlie base, 1968-1980
Beechcraft Baron ABP, Derby base, 1978-1982
Nomad aircraft VH-MSF, Broken Hill base, 1984 - at break of day
Dr Michelmore and paramedics prepare patient for flight on Nomad VH-MSF, 1984
Pilot Captain John Muhl preparing Derby base plane for flight, 1989
A rescue on Christmas day in 2004, in a Pilatus PC12
Halo of red dust!
RFDS display at the Australian National Aviation Museum, at Moorabbin Airport. It’s a museum that sparks the imagination! The exhibits are authentic. They are old. They are very precious. Many were rescued from scrap heaps, and magically restored. Each played a role in Australian aviation history. Each has a story to tell, like the gypsy moth that delivered newspapers to Victorians, and then went off to war; the Vickers Viscount that flew the revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro, before it joined TAA to fly Australian travellers; the bright corn yellow CAC Ceres that flew over NSW farmlands in the 1950s, dusting the crops with fertiliser.
Dedication ceremony for RFDS Queenair at Guildford airport, WA, 1972: RFDS aircraft all have names. The first plane was called Victory, after Melbourne industrialist and philanthropist, Hugh Victor McKay, whose bequest to Flynn's project enabled the RFDS to be founded. There are, understandably, several planes named John Flynn. The plane in this photo is being named after Fred Ryle, who spent many long, hot years, 1939-1962, at both Wyndham and Derby bases as radio operator and base director.
Dr Scott Kennedy with patient, in Dragon aircraft from Broken Hill base, 1948.