Remarks: Front Stbd view of Saab 340B Cn 340B-207 (wearing ficticious Registration VH-PBS) on display outside the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA) at Wagga Airport (YSWG) in May2012. This aircraft, in the livery of Regional Express Airlines (REX), was retired Feb2008 and I also photographed this Saab 340B wearing real Registration VH-OLN - taxying into Temora Airport (YTEM), NSW in Nov2005.
Remarks: Evening on the bay at Wagga. Built in 1999 for Sunstate, later Eastern/Qantaslink, this was the first 300-series Dash 8 in Australia. It was test flown in Canada as C-FDHO on 9 October that year but not re-registered as VH-SBB(2) until 6 March the following year.
Remarks: The registration marked on this aircraft is fake and remembers former Rex engineer Phil South, who passed away. It is really the former VH-OLN with mock-up gear and a few other parts. Test flown by SAAB in Sep 1990 as SE-G07 & delivered to Australia where it was flown on a demonstration tour before handed over to Hazelton. Re-reg VH-OLN on 5 Nov. Joined Rex fleet in Aug '02 when Hazleton sold following Ansett collapse. Retired in Feb '08 & used for parts. Now at the Australian Airline Pilot Academy.
Remarks: This 1985 Metro has an interesting history. Originally N614AV with Air Virginia; became Nashville Eagle. Then to Flagship Airlines, then Wings West. In 1987 operated for American Eagle. At some stage reacquired by Fairchild & converted to prototype Fairchild Multi Mission Surveillance Aircraft, carrying a phased-array radar in a long pod under the fuselage. Returned to standard configuration & exported to Australia, becoming VH-SSZ 29 September 1994. VH-EES since Jul 2001. Now awaiting disposal.