Adastra Airways Waco YKS-6 VH-UYD - 1937
This aircraft was imported from the USA by Adastra for use on their Bega service and by February 1937 was erected and ready for testing. It was not, however, until 6 August that it was formally registered as VH-UYD.
By September 1939 the Bega service was being operated exclusively by a DH Dragonfly and the Waco was released for aerial survey work. It was so employed, often flown until 1942 by Norm Rodoni, until June 1945 when it was sold to a private owner. Being engaged on defence-related work, it was one of the few civil aircraft to escape impressment during the War.
After the War VH-UYD passed through a succession of owners and it survives today (c.2004), based in South Australia.
(Photo: Dora Payens/Ron Cuskelly collection)