The Department's Fleet of Beech Bonanzas

Commencing in 1964, DCA purchased five current model Beechcraft Bonanzas - one S35 model (VH-CAB), three V35s (VH-CAD, E, G) and an A36 (VH-CAQ) - one each year. They were delievered in the period 1964-69 and later an additional A36 (VH-SGS) was added. The Bonanzas were acquired as part of a policy to operate modern production light aircraft and replaced the Department's remaining Tiger Moths and Austers which were sold off in the early 1960s.

The Bonanzas were based in each Region and used as light communications aircraft, principally providing transport for Departmental officers on field trips. They remained in service until the early 1990s when they were sold off following the infamous 'Review of Resources' which stripped the Civil Aviation Authority of its transport fleet.

Click on the images below to see photos of the Department's Beech Bonanzas:


click here for Bonanza VH-CAB

< Beech S35 Bonanza VH-CAB

click here for Bonanza VH-CAD < Beech V35 Bonanza VH-CAD


click here for Bonanza VH-CAE < Beech V35 Bonanza VH-CAE
click here for Bonanza VH-CAG < Beech V35A Bonanza VH-CAG
click here for Bonanza VH-CAQ < Beech A36 Bonanza VH-CAQ
VH-SGS < Beech A36 Bonanza VH-SGS

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