Flying Doctor Operations - c.1960s

By the late 1960s Australia's aerial ambulance services were beginning to use a variety of modern light aircraft. This photo shows a patient being disembarked at Adelaide/West Beach Airport (SA) from Whyalla Aerial Ambulance Piper Cherokee 6 VH-PPK Sir Edward Heyward. The text on the fuselage, obscured in this photo, reads 'WHYALLA AMBULANCE SERVICE S.A.

This aircraft was added to the Register new on 19 May 1967, owned by the Whyalla Ambulance Committee. On 15 October 1969 the aircraft was traded to Ansett General Aviation (the Australian Piper agents) for a Piper Seneca. The new aircraft scarcely provided any improvement in cabin size, but did offer a measure of twin-engine safety.

The HD Holden panel van ambulance belongs to the volunteer St John Ambulance Brigade.

(Photo: CAHS collection)

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