Gulfstream American G1000 VH-LTK

In 1983 the Department of Aviation obtained five new turboprop Gulfsteam American G1000s (effectively Aero Commander 695As) to replace the Department's fleet of earlier Merlin IIs and IIIs. Powered by two Garrett Airesearch TPE 331-10 engines, VH-LTK (c/n 96075) was one of this batch and was registered new to the Department of Aviation on 1 September 1983.

The G1000s were fitted specially with hardpoints on the rear fuselage for dropping Search And Rescue (SAR) stores such as life rafts. Additionally, they were used for general transport duties for Departmental officers. This photo shows VH-LTK departing from the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia's then-annual Mangalore Airshow on 7 April 1984.

The Gulfstreams were all disposed of c.1993 following the Civil Aviation Authority's 'Review of Resources'.

(Photo: Roger McDonald)


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