SWEARINGEN METROLINER VH-BPV C/N TC-270

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Registered to Swearingen as N5467M.

Registered VH-BPV to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd, Cairns, Queensland.

Arrived in Cairns on delivery to BPA. Ferry routing was San Francisco - Honolulu - Majuro - Nauru - Cairns. The aircraft was marked "BPA Australia's Northern Airline".

Ferried from Cairns to Essendon for pre-service checks.

BPA changed their name to Air Queensland.

CofR holder changed to Air Queensland Ltd.

Air Queensland withdrew all their Metros as they had been rendered uneconomical by the requirement for a second pilot. Furthermore, a 600 pound take-off weight concession promised by the dealer was never approved by the FAA.

Struck off register on sale to New Zealand.

Registered to Air Albatross as ZK-SWC.

The first of four BPA Metros to be sold, VH-BPV/ZK-SWC departed Cairns on delivery to New Zealand. (Source: AA SEP/OCT85)

Noted at Brisbane as ZK-SWC on delivery to Air Albatross.

Departed Brisbane for Norfolk Island and Auckland on delivery to Air Albatross.

Arrived Melbourne from Nelson, NZ and Merimbula as ZK-SWC. Later flown to Wagga Wagga for preparation for entry into service with Kendell Airlines.

Struck off NZ register as exported to Australia.

Registered VH-BIF to Kendell Airlines (Australia) Pty Ltd. Operated on the Kendell network in Victoria and South Australia.

Operated its last flight for Kendell (KD236 Melbourne - Albury - Wagga). Subsequently withdrawn from use at Wagga and used for spares.

Struck off the register as withdrawn from use.

Moved by road from Wagga to Airworld at Wangaratta, Vic.

Sold to Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra.

Arrived at QAM, Caloundra on two trucks.

Repainted in Bush Pilots Airways colours as VH-BPV.

Repainted in Bush Pilots Airways colours as VH-BPV.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Remarks

Added an image of the aircraft at Essendon in March 1979 thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.

Issue: 09

DATE: 10 APR 20

Added a recent image thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 08

DATE: 04 OCT 19

Added departure from Cairns on 14MAR85 on delivery to NZ.

Issue: 07

DATE: 05 NOV 18

Added an image of the aircraft taken soon after delivery to BPA. Thanks to Nick Sayer.

Issue: 06

DATE: 14 AUG 17

Added an image of the aircraft on display at Airworld Wangaratta thanks to Fred Niven.

Issue: 05

DATE: 05 FEB 11

Added an image of the aircraft in Air Albatross livery as ZK-SWC thanks to Peter Lewis.

Issue: 04

DATE: 11 SEP 10

Aircraft repainted in BPA colours as VH-BPV. Photo added thanks to Nick Sayer.

Issue: 03

DATE: 17 OCT 05

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Issue: 02

DATE: 08 JUN 03

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