Chieftain may be known to many in the area because of the Sabre aircraft on stilts out the front, or perhaps because it was the lounge area for the ‘Bond’ Goodyear blimp. It was also used for interior flying school shots for the movie “NeverTell Me Never” which tells the story of Janine Shepherd (played by Claudia Karvan).
Because of Fawcett’s background the operation always had an interesting mix of aircraft, of which two were P41 Mustangs. Pictured is VH-BOY, a Commonwealth CA-17 Mustang 20 (P-51D, CA17-1364, photo taken 3 August 1973). Sadly, its sisterVH-BOZ – privately owned but operated by Chieftain - perished in a prang in 1973. BOY is now in the USA and carries the N551D marking.