50C Chief 24-3251, Alan Wilson
Built in the 1930's, this immaculately restored and maintained Aeronca Chief began it's flying career in Australia as VH-ACJ, sistership to Aeronca Chief VH-ACH, ofwhich
both aircraft spent time flying with the Royal Queensland Aero Club during the earlier years of thier life.
After being written-off due to an unfortunate accident at Toowoomba, Queensland in 1951 - VH-ACJ once again took to the skies
sometime later but this time as VH-RMB after being restored in Caboolture by Ron Baines and another Brisbane local.
After changing ownership yet again, VH-AMB (ex-ACJ) became an RAA registered aircraft (24-3251) and with it's new identity,
became a new life but this time as a flying training platform around the Gympie and Rainbow Beach area before being purchased by the current owner, Alan Wilson, and transported by trailer to where the aircraft continues to reside in an airworthy condition to
this very day - Smoky Creek airfield.
Powered by a 65hp A-65, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder Continental engine which is a member of the O-170 series of powerplants designed in the 1940's for application in light civil and military
aircraft, it is reported Aeronca Chief 24-3251 is capable of cruising between 65-70 knots.
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