Fokker F28 Fellowship VH-ATE
VH-ATE


First registered to the Department of Transport on 9 December 1976, Fokker F28-1000 Fellowship VH-ATE (c/n 11082) was purchased at a cost of $5,212,000 and specially fitted for airways survey. The photo above shows VH-ATE at DoT's Melbourne/Essendon base in 1980. The image below, also at Essendon, was taken about the same time and both show the aircraft wearing the DoT logo.


VH-ATE


The fine shot below shows VH-ATE in flight in 1982 wearing the Department of Aviation colour scheme of the mid-1980s. Note the Civil Air Ensign on the fin and forward fuselage.

 


Below, VH-ATE gets airborne at Mangalore some time in the 1980s.

The first of the three F.28s to be disposed of, VH-ATE was sold to Ansett Airlines of Australia which reserved the registration VH-FKK. This registration was, however, not taken up as the aircraft was on-sold to Time Air of Canada before entering Ansett service. The aircraft was re-registered C-GTAH in March 1988.

The proceeds of the sale of VH-ATE were used to fund the acqusition by the Department of H.S.125 VH-JFT.

 

VH-ATE

 

Click here to see a pre-delivery photo of VH-ATE as PH-EXN

(Photo: Top-CAHS collection 180M-82 / Bottom-SAAM collection)

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