Fokker F.28 Fellowship VH-ATE
A fine shot of Fokker F.28-1000 Fellowship VH-ATE (c/n 11082) 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 which replaced the former Department of Transport's 'Irish Compass' logo. The photo below shows VH-ATE getting airborne at Mangalore some time in the 1980s.
First registered to the Department of Transport on 9 December 1976, VH-ATE was purchased at a cost of $5,212,000 and specially fitted for airways survey. 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.
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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