09/30/2009. Remarks by Ed Coates: "The prototype of the six-seat Model 60 Duke was first flown on December 29, 1966, registered as N8827B (c/n P-1). A total of 125 of the Model 60 were produced, followed by 121 of the A60 and 350 of the B60.
First flown in the USA as N7648N, this Duke was registered VH-ILI to Hawker de Havilland Australia P/L, Lidcombe, New South Wales, on September 3, 1969. Registered to Wigmores Tractors P/L of South Guildford, West Australia, in October 1970, it then went to Hancock Prospecting P/L of Claremont in 1974. After only a few months it was registered to Civil Flying Services P/L of Kew, Victoria, in May 1975.
By 1977 it was owned by Baldwin Investments P/L of Perth, West Australia. It was then chartered to Trans-West Air Charter (W.A.) before being sold to A.D. Blain of Toorak, Victoria, at the end of 1977. In 1988 it was reregistered VH-NYI while with Amann Aviation P/L of Winnellie, New Territories. By the time Ian McDonell took the above shot it was owned by AMT Helicopters and had assumed yet another identity - VH-ORI."