PETER RYE COLLECTION
No. 8351. Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander (G-AXSN c/n 81)
Photographed at Parafield, South Australia, Australia, December 1969, by Peter Rye

Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander

11/30/2008. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Manufactured in 1969 and test flown with the 'Class B' registration G-51-22, this aircraft was destined for the USA, however, the registration N870JA was not taken up. As G-AXSN and numbered 68 it participated in the London - Sydney Air Race that took place between December 18, 1969 and January 4, 1970.

Flown by Hugh Astor of Southampstead, Berkshire, UK, it ended as 33rd in a field of 61 single and twin-engined aircraft. The winner was another Islander, G-AXUD c/n 132.

G-AXSN was registered in Australia as VH-ROV on January 30, 1970, and was subsequently registered as P2-ROV (Papua New Guinea), P2-PAA, P2-ISM, H4-AAI (Solomon Islands, not taken up), P2-ISS, YJ-RV6 (Vanuatu), before it became VH-CSU. It is still registered as such as of this day."



Created November 30, 2008