11/30/2008. 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.