04/30/2009. Remarks by Ray Watkins: "Victa Consolidated Industries, which is probably best known in Australia for its lawn mowers, established an Aviation Division in 1960. The first project of the Aviation Division was an all-metal four-seat lightplane, known as the R-2, which was designed by Luigi Pellarini. Development of this aircraft was shelved when Victa obtained a license to produce the two-seat Airtourer, designed by Henry Millicer, which was the first Australian light aircraft to be granted type approval.
Victa also wanted to produce a light rotary-wing aircraft and built the prototype of a
two-seat all-metal autogiro which first flew in May 1962. The autogiro was designed by John Blackler and known variously
as the R-101 and Project 67A. Only the prototype (VH-MVB) was produced and development ceased when the company
withdrew from aviation in 1966. The aircraft is preserved at the Camden Museum of Aviation in New South Wales."