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VH-AMU Photo: John Bell

05 April 1978
Photo: John Bell 

Aircraft Data

Manufacturer: Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; P O Box 147, Elmira, NY 14902, USA.
Model: TSC-1A2 Teal II (FAA Code # 8051008)
Type Certificate No: A15EA
Serial Number: 28
Manufacturing Date: 1973-12-??

Avco Lycoming O-320-A3B 150 hp @ 2700 RPM

Remarks: Parts sold to Norway.  Serial number plate in possession of Steinar Saevdal.
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N2028T 1973-12-?? Manufacturing date. 
1973-12-?? First flight at Elmira, New York.
1973-12-?? FAA flight test.  FAA C of A issued. 
1974-??-?? Cancelled from US CAR.  
VH-AMU 1974-10-24 C of R issued to:
Keith Woodward; Keith Woodward Pty. Ltd., Bathurst, NSW, Australia.
1978-05-11 C of R issued to:
John Bell; Little Grove, West Australia.
1978-04-04 Damaged beyond repair by tropical cyclone 'Alby'. The formation of TC 'Alby', 1,000km north-west of Port Hedland, north of Perth, was detected on March 27. The cyclone moved on a south-west course. On April 3, the cyclone appeared to be weakening and although Alby lost its tropical cyclone characteristics, it still had gale force winds associated with it and gale warnings to shipping continued to be issued at 6-hourly intervals. Early on April 4, it changed direction and moved rapidly south-east, passing close to the south-west corner of the State and caused the most widespread cyclone damage in WA's history. Perth experienced wind gusts up to 130km/h, the strongest April winds on record. The south-west towns of Collie, Bunbury and Albany reported even higher gusts. The high winds fanned more than 70 bushfires in Perth and regional areas, whipped up dust and sand storms from surrounding dry areas, caused widespread power blackouts, and drove heavy seas into coastal towns. Five people lost their lives in the cyclones (3) and bushfires (2) and many others narrowly escaped serious injury. Cyclone damage to property alone, was estimated at $50m (in 1978 values).
1978-05-12 Cancelled from Australian CAR. 
1996-03-13 John Bell was killed in an aircraft accident flying his private airplane.
  Sources: John Bell
Australian CAR

VH-AMU Photo: John Bell

Photo: John Bell 

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