The BPA aircraft story.

Bushies first aircraft was a third hand fabric covered piston engined de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly manufactured in 1936 which they bought in 1951.  Their last aircraft purchased was a pressurised turbo prop Aerospatiale ATR42 introduced brand new in 1986 (50 years after the first one was manufactured).

Bushies and Air Queensland operated around 93 aircraft of 23 different types over their 37 years in the aviation business.  They started off as a small country charter company and ended up with a full airline licence operating regular public transport routes throughout Queensland and to the Northern Territory.  In between they ran mail runs to Cattle Stations, Mining Camps and small townships, scheduled Commuter routes between various cities and towns, freighter runs (sometimes carrying DC3 loads of prawns or beer!) and Tour flights throughout Australia.  They also operated Coastal Surveillance flights for the Australian Government for a number of years.

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De Havilland DRAGONFLY – AAD  AIA

Auster AUTOCAR J5B – BPA  BPB  BPC  BPD  BPE  DNM  KBB 

De Havilland TWIN OTTER – TGF  TGG  TGH  TGI  AQB

DOUGLAS DC3 – BPL  BPN  EDC  EDD  MAL  PNM  PWN  AEQ

Swearingen METRO – BPG  BPK  BPL  BPV  CFO  EEF  SWN  WGX  BPA

Fokker FRIENDSHIP – TQR  TQS  TQT FNM  FNU  FNV  FNW  MMO

Aerospatiale ATR42 – AQC  AQD

Britten Norman TRISLANDER – BPH  BGS  BPB  BSG  BSP 

Britten Norman ISLANDER – BPV 

Cessna 404 – BPM  BPO 

Cessna 402 – BPD  BPE  BPL  BPX  BPZ  DZY  ELZ  TFO  UBI

Cessna 310 – BNL  BPA  BPI  BPS  BPY  DTJ  ELS  FSR    

Cessna 210 – UBL  EUT  EKW 

Cessna 205 – BPE  BPF  BPO  BPQ  BPT  RJC 

Cessna 185 – BPA  BPB

Cessna 182 – BPA  BPD  BPF  BPG 

Cessna 180 – REF  SAJ 

Cessna 175 – BPH

Cessna 172 – BPD  BPG  BPJ  SHV

Gaf NOMAD – RCC  BRP

Piper AZTEC – BPW

Piper COMANCHE – ETC

Beech BONANZA – SAK