Air Ambulance introduced the
Aero Commander into service in 1971. 



In 1971, Executive Airlines won the contract for Air Ambulance operations , operating 4 Aero-Commander Strike aircraft.  Whilst the aircraft were extremely reliable, loading of the aircraft was quite difficult.  Operations were moved to Essendon Airport at the same time to reduce transport time from the aircraft to Melbourne Hospitals.  At this time over 1,700 patient were being transported each year.


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