DE HAVILLAND DROVER MK III VH-FDR "John Flynn"
C/N 5006

 

 


04JUN51
First flight at Bankstown as a Mk.I.
06JUN51
Delivered to TAA at Bankstown.
20JUN51
Certificate of Airworthiness issued.
VH-DRB
   
25JUN51
Registered to TAA as VH-DRB "John Flynn".
26JUN51
Delivered to TAA Sydney.
26JUN51
Ferried Sydney/Coffs Harbour/Brisbane by Capt. W.D. Young.
27JUN51
Publicity flying at Brisbane Airport.
28JUN51
Ferried to Charleville by Capt. Young. Based at Charleville for TAA services and Flying Doctor contract services.
53
Converted to Mk.II.
01JUL59
Change of ownership to Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld. Section). Operated and maintained by TAA.
JAN61
Converted to Mk.III at Bankstown. Main feature of the conversion was the fitment of Lycoming engines.
VH-FDR
   
01OCT62
Re-registered VH-FDR.
05JAN66
Damaged during take-off at Thargomindah when struck by a windstorm causing it to collide with rocks collapsing the undercarriage. Capt. Killen and two passengers were unhurt.
04AUG66
Struck off register at owner's request.
15MAY73
Noted stored dismantled in back of RFDS hangar at Charleville. No engines, full RFDS colours and still named "John Flynn".
75
Sold to Tangalooma Air Taxis for spares (for VH-AZS).
76
Trucked to Brisbane.
Passed through several owners including Laurie Cheras and Joe Drage.
DEC77
Stripped airframe acquired by Ross Stephens and used as a child's playhouse at his Aspley home.
23DEC79
Acquired by QAM in exchange for a play aeroplane constructed by David Bussey. By this time all that remained was the fuselage and two wings one of which had been run over by a vehicle prior to collection by QAM.
13SEP80
Moved from Ross Stephens' Aspley residence to QAM storage area at Brisbane Airport.
18JAN85
The northern suburbs of Brisbane were struck by a severe hailstorm with high winds. QAM aircraft escaped significant damage although one of the Drover wings was picked up by the winds and carried an estimated 100 metres being severely damaged in the process. Fortunately this was the wing which had been run over by a vehicle.
23FEB86
Transported to Caloundra.
SEP86
Markings on fuselage repainted by Wal Waterton.

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
20MAR12
Added an air-to-air image of the aircraft as VH-DRB.
3
21DEC09
Added a new image with the centre cowling repainted.
2
22NOV09
Added a recent image.
1
02JAN02
Original issue