DE HAVILLAND DOVE MK.I VH-MAL
MSN 04120

 

 

QAM thanks David Bussey for funding the purchase of this aircraft.

 



48
  Built at Hatfield by de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd.
VP-KEJ
   
04MAR48
  Delivered to East African Airways Corporation as VP-KEJ and named "Swahili" later renamed "Masai".
04MAR48
  Added to Kenya Register as VP-KEJ.
31MAY51
  Registration application from Mandated Airlines Ltd., Lae, PNG.
JUN51
  Sold to MAL along with VP-KDG.
JUL51
  Ferried from Nairobi to Lae as VP-KEJ.
28JUL51
  Arrived Lae from Darwin along with VP-KDG.
JUL51
  Both aircraft used for crew training in PNG still carrying VP marks prior issue of Australian CofA.
06SEP51
  Australian CofA issued.
VH-MAL
   
19JUN51
  (Backdated) Added to register as VH-MAL. Aircraft to be used on supplemental services ex Port Moresby to connect with Trans Oceanic Airlines flying boat service ex Sydney. Named "Rai" in MAL service.
08AUG51
  Fault in nosewheel latch prevented extension of nose- wheel until the co-pilot cut a hole in the cockpit floor and pushed wheel into down-locked position in flight. Aircraft grounded for repairs. See Axe Attack Revisited
07SEP51
  Returned to service.
FEB52
  Application for conversion to 18 seater for carrying natives in inwards facing seats. Not approved.
MAY52
  Wingspar boom overhaul completed by Airlines (WA).
10MAY52
  Total airframe time: 2287 hrs.
10AUG52
  Ferried to Bankstown for CofA inspection.
16DEC52
  Conversion to 18 seater approved after submission of better drawings.
17DEC52
  Completion of inspection.
21MAY53
  CofA suspended when wing skins found wrinkled.
06NOV53
  Port engine failure after hole burnt in cylinder.
17DEC53
  CofA renewed at Bankstown.
14JAN54
  Delivered to Perth for Airlines (WA).
VH-AWE
   
10MAR54
  Change of ownership to Airlines (WA) Ltd. Perth WA. Reregistered VH-AWE same day.
VH-GVE
   
19AUG55
  Change of ownership to Southern Airlines Ltd. Essendon VIC. Reregistered VH-GVE same day.
AUG55
  Delivered to Essendon late in month.
17APR58
  The aircraft suffered undercarriage damage at Swan Hill while being flown by Joe Salfas. Soon after touch down there was a loud thump and the aircraft became airborne and when touching down the nose wheel collapsed. The pilot maintains that the Dove hit a ridge of dirt on the strip and that the groundsman graded the strip the next morning before it could be inspected by the authorities and consequently he was accused of making a heavy landing. According to his log book the incident happened on 17 April 1958. After temporary repairs using some ‘dexion’ he flew the Dove back to Melbourne, solo, with the undercarriage down on 19 April. (Source: Joe Salfas' log book via Neil Follett)
60
  To Rain Air Taxis, c/- Australian Aircraft Sales, Sydney. Operated by Executive Air Services from Bankstown although little flying was done.
12JAN60
  Weighed at Essendon. Owner shown as Rain Air Taxis. Aircraft in 9 passenger configuration. 
07AUG61
  Owner shown as Australian Aircraft Sales.
14FEB62
  Aircraft weighing summary shows owner as Executive Air Transport with maintenance by Fawcett Aviation Bankstown. 8 seat configuration. CofA (Class 1, private) valid to 12JUL71 issued to Marie Bennet, Woollara, NSW.
10SEP62
  At CofA renewal for Executive Airways total time shown as 9,164 hours 25 mins. with only 16 hrs. 55 mins. since last renewal.
13JUL62
  Sold to Chartwell Pty. Ltd. Gordon, NSW (Manager, Mr. D.S. McKellar)
13AUG62
  Letter from Chartwell advising purchase and requesting change of registration to VH-DSM.
21SEP62
  CofA still shows owner as Mrs. Bennett.
VH-DSM
   
11SEP63
  Reregistered VH-DSM to D.S. McKellar trading as Chartwell P/L
16OCT63
  Chartered by Notley Aviation, Camden.
17OCT63
  CofA renewed to Chartwell. Total time 9,175 hrs. 55 mins. with 10 hrs. 50 mins. since last renewal.
30OCT63
  Request for change of registration category to Class 3, Charter.
01NOV63
  Transfer of ownership to D.S.M. Holdings Pty. Ltd., Gordon, NSW. Aircraft based at Camden.
26NOV63
  de Havilland, Bankstown found a 4 inch crack in left front lower spar boom which had been missed in previous x-ray inspection by another company.
06JAN64
  Flown Camden-Bankstown by pilot Gray. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
07APR64
  Records to this date from 05NOV63 show a/c apparently flown only by D.S. McKellar.
23APR64
  Flown only 16 hrs. 55 mins. since 18OCT63.
MAY64
  Overhauled by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown and repainted with dark blue in lieu of light blue.
VH-BCB
   
10MAY64
  Noted at Sydney (KSA) painted as VH-BCB. It was reported that the Australian representatives of Donald Campbell arranged to charter the aeroplane and reregister it VH-BDC (Bluebird Donald Campbell) for use in connection with his world land speed record attempt on Lake Eyre. However on his arrival, Campbell chose the Avis Aero Commander VH-AVT and the Dove charter fell through.
VH-DSM
   
MAY64
  Repainted as VH-DSM in last week of May.
30JUN64
  Still idle at Flight Facilities Sydney having only made a brief flight to Bankstown in early June.
64
  Change of ownership to DSM Holdings, Sydney. Reported to be operating under the name Scenic Airways.
20SEP64
  Chartered by the NSW Branch of the Aviation Historical Society of Aust. for a trip to RAAF Williamtown for an air display. Passengers included Chris O'Neill, Steve Gibson and Peter Ricketts. Cost was £5.0.0 return. Pilot was Doug McKellar.
26SEP64
  Landed at Longreach with a nosewheel problem. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
30SEP64
  Flown Mornington Island-Burketown (or Bourke?) by pilot McKellar. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
01NOV64
  Flown Sydney-Forster. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
06NOV64
  CofA renewal by Notley Aviation for Chartwell in charter category.
27OCT65
  Flown Scone-Sydney. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
04JAN66
  Flown Khancoban-Sydney by pilot McKellar. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
13SEP66
  Flown Rockhampton-Brisbane by pilot Moss. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
11DEC66
  Nosewheel tyre deflated on landing at Sydney. Pilot McKellar. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
AUG67
  Not flown until NOV67
09NOV67
  Permit to fly issued for Harry Purvis to ferry a/c from Port Macquarie to Camden for major inspection and reweighing.
31DEC67
  Photographed at Camden NSW in two tone blue and white colour scheme with Chartwell titles.
JAN68
  Flown Sydney-Port Macquarie by pilot K. Oram. (DCA files via G. Goodall)
19SEP68
  Test flight at Camden.
30OCT68
  To Nicholson's Air Service, P.O. Box 55, Toowong, Qld.
12JUN69
  Change of ownership to Nicholson's Air Service Wee Waa, NSW.
JUN70
  Total hours 9,580.
SEP71
  Major inspection until OCT71
05MAY72
  Reweighed by East-West Airlines, Tamworth.
27MAR74
  CofA reissued for Nicholson's, Wee Waa.
28OCT74
  Registration category changed from Class 3 (Charter) to Class 1 (Private).
22FEB77
  Change of ownership to Swiftair Aviation Services Pty. Ltd., Lismore, NSW.
11JUN80
  Owner shown as Roydit Pty. Ltd. trading as Swiftair Aviation Services.
20OCT80
  Last flight (Lismore/Evans Head?). Total time 10,310 hrs. 40 min.
    From JAN78 to OCT80 the aircraft was flown only by Cec Swift as pilot-in-command. (Source: Peter Swift, son of Cec Swift)
    Aircraft stored at Evans Head.
16OCT81
  Removed from the register w.e.f. 28SEP81.
OCT86
  Sold to Queensland Air Museum.
10MAY87
  Arrived at Caloundra on trucks.
VH-MAL
   
89
  Painted in Mandated Airlines colours as VH-MAL "Rai".
28OCT89
  Pilots' reunion at Caloundra. Present were Capt Jack Stammer and his wife Lillian. Capt Jim Perry and his wife Olga and Capt Ray Harris.



 

See: Axe Attack Revisited

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
6
05NOV13
Added a link to the story Axe Attack Revisited
5
07OCT12
Added details of an undercarriage incident on 17 April 1958 thanks to Joe Salfas, Ian Follett and Roger McDonald.
4
04APR09
Added several references sourced from DCA files by Geoff Goodall. Also added several new images by Geoff Goodall.
3
28JUN08
Added an image of Sir Reginald and Lady Maureen Barnewall with the Dove.
2
25JUN08
Added 25 new images. Also added confirmation from Cec Swift's son, Peter, that his father was the only person to fly VH-DSM as pilot-in-command during the period JAN78 to OCT80.
1
02JAN02
Original issue