VH-CLW. de Havilland DH-114-2D Heron. c/n 14108.

 

This aircraft was owned by the de Havilland Aircraft Company and initially flown as 'G-5-15'

Sold to Deutsche Luftwaffe as communication and personal transport for Luftwaffe Chief-of-Staff - May 21, 1957

Accepted by the Luftwaffe as 'CA+001' at Wahn, Germany - May 21, 957

Reportedly used as the personal aircraft of Chancellor Conrad Adenauer for internal flights

It was withdrawn from use - 1963

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ASFI (CofR R.5781/1) - March 04, 1963

Registered to Shackleton Aviation Ltd (Aircraft Brokerage Company), Piccadilly, London

Sold to Transportes Aereos de Guinea Portuguesa - September 15, 1964

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - September 15, 1964

Entered onto the Portuguese Aircraft Register as CR-GAT - ?

Sold to Connellan Airways Ltd - 1970

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CLW - July 21, 1970

Registered to Connellan Airways Ltd, Alice Springs

Registered to Connair Pty Ltd following the company's change of name - November 19, 1970

Converted to Heron 2E/A1 standard by having Lycoming engines installed - March 1972

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Alice Springs - 1976

Sold to Premiair / Kendell Airlines - December 1976

Registered to Premiair Aviation Pty Ltd - February 16, 1977

Leased to Executive Air Services for evaluation purposes - February - May, 1980

Sold to Air Tungaru, Kiribati - May 30, 1981

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 30, 1981

Entered onto the Kiribati Aircraft Register as T3-ATA - May 30, 1981

Departed Wagga Wagga on the ferry flight to Kiribati - May 30, 1981

Arrived Tarawa, Kiribati on completion of the ferry flight - June 20, 1981

Sold to Sunflower Airlines, Fiji - December 1984

Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as DQ-FDY - December 01, 1984

The aircraft was named 'Belo Vula' (White Heron)

At time of sale the aircraft had flown 18,953 hours

Damaged at Nadi Airport - August 21, 1988

Repaired and returned to service

Sold to Heron Airlines, Sydney - July 1995

Aircraft did not return to the Australian Aircraft Register nor was it operated by Heron Airlines

Reported that the airframe was donated to the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown - May 1999

Observed at Bankstown as 'DQ-FDY' in derelict state - October 2002 and June 2005

Examination of 'Google Maps' shows this aircraft in storage in derelict condition at Bankstown Airport - 2014

 

VH-CLW. Connair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 1972.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-945.)

VH-CLW. Kendell Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1977.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-892.)

VH-CLW. Kendell Airlines - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-688.)

VH-CLW. Kendell Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-924.)

VH-CLW. Kendell Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, October 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-942.)

VH-CLW. Executive - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, March 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-007.)

VH-CLW. Sunflower Airlines - 'Belo Vula' in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, August 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-893.)