VH-CLY. de Havilland DH-114-2D Heron. c/n 14122.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Aviacion y Comercio S.A. (AVIACO), Spain - ?

It was built at the Chester plant

It was configured to seat 14 passengers

Accepted by AVIACO at Chester - August 15, 1957

Departed Chester on the ferry flight to Madrid - August 15, 1957

Entered onto the Spanish Aircraft Register as EC-AOC - August 1957

Cancelled from the Spanish Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ASVB (CofR R.5943/1) - July 31, 1964

Registered to Morton Air Services Ltd, Gatwick, Surrey

The aircraft did not enter service with Morton Air Services

Sold to Fiji Airways Ltd - October 1964

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - October 01, 1964

Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as VQ-FAE - October 1964

Handed over to Fiji Airways at Suva, Fiji - November 16, 1964

Fiji Airways was renamed Air Pacific - July 31, 1971

Reregistered at DQ-FAE - October 1971

Sold to Connair Pty Ltd - July 29, 1975

Converted to Heron 2D/A1 standard by having Lycoming engines installed - 1976

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CLY - August 17, 1976

Registered to Connair Pty Ltd, Alice Springs

Connair was purchased by East West Airlines and was officially renamed Northern Airlines - June 09, 1980

Operated first revenue service as Northern Airlines - June 09, 1980

Repainted into new Northern Airlines livery at Alice Springs - June 26 - 27, 1980

Registered to Northern Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - July 03, 1980

Northern Airlines ceased operations - February 06, 1981

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Alice Springs

Sold to Airlines of Tasmania - May 1983

Ferried Alice Springs - Leigh Creek - Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston - May 09, 1983

Entered service in the basic Northern Airlines livery - May 1983

This aircraft was badly damaged whilst landing at Launceston - August 03, 1983

It was operating the regular passenger flight from King Island - Wynyard - Launceston

All passengers and crew escaped uninjured

It was deemed to be uneconomical to repair and was written off and scrapped

Some parts including the wings were used in the restoration / repair of VH-CLX

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?

 

VH-CLY. Connair - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, March 09, 1977.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-887.)

VH-CLY. Airlines of Tasmania - in the basic Northern livery at Launceston Airport, August 1983.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-008.)