VH-CLZ. de Havilland DH-114-2E/A1 Heron. c/n 14075.

 

This aircraft was one of eight aircraft ordered new by Indian Airlines - ?

It was built at the de Havilland plant, Chester and configured to seat 14 passengers

Delivered to the Indian Airlines as Heron 2E - August 1955

Entered onto the Indian Aircraft Register as VT-DHJ - ?

Sold to Hindustan Steel Pty - 1958

Sold to Indamer Company - May 1962

Sold to Fiji Airways Ltd - December 1962

Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as VQ-FAC - ?

Fiji Airways was renamed Air Pacific - July 31, 1971

Reregistered as DQ-FAC - October 1971

Sold to Connair Ltd - June 12, 1975

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CLZ - April 19, 1977

Registered to Connair Pty Ltd, Alice Springs

It was converted to a Heron 2D/A1 with Lycoming engines before entering service

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

Registered to Northern Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - June 18, 1980

Sold to Airlines of Tasmania - June 1983

Ferried Alice Springs - Leigh Creek - Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston in Northern livery - July 04, 1983

The aircraft was named 'Spirit of Tasmania'

Withdrawn from use at Launceston and used as a source for spares

Airlines of Tasmania suspended operations - February 14, 1997

Sold to Australian Pacific Air Parts - August 13, 1997

As this aircraft was considered to be non-airworthy it was grounded permanently

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 29, 1997

Sold to IBJ International Aviation Consultants t/a Heron Airlines - July 22, 1998

Transferred to Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania

Current status - ?

 

VQ-FAC. Fiji Airways - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-209.)

DQ-FAC. Air Pacific - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, July 1976.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-700.)

VH-CLZ. Connair - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, circa 1978.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-205.)

VH-CLZ. Connair - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, December 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-009.)

VH-CLZ. Northern - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-206.)

VH-CLZ. Northern - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, August 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-010.)

VH-CLZ. Northern - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-884.)