VH-EAX. de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter. c/n 247.

Was also registered as: VH-SBR.

 

This aircraft was the second of four ordered by Qantas Airways Ltd - ?

Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine

The aircraft was shipped from New York City, on the S. S. City of Auckland - March 06, 1958

It was delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Sydney (Bankstown) - April 14, 1958

Purchased by Qantas Airways from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown

Accepted by Qantas in a joint handover ceremony at Sydney (Bankstown) with VH-EAW - May 27, 1958

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAX - May 27, 1958

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

The aircraft was named ‘Kokopo’ (New Britain)

Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?

Sold to Trans Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - September 01, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBR - December 08, 1960

The aircraft was renamed ‘Kundiawa’

Withdrawn from T. A. A. service - October 30, 1966

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - December 22, 1966

Observed stored Sydney (Bankstown) awaiting sale - July 20, 1968

Sold to North Canada Air, Prince Albert, Canada - March 1969

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-YLZ - ?

Reregistered as C-FYLZ - ?

Registered to Dawn Air Ltd, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada - June 13, 1983

Registered to Osprey Wings, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada - October 16, 1992

Converted to Pratt and Whitney Canada PT-6A-135A turbine engine

Operated as an amphibian with floats, wheels and skis

Registered to Nueltin Lake Air Services Ltd, Alonso, Manitoba, Canada - September 23, 1998

Registered to Mattice Lake Outfitters Ltd, Armstrong, Ontario - January 05, 2006

Registered to Wabakimi Air Ltd, Armstrong, Ontario, Canada - April 19, 2006

Registered to West Caribou Air Services, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - May 16, 2012

Registration cancelled by West Caribou Air - March 7, 2013

Current status - ?

 

VH-EAX. Qantas - 'Kokopo' in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, May 1958.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-393.)

VH-EAX. Qantas - 'Kokopo' in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, May 1958.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-394.)

VH-EAX. Qantas - 'Kokopo' in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, May 1958.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-401.)

VH-EAX. Qantas - 'Kokopo' in the standard livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, May 1958.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-401A.)

VH-SBR. TAA - 'Kundiawa' in the 'Sunbird Services' livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, June 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-013.)