VH-EAZ. de Havilland DHC-3 Otter. c/n 258. Was also registered as: VH-SBT.


Last of four aircraft 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

Aircraft shipped to Australia - April 15, 1958

Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Bankstown - May 1958

Purchased by Qantas from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAZ - August 21, 1958

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)

Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?

Sold to Trans Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - September 1, 1960

Reregistered as VH-SBT - December 8, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft retained name 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)

Aircraft withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport - ?

Sold to Air West, Vancouver, Canada - August 1968

Departed Sydney (Bankstown) Airport on ferry flight to Canada - August 17, 1968

Arrived Vancouver at conclusion of ferry flight - ?

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - August 27, 1968

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-XRI - August 1968

Registered to Air West, Vancouver, Canada

Reregistered as C-FXRI - ?

Observed being operated by Air West, Vancouver, British Columbia - December 1975

Air West acquired by Air BC, Ltd, Vancouver - December 1980

Ownership transferred to Air BC

Damaged when starboard float struck submerged rock on the Campbell River - February 4, 1981

Repaired and returned to service

Registered to Coval Air, Campbell River, Ontario, Canada - November 25, 1982

Observed being operated by Coval Air, British Columbia - January 1986

Obsrved stored at Vancouver - April 30, 1986 to April 22, 1987

Registered to Osprey Wings, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada - April 22, 1987

Converted to Pratt and Whitney Canada PT-6A-135A turbine engine by TC Aviation, Saskatchewan

Operated as an amphibian with floats, wheels and skis

Current with Osprey Wings



VH-EAZ. Qantas - in the full livery at Tapini Airstrip, New Guinea, circa 1959.

VH-SBT. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, circa 1968.

VH-SBT. TAA - in the basic livery, location and date unknown.