VH-EAZ. de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter. c/n 258.

Was also registered as: VH-SBT.

 

This aircraft was the 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

It was shipped to Australia - April 15, 1958

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

Purchased by Qantas Airways from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown

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

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

The aircraft was named 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)

Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?

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

Reregistered as VH-SBT - December 08, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

The aircraft retained the name 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)

It was withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Bankstown) - ?

Sold to Air West, Vancouver, Canada - August 1968

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

Arrived Vancouver on completion of the 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 was acquired by Air BC, Ltd, Vancouver - December 1980

Ownership was then transferred to Air BC

It was badly damaged when the starboard float struck a submerged rock on the Campbell River - February 04, 1981

It was 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 - 'Kerowagi' in the standard livery at Tapini Airstip, New Guinea, circa 1959.

(K. Gould Copyright Image 1920-514.)

VH-EAZ. Qantas - 'Kerowagi' in the standard livery at Tapini Airstip, New Guinea, circa 1959.

(K. Gould Copyright Image 1920-514A.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-160.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-526.)