VH-FNU. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300. Twin Otter. c/n 286.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Air Caledonie, Noumea

Rolled out of the de Havilland Canada Downsview, Toronto plant as 'N8286' - October 1970

First flown as 'N8286' at Downsview, Toronto - October 1970

Handed over to Air Capital Inc as the ferry contractor for the delivery flight to New Caledonia - October 28, 1970

Observed at Wichita, Kansas - November 05, 1970

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-OCQD - December 17, 1970

Registered to Air Caledonie, Noumea

Sold to Air Melanesiae, Port Vila - July 24, 1975

Cancelled from the French Aircraft Register - August 28, 1985

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-RDI - September 20, 1985

Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

The aircraft was severly damaged as Eas'Aia, Vanuatu - October 29, 1992

Details regarding this accident have not been located but the aircraft was repaired and returned to service

The aircraft was placed in storage at Goroka when Talair ceased operations - May 25, 1993

It was painted all-white and named 'The Last Warrior' as it was the last Talair aircraft to depart Papua New Guinea

Ferried Goroka - Cairns - September 29, 1993

Ferried Cairns - Mareeba for long-term storage - September 1993

Departed Mareeba on the ferry flight to Brisbane for storage - June 04, 1995

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - ?

Entered into the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-FNU - November 11, 1996

Registered to Flight West Airlines, Eagle Farm. Brisbane

Leased to Transtate Airlines, Archerfield, Queensland as the registered operator - September 03, 1998

Returned to Flight West on termination of the lase - January 2000

Registered to Regional Pacific Airlines, Edge Hill, Queensland - May 23, 2000

Leased to Macair Airlines, Archfield, Queensland as the registered operator - July 18, 2000

Returned to Regional Pacific Airlines on termination of the lease - ? 2000

Sold to Eastland Air, Toowoomba, Queensland - November 2000

Reregistered to FNU Pty Ltd, Maroochydore, Queensland - July 15, 2002

Leased to Regional Pacific Airlines as the registered operator - September 10, 2002

Sub-leased to Air Loyaute, Noumea, New Caledonia as the registered operator - October 2002

The intended French registration 'F-OIAY' was not taken up

Returned to Regional Pacific Airlines on termination of the sub-lease - March 2003

Transferred to Island Pacifc Air, Townsville, Queensland - July 2006

Sold to Turbo North Aviation, Anchorage, Alaska - April 06, 2007

Departed Toowoomba on the ferry flight to the United States - May 25, 2007

Arrived Murietta (California) on completion of the ferry flight - May 31, 2007

Ferry route: Toowoomba - Brisbane - Noumea - Pago Pago - Kiritimati - Hilo - Pompona - Murietta

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 07, 2007

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N969AC - ?

Sold to Aero Coastal, Wilmington, Delaware - September 24, 2007

Leased to NEOS GeoSolutions Inc, Houston, Texas as the registered operator

Sold to Gravitas Aviation Inv, Vancouver, BC - November 2012

Ferried Houston - Murietta - November 02, 2012

Ferried San Marcos (Texas) - Joplin (MO) - DeKaib (IL) - July 23, 2013

Registered to Berry Aviation Inc, San Marcos, Texas - July 24, 2013

Ferried Aurora (IL) - Tulsa - R L Jones (OK) - San Marcos (Texas) - August 21, 2013

Current status - ?

 

VH-FNU. Macair - in the basic livery at an unknown airport, July 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-821.)