VH-HEA. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 222.

 

This aircraft was built by de Havilland Canada at Downsview, Ontario - 1969

First flown at Downsview as CF-? - March 21, 1969

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines

The registration 'CF-QEI' was reserved but subsequently not used - July 15, 1969

This aircraft remained unsold and was placed in storage at Downsview

Sold to MAC Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa-Locka, Florida - November 11, 1969

Leased to Island Air Lease t/a Out Island Airways, Nassau - November 11, 1969

Entered onto the Bermudian Aircraft Register as VP-BDB - November 11, 1969

Out Island Airways merged with Bahamasair, Nassau - June 07, 1973

Cancelled from the Bermudian Aircraft Register - ? 1975

Entered onto the Bahamas Aircraft Register as C6-BDB - ? 1975

Sold to Slate Falls Airways, Sioux Lookout, ON - April 09, 1976

Cancelled from the Bahamas Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GSFC - ?

Sold to Pace Air, Winnipeg, MB - November 13, 1979

Sold to Talair, Papua New Guinea - February 1980

Used the temporary registration 'N5593K' for the ferry flight to Papua New Guinea

Departed Toronto on the ferry flight to Papua New Guinea - February 28, 1980

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-RDF - March 1980

Registered to Talair, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

The aircraft was withdrawn from service at Goroka when Talair ceased operations - May 25, 1993

Ferried Goroka - Cairns for storage - July 16, 1993

Ferried Cairns - Mareeba for storage - ?

Sold / leased to Airlink, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - September 1993

Registered as P2-ALU - October 07, 1993

Registered to Airlink, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Ferried Mareeba - Rabaul - ?

Withdrawn from service by Airlink - ?

Ferried Port Moresby - Maroochydore (Queensland) - October 17, 1998

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-HEA - November 25, 1998

Registered to Eastland Air, Toowoomba, Queensland

The aircraft remained stored at Maroochydore as 'P2-ALU'

It was transported by road from Maroochydore to Toowoomba for reduction to spares - September 2000

Fuselage and wings subsequently transported to Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

Fuselage and wings observed at Thunder Bay - March 2004

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?

Current status - ?

 

P2-RDF. Talair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-857.)