VH-USW. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 707.

Was also registered as: VH-HPT.

 

This aircraft was originally ordered by Upali Trading Company, Sri Lanka

Rolled out at the de Havilland Canada Downsview, Ontario plant - June 1980

First flown at Downsview - July 16, 1980

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines

Entered onto the Sri Lankan Aircraft Register as 4R-UAA - ?

Registered to Upali Trading Company, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Accepted by the Upali Trading Company at Downsview - September 16, 1980

Departed Downsview on the delivery flight to Sri Lanka - September 17, 1980

Withdrawn from service - ?

Intended sale to Bannock Aerospace, Toronto did not eventuate due to extensive airframe corrosion - October 1983

Sold to Skywest Airlines - 1984

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-USW - February 09, 1984

Registered to Skywest Airlines, Perth. W.A.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Perth - March 31, 1996

The aircraft was reregistered as VH-HPT - December 23, 1996

Registered to Hawker Pacific Aviation, Sydney, N.S.W.

Leased to the Royal Australian Army, 1st Aviation Regiment, Queensland as the registered operator - January 17, 1997

Returned to Hawker Pacific Aviation on termination of the lease - April 29, 2005

Withdrawn from use and advertised for sale

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?

Sold to the United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command, Al Ain, U.A.E. - August 23, 2005

Although intended to be used as a source of spare parts this aircraft may have been restored

Unsubstantiated reports indicate it may be operating as 'SY-007' for the Seychelles People's Defence Force

Current status - ?

 

VH-USW. Skywest - in the standard livery at Kununurra Airport, June 18, 1984.

(M. Prime Copyright Image 1920-864.)

VH-USW. Skywest - in the standard livery at Derby Airport, September 17, 1984.

(M. Prime Copyright Image 1920-855.)

VH-USW. Skywest - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, November 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-920.)

VH-USW. Skywest - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, November 1984.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-379.)

VH-USW. Skywest Airlines - in the revised livery at Perth Airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-921.)

VH-USW. Skywest Airlines - in the revised livery at Perth Airport, July 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-922.)

VH-USW. Skywest - in the revised livery at Perth Airport, June 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-813.)

VH-USW. Skywest Aviation - in the revised livery at Perth Airport, April 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-860.)

VH-HPT. Royal Australian Army - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, September 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-814.)