VH-CLY. de Havilland DH-114-2D Heron. c/n 14122.
This aircraft was ordered new by Aviacion y Comercio S.A. (AVIACO), Spain - ?
It was built at the Chester plant
It was configured to seat 14 passengers
Accepted by AVIACO at Chester - August 15, 1957
Departed Chester on the ferry flight to Madrid - August 15, 1957
Entered onto the Spanish Aircraft Register as EC-AOC - August 1957
Cancelled from the Spanish Aircraft Register - ?
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ASVB (CofR R.5943/1) - July 31, 1964
Registered to Morton Air Services Ltd, Gatwick, Surrey
The aircraft did not enter service with Morton Air Services
Sold to Fiji Airways Ltd - October 1964
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - October 01, 1964
Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as VQ-FAE - October 1964
Handed over to Fiji Airways at Suva, Fiji - November 16, 1964
Fiji Airways was renamed Air Pacific - July 31, 1971
Reregistered at DQ-FAE - October 1971
Sold to Connair Pty Ltd - July 29, 1975Converted to Heron 2D/A1 standard by having Lycoming engines installed - 1976
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CLY - August 17, 1976
Registered to Connair Pty Ltd, Alice SpringsConnair was purchased by East West Airlines and was officially renamed Northern Airlines - June 09, 1980
Operated first revenue service as Northern Airlines - June 09, 1980
Repainted into new Northern Airlines livery at Alice Springs - June 26 - 27, 1980
Registered to Northern Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd - July 03, 1980
Northern Airlines ceased operations - February 06, 1981
Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Alice Springs
Sold to Airlines of Tasmania - May 1983
Ferried Alice Springs - Leigh Creek - Melbourne (Essendon) - Launceston - May 09, 1983
Entered service in the basic Northern Airlines livery - May 1983
This aircraft was badly damaged whilst landing at Launceston - August 03, 1983
It was operating the regular passenger flight from King Island - Wynyard - Launceston
All passengers and crew escaped uninjured
It was deemed to be uneconomical to repair and was written off and scrapped
Some parts including the wings were used in the restoration / repair of VH-CLX
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?
VH-CLY. Connair - in the standard livery at Alice Springs Airport, March 09, 1977.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-887.)
VH-CLY. Airlines of Tasmania - in the basic Northern livery at Launceston Airport, August 1983.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-008.)