VH-EAT. de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. c/n 645.

It was also registered as: VH-FBV.


This was the second of four aircraft ordered new by Qantas Airways Ltd - ?

Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R.985 Wasp Junior engine

Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Sydney (Bankstown) - December 07, 1954

Purchased from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown by Qantas Airways - December 08, 1954

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAT - January 06, 1955

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Fitted with floats and based at Port Moresby, Papua-New Guinea

Sold to Australasian Petroleum Ltd, New Guinea - April 14, 1958

Reregistered as VH-FBV - April 14, 1958

Sold to NNGLM De Kroonduif, Nieuw Guinea, West Netherlands Luchivaart Masatschappij as 'JZ-PAE' - ?

Registered J2-PAE for NNGLM De Krooduif - May 14, 1961

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - June 1961

The aircraft was named ‘Etnabaai’ during the festivities of the Royal Dutch Air Force at Mokmer

The registration J2-PAE was cancelled - December 31, 1962

Transferred to Garuda Indonesia Airways after Indonesia independence from the Dutch - December 31, 1962

Entered onto Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-GBD - ?

Operated on behalf of Garuda by Merpati Nusantara Airlines

Withdrawn from use and fate is unknown



VH-EAT. Qantas - in the original livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, January 1955.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-474.)

VH-EAT. Qantas - in the original livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, January 1955.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-391.)

VH-EAT. Qantas - in the original livery at Middle Town, New Guinea, date unknown.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 1920-392.)