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DH.90 Dragonfly
A43-1/ VH-USX
Tied down at Darwin
October 1967, flying days finished and rapidly deteriorating in the topical climate.
Photo by Neil Follett

     
 

De Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly Image Gallery

 
     
 
RAAF Serial c/n Aircraft History
A43-1 7546 Registered VH-UXS 05/08/37 to 16/02/42.
Impressed into RAAF Service 11/02/42.
To 2 CF 11/02/42.
To 1 AD 16/02/42.
Converted to an air-ambulance 06/02/42.
To 2 CF 16/02/42.
Landing accident 10/08/42.
To 3 AD for repairs.
To APL Archerfield 29/10/42.
To 3 AD 23/04/43.
To PTU 10/06/43.
To 3 AD 06/12/44.
Sold for 850 pounds 09/03/45 to L McDonald of Cairns.
Registered VH-UXS 08/08/45 to 28/09/49 and 28/12/50 to 17/07/68.
Withdrawn from use and sat in the open at Darwin NT.
In 1968 The Australian Aircraft Restoration Group (Moorabbin Air Museum) attempted to buy the aircraft but were told that it was to be returned to airworthiness.
The aircraft deteriorated rapidly in the harsh Darwin climate and rotted away were it stood
It is believed parts salvaged exist in NSW so hopefully it may make a Lazarus like return one day.

DH.90 Dragonfly
A43-1/VH-UXS      DH.90 Dragonfly
A43-1/VH-UXS
Photo Gary Norwood   DH.90 Dragonfly
A43-1/ VH-USX
Tied down at Darwin
October 1967, flying days finished and rapidly deteriorating in the topical climate.
Photo by Neil Follett   DH.90 Dragonfly
A43-1/VH-USX
Final days Darwin c 1973
Ian Smart via Ron Cuskelly

 
     
     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick and Steve Mackenzie (updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards) 

Source: RAAF Museum Website, CASA Aircraft Records, RAAF Status Cards.
More details nay be read at http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh90/dh90dragonfly.html

Emails: John Andrade,

Updated 13th September 2017

 

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