VH-AAC  (1)  de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon 1                      (c/n  6025)


                                   This Dragon was formerly G-ACGG, built in 1933 and exported to Mandated Airlines
                                   of Lae in 1938.  It was impressed into RAAF service in 1941 becoming A34-10. Rest-
                                   ored to the register in 1944, it went to Aircrafts Pty Ltd of Brisbane who were, at the
                                   time, desperate for aircraft to maintain a modicum of wartime airline services in Queens-
                                   land and northern NSW.  This airline operated scheduled services from Brisbane to
                                   Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rockhampton to the north and to Casino and Grafton in
                                   the south.     It became Queensland Airlines in 1948.  The above image is courtesy of the
                                   John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.   VH-AAC returned to New Guinea in
                                   June 1948 when APL sold it to Taylors Air Transport at Lae.  It later passed into the hands
                                   of its original owner, Mandated Airlines and was written off when it crashed at Slate Creek,
                                   NG in January 1951.  The photo below, from the Roger McDonald collection, was taken
                                   at Archerfield, circa 1947 while the aircraft was in APL service.