Havilland D.H.90 Dragonfly (c/n 7508)
Formerly G-AEDT, this Dragonfly was imported
for Adastra Aerial Surveys in 1938. It did survey
various state government agencies and was used for military surveys
during WW II. In
June 1951 it was sold to
Bush Pilots Airways. In my shot, at Cairns, above, it is wearing
titling. Unfortunately, my camera in those days was extremely
poor and the sharpness is just not
there.. VH-AAD was sold to Kingsford
Smith Aviation in 1954, who, two years later, sold it to
the Griffith Aero
Club.. See my image below, (provenance lost in
time.). The club used it until
August 1963 when it was
sold to Charles Masefield and Lord David Trefgame of London, U.K.
. These two gentlemen had ferried
a new Beagle Airdale (G-ASBI) out from the U.K. to Adelaide
June 1963, and purchased the Dragonfly to take back to England.
In a ceremony at Banks-
town on 2 November
1963 it was christened 'Endeavor'
and had been finished in a gorgeous
blue and white paint job
as seen in David Eyre's shot at the foot of the page. It arrived at
on 24 December
1963. After this historic (heroic, if you ask
me) flight, the Dragonfly had a some-
was sold to sold to the Tallmantz Museum Collection in July 1964 and
was flown to the US (via
Iceland) by Messrs Charles Masefield and Lord Trefgarne. There,
registered N2304, although all indications lead to the fact that it was
never so painted,
but remained as
G-AEDT in its time in the U.S. Tallmantz didn't keep
it long for some reason and
it was sold to a
company in Omaha, Nebraska. From there it went to the J.L.
Tetling collection of
Boise, Idaho where it
deteriorated badly until September of 1986
when the entire Tetling collection
was sold at auction.
then acquired by Brian Woodward of Wessex Aviation and Transport
of Somerset and returned again to England. Some eighteen
months of restoration occurred
when it flew again at the Badminton
fly-in of in July 1988. In 1996 it was sold to Colin Smith of the
Croydon Aircraft Co of
Mandeville, New Zealand and arrived in a
container in that country in
December 1997, making yet another
flight" in April 1998 at Mandeville. It was
ZK-AYR, this rego not
having been allotted back in the 1950s. . In 2012 the
in an advertisement for sale in
'Trade-A-Plane" magazine for close to 2 million dollars.
of 2015, it is still in New Zealand.